Terrain Response

2012 Land Rover Discovery 4 Brochure, interesting updates! #landrover #discovery

A loyal reader, Patrick, sent me the scoop on these 2012 brochures.  They were definitely news to me!

We’ll start with the 2012 Discovery 4, which gained, along with some other tweaks, the rotary shifter along with updated Terrain Response controls, the Range Rover Evoque’s touch screen system, what look like huge rear seat entertainment screens & the updated smaller Smart Key.  I’m sure some of this stuff may be old news to people already driving Evoques in the UK.


I like what they did with that Land Rover branding


Also related to the rotary shifter, a new option I haven’t seen before, Drive Select Rotary Shifter Upgrade, requires Leather Drive Select Top Cover.


Here’s that new Smart Key.  Again probably old news to Evoque owners, I noticed this key in a Land Rover press photo from a couple of weeks ago but he’s a better view.


Finally a shot of the larger RSE screens:


You can download your copy of the entire brochure, right here:


Thanks again Patrick!!

You’ve got to love Land Rover marketing… #landrover

What started in 2011 in the Europe diesel models continues in 2012 with the Range Rover Sport & Discovery 4 getting the Rotary Shift Selector.  And with the main gear selector going rotary, people would start to get confused between that knob and the ubiquitously round Terrain Response knob.  The Evoque’s got the same thing.

But now in the 2012 Discovery 4 Press Release, we get an actual name for the horizontal layout that replaced the Terrain Response Knob.  Picture below shows the Evoque, it’s slightly different in the Range Rover.

To avoid confusion, the Terrain Response Rotary Switch is replaced by a new Terrain Response Optimisation Switch.


Interesting stuff, huh?  HA!

Range Rover Minutia – Terrain Response Controls

Ford’s Terrain Response Icons

I know I already posted about this back in April:

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But now that the car is officially out there, I just had to reference it again – Ford couldn’t be bothered to even use their own icons for their Terrain Management System:



The only difference I see is the lack of “Grass” on the Grass/Gravel/Snow setting for the Explorer, but Ford does still call the mode Grass/Gravel/Snow.  And I’m sure their Rock Crawl icon would have been the same if they could do it.

Armored Range Rover–Terrain Response

So the Armored Range Rover still does have Terrain Response, but not the full compliment of modes.armoredterrainresponse