2013 October

MY2014.5 Park Assist Updates for the Range Rover

The 2014.5 model year for the Range Rover will begin with December builds.  We knew what was coming, the minor updates to various systems.  Now we actually know how some of them will work.

As described in the official PR:

Planned for a mid-year introduction, the Range Rover will offer Enhanced Parking Aids to bolster the already-available Parallel Park feature. Parking Exit will be able to help the driver to automatically exit parallel parking spaces; Perpendicular Park can automatically position the vehicle centrally in parking spaces to maximize exiting room on both sides, 360-degree Park Distance Control will provide virtual object tracking along the sides of the vehicle at speeds of up to 10mph (16km/h).

New optional Lane Departure will use a forward-looking camera to monitor the vehicle’s position between lane markings. The Lane Departure Warning system provides haptic feedback through the steering wheel should the driver begin to move out of lane without using a turn signal.  The same camera is used for the Traffic Sign Recognition system, which identifies speed limit signs and a variety of other warning and information signs.

We’ll focus on the two new Parking Aid items: Parking Exit and Perpendicular Park.2014.5-pp

The thing I hadn’t realized was that Perpendicular parking would be for reversing into a space, in hindsight it makes sense and makes the feature more interesting.  I also wondered how it would be activated, with two additional features, how would the controls change.  Now we know:

The Park assist button can be used to scroll through the 3 Park assist features:
• A first press of the button turns the system on and selects Parallel parking.
• A second press of the button selects Perpendicular parking.
• A third press of the button selects Parking exit.
• A fourth press of the button turns the system off and will extinguish the LED.

Range Rover 14.5MY UK Pricing & Order Guide – Issue 4 – for builds from December 16, 2013

Thank you Cyril so much for this document, it’s an interesting read for someone in the market for a new Range Rover – behind the scenes notes, options & pricing

It’s an Excel document, about 2MB in size.

Range Rover 14.5MY UK Pricing & Order Guide – Issue 4 – 16th December 2013 (Excel)

Enjoy!

Range Rover LWB to add Side Window Blinds & an audio system to aide communication with the chauffer

Details are still sketchy but it appears side window blinds, also found in many competitors vehicles will be added to the Long Wheelbase version of the new Range Rover.  Not sure if we’ll see this in the SWB models.

They’ll operate with no added buttons – with the windows closed, another pull up on the switch will raise the blinds.

Similar to what you see here in the S-Class:

Also for the LWB, they’ve added what’s being called, Conversation Assist.  It’s described as:

Conversation assist enables the front and rear occupants to speak to each other, aided by the
vehicle’s Audio system.

Conversation assist offers 3 options:
• Off: Touch to switch the system On/Off.
• Low: Touch to select low volume.
• High: Touch to select high volume.

My question is this – How far back do you really sit in the LWB, it’s only 10” longer?!  I wonder if there’s some sort of partition?

Range Rover Long Wheel Base (LWB) Official Dimensions, wheelbase +7.8”, overall length +10.9”

Although not officially announced, we’ve known the Long Wheel Base version of the new Range Rover would be here soon.  Some info has slipped out from Land Rover; here are the “official” numbers.

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    SWB LWB
Item Description inches (mm) Degrees inches (mm) Degrees
A Width (including mirrors) 187.4 187.4
B Height (standard road height) 72.3 72.4
C Approach angle 26°
D Ramp breakover angle 159.9° 143.2°
E Wheelbase 115 122.8
F Overall length 196.8 207.7
G Track – Front 66.5 in
H Track – Rear 66.3 in
H Departure angle without draw bar 24.6°
H Departure angle with Class 3 draw bar 21.8°
H Departure angle with Class 3 draw bar and multi-height plate 13.7°
Wading depth 35.4 in
Minimum ground clearance 8.7 in
Turning circle (wall to wall) 500 528

Land Rover Completes World’s First Hybrid Expedition Along Silk Trail From Solihull To Mumbai

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  • Three Range Rover Diesel Hybrid prototypes complete 10,472 miles along the Silk Trail from Solihull, home of Land Rover, to Mumbai, home of Jaguar Land Rover’s owners, TATA
  • Journey covered 53 days, 13 countries and two continents putting the Range Rover Hybrid prototypes through their final extreme engineering sign-off test
  • Tested to the limits in temperatures from -10 degrees to 43 degrees Celsius at altitudes of 5500 metres and over every type of terrain
  • First foreign-registered cars to drive China’s Xinjiang-Tibet highway
  • Land Rover’s first ever production hybrid to go on sale in first quarter 2014 (selected markets only)

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