The Land Rover TOPIx site provides all sorts of technical information, we’ve posted about it before. Some is free and some requires a subscription, which can be had for just an hour at a time if needed. Although I thought I was keeping a close eye on it for L405 information, it was a post over on RangeRovers.net that let me know it was live.
Prior to UK launch, a vehicle listed as LXXX with no further information appeared on the site. Then post launch, it changed to Range Rover (All New) / L405 with the proper graphic. First the Quick Start guides showed up, then the actual Owner’s Handbook.
It’s always fun reading through this stuff and finding some new bits of info. While all subject to change and might not necessarily be anything new(compared to the Sport or Evoque), these items interested me.
- As listed, there is a Dual View section in the UK version, but it’s missing from the US version, looks like we won’t be seeing it here. I had hoped it would make it for the 2013 model. It’s probably a government red tape issue, but Mercedes Benz sells it on the S-Class, so it’s obviously not completely outlawed.
- 10 CDs can be ripped and stored on the internal hard drive.
- Audio can be streamed from a compatible Bluetooth device
- Global opening no longer opens the sunroof
- Climate seats are now controlled through the touchscreen, maybe something more like 40% less buttons wouldn’t have been a bad thing.
- Some Climate controls are also moved to the touchscreen, I see this as more of a wash, since you lose the ability to quickly set where the air flow is going, you do gain the capability of discreetly setting the individual front passenger airflow. I like that.
- Off-Road 1 height is 1.6 in (40 mm) above normal height up to 50 mph (80 km/h).
Off-Road 2 height is 2.9 in (75 mm) above normal height up to 31 mph (50 km/h).
- All headlight controls have moved from a dial on the dash to the left stalk on the steering wheel.
- Powered tailgate buttons only open top section, then you manually press the button on the lower section to open that. Pressing the close button will then close both sections
- Child safety locks for the rear doors are now controlled electronically from the front seat. The button that previously was used to lock the rear window controls and front passenger seat away, now also disables the rear door handles. I actually like this one quite a bit.
I think that’s it for now, there’s plenty more but I think I’ve bored you enough, have fun!