Rotary Gear Select

2013 Range Rover, Emergency Park Release and Volvo Delivery Logistics #NewRangeRover

We got the Owner’s Handbooks a few weeks ago and now the Volvo Logistics site has been updated with transport direcions for the new Range Rover, dubbed there as the PLA 405.

You can go read the 43 page document here, detailing how the new Range Rovers needs to prepared and operated during transportation.

The item I took notice of was one I had written about before.  With the change from a standard gear level to the rotary gear selector, there needs to be a way to get a completely dead Range Rover into neutral for towing.  Similar to the Jaguar & L322, it’s hidden under the cup holder.  These instructions are just for informational purposes, and are focused more for the transporter than the final owner.

The actual procedure is not given in the 2013 Range Rover Owner’s Handbook, they just give a little warning text:

The recovery agent MUST activate the Emergency Park Release before towing commences. This procedure is covered in a separate publication for service personnel.




  • When should this process be used?

The process should be used to release the transmission from Park to allow vehicle recovery when normal methods are unavailable due to engine, power supply or transmission failure. Risk assessment for any Health & Safety risks/hazards should be carried out prior to using this process. It is recommended that this process is carried out by trained professional recovery operatives.

  • What should I try before starting this process?

Try to enter transmission service mode. This is attempted by turning the ignition on then keeping the brake pedal and the upshift paddle held for over 10 seconds. The selector should rise and allow N to be selected by moving the selector out of the P position.

2013/14 Range Rover Interior–FIRST REAL PICTURES!! #rangerover

First real shots of an uncovered 2013/2014 L405 Range Rover, it’s been a long time coming.  Funny how it really is just an evolution of the current design.  It looks like Terrain Response has gone back to a round dial.  I guess they decided having two dials is okay.  The previous spy shots did show the Terrain Response knob lowered and more even with the surrounding area, I’m assuming it’s like it was in the original Range Rover Sport.  And while seat height is adjustable, that passenger seat does look very low for a Range Rover.



2012 Range Rover Sport Limited Edition #rangerover

All I have on this are the few pictures Land Rover released last week, enjoy.  Also, these appear to be the first official pictures of the Range Rover Sport’s 2012 interior refresh, with the Evoque-like center screen & rotary shifter…



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!