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A+E Networks, Land Rover team up for 'All You Need To Know: Overlanding' special

The Land Rover Defender is showcased in a new documentary that features a five-day overloading expedition.

Photo courtesy of Land Rover North America

A new 60-minute documentary will explore the ins and outs of overlanding. "All You Need to Know: Overlanding" is a joint effort from A+E Networks and Land Rover North America and will be presented on FYI on Saturday, April 18.

The special dives into the trend of overlanding, a type of outdoor adventuring that is rooted in off-the-grid travel and exploration sans hotel, motel, or Holiday Inn.

Created in partnership with the Land Rover brand's media agency of record, Dentsu X, the documentary explores how the newest generation Land Rover Defender can take three adventurers to their limit as they travel through Arizona and Utah.

For 2021, the Land Rover Defender has gotten a new mid-grade X-Dynamic model. Photo courtesy of Land Rover

2021 Land Rover Defender

"Popular interest in overlanding is exploding worldwide and set to become the next really big thing in the outdoor and SUV space," said Christian Murphy, head of Enthusiast brands, A+E Networks. "Through this unique partnership with Land Rover, the Defender becomes a character in the adventure - not only enabling the journey but capturing the spirit of outdoor exploration. We've created content that inserts unique expertise into this huge trend, features American landmarks and hopefully spurs audiences to explore the great outdoors."

The show is hosted by Murphy, a native Australian, outdoor enthusiast, and professional presenter who has been storytelling via video for over 20 years.

Murphy is joined by overland expert Scott Brady, an overloading pro, for a five-day off-the-grid overloading adventure. The duo explore North America's landscape taking in iconic and beautiful scenery.

"Overlanding brings a unique joy and nuance to travel, providing access to all of the experiences, culture, and natural beauty between points A and Z," said Brady, CEO of Overland International, Inc. "Using an overland vehicle like the Defender allows us to get off the beaten path, to venture further into the unknown, and the connect with adventure in entirely different ways. As travelers, we need experiences like that more than ever."

The program is aimed at educating and equipping outdoor enthusiast viewers with practical aspects of overlanding - background and history, planning, driving techniques, expert advice, products, tools and resources.

The Defender, a legendary off-roader, was remade for the 2020 model year. It comes in both Defender 90 and Defender 110 versions. The 90s are three-door models while the 110s have five-doors. The 2021 version of the Defender is now on sale in the U.S.

"AYNTK: Overlanding" premieres in the Outdoor block Sunday, April 18th at 10 p.m. ET on FYI followed by an encore on The HISTORY Channel Saturday, April 24th at 9 a.m. ET.

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David Beckham is the new face of Maserati.

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David Beckham is turning his passion for supercars into a side gig. The former Manchester United midfielder has become the new face of Maserati.

Beckham has a long history as a car nut. He's owned Rolls-Royces, Bentleys, McLarens, Cadillacs, Audis, Aston Martins, Jaguars, BMWs, Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Hummers, and Jeeps, just to name a few. A year ago an Aston Martin Volante owned by Golden Balls went under the hammer and a little later in the year he was named one of the top five celebrities people would prefer to have deliver their new car to their home.

Maserati has a number of new projects up its sleeve besides partnering with Beckham. The company recently launched the new Ghibli Hybrid, a vehicle that the Modena-based manufacturer sees as a jumping off point for the new version of the brand - one where electrification and performance take center stage. Call it the Italian version of Akio Toyoda's famous "no boring cars" statement.

"The Brand is moving forward, inaugurated a new Era. Maserati is driven to challenge the status quo being innovative by nature, powered by passion, and unique by design. The partnership with David is the embodiment of all these values,: said Paolo Tubito, Maserati Chief Marketing Officer.

For 2021, Maserati also added a trio of Trofeos to its lineup. The The Maserati Levante Trofeo,. Ghibli Trofeo,and Quattroporte Trofeo are the most extreme versions of the vehicles available new from the manufacturer.

Beckham makes his debut in a new movie featuring the Levante Trofeo, performing the "audacious" act of driving a Maserati. The setting is Miami, the home city of Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami, an MLS soccer club that Becks co-owns with Marcelo Claure, Jorge Mas, Masayoshi Son, and José R. Mas.

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The 2022 Lexus ES will debut next week.

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The meat and potatoes of the Lexus sedan lineup, the ES, is due for a refresh, and it will get one. The 2022 Lexus ES will be shown publicly for the first time this Sunday as part of the festivities of the Shanghai auto show.

While the photo doesn't tell a lot, there's some things you can bet on in the 2022 ES. For starters, look for all the improvements that the auto has gotten over the last two years to carry over into the new model. That includes the addition of all-wheel drive to the lineup and standard blind spot monitor and rear cross traffic alert.

The ES Black Line may not make its way to the 2022 version of the midsize sedan. Generally, blacked out editions are available only at the tail end of a model run ahead of a refresh or generational redesign. However, the blacked out elements could become available as part of a package.

The headlight photo that Lexus has offered as a teaser shows a housing that is not dissimilar to the one that the Lexus IS wears. However, the daytime running light is on the bottom here, instead off the top. Like the IS, there are strong hood lines.

At the back, the preview video shows a vehicle that is very similar to the current model. It's taillights, a strong chrome line that runs the width of the year, and rear lip spoiler all look mostly same as before.

As for what to expect underneath the body of the car, there's not a lot of indication from the teasers, which leads one to believe that's where the biggest changes are coming. There's a good chance that we'll finally say goodbye to the Lexus touch pad in favor of a touch screen display that's within a comfortable distance.

It's also likely that Lexus will fine tune the dynamics of the ES in a similar fashion to how the Lexus IS got more performance-focused driving dynamics in its latest redo.

Stay tuned for more specifics are the curtain is pulled back on April 19 in China (April 18 in the U.S.).

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