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First interior technical drawings of the next Range Rover’s Drive Selector panel

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While some might call these unofficial…

Just wait and see until the car is revealed 🙂

Range Rover L460 Drive Selector Panel
Range Rover L460 Drive Selector Panel
Range Rover L460 Drive Selector Panel
Range Rover L460 Drive Selector Panel

Range Rover L460 Drive Selector Panel

Range Rover – All Terrain Progress Control and Heads Up Display

Official PR:

Land Rover has announced a comprehensive series of updates for the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, further enhancing the world’s best luxury and premium sporting SUVs.  The revisions include Land Rover’s innovative All-Terrain Progress Control system, a world-first technology which complements and further improves the Range Rover’s already class-leading off-road capability. Significant gains in both performance and efficiency are achieved through enhanced six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.  For added convenience, Head-Up Display (HUD) projects key driving information onto a small area of the windscreen, while two eye-catching new paint colors update the exterior color palette.

‘Range Rover and Range Rover Sport offer an unrivalled combination of performance, efficiency, design leadership and off-road capability,’ says Phil Popham, Group Marketing Director, Jaguar Land Rover.

‘Our latest updates capitalize on these strengths, with our ground-breaking new All Terrain Progress Control, along with extra-efficient six-cylinder engines, which underline Land Rover’s commitment to sustainability.’

All-Terrain Progress Control for peerless off-road capabilityatpc

Class-leading off-road capability stands at the core of every Land Rover. Now All-Terrain Progress Control (ATPC) is being introduced to further complement the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport’s highly accomplished four-wheel-drive chassis.

ATPC allows the driver to input a desired speed, either from rest or an existing speed, without any pedal inputs once the brake is released. The system continuously monitors and adjusts the vehicle settings to optimize traction and maintain progress in all conditions.

ATPC reduces driver workload to enhance Range Rover’s world-renowned off road capability, maintaining composure over steep gradients, rough terrain and low-grip surfaces.  It is particularly beneficial in challenging off road environments where a very low constant speed is desirable.  ATPC works both in forward and reverse gears and is operational from 1mph to 19mph (1.8km/h to 30km/h).

Available on TDV6, SCV6 and V8 Supercharged derivatives*, Range Rover and Range Rover Sport are the first models to feature this new technology.

* When specified with dual-range transmission and Terrain Response® 2

Cleaner engines, increased performance

The impressive performance and fuel economy of Land Rover’s 3.0-litre six-cylinder engines has been enhanced still further. Previously equipped with twin-turbocharging technology, TDV6 derivatives now adopt a ball-bearing single turbocharger. Along with Low Pressure Exhaust Gas Recirculation (LPEGR), a two-stage oil pump that reduces parasitic engine losses and a revised design of fuel-injector nozzle, the TDV6 continues to produce 258PS and 600Nm. Fuel efficiency, however, significantly increases: Range Rover TDV6 improves by an impressive 8.5%, while Range Rover Sport TDV6 improves by 5.7%.

Range Rover Sport SDV6 derivatives retain parallel-sequential turbocharging, but detail calibration changes increase performance to 306PS and 700Nm, increases of 14PS and 100Nm respectively.  LPEGR, a two-stage oil pump and revised fuel-injector nozzles also increase fuel efficiency. The result is a pronounced 7.0% improvement at 40.4mpg/7.0 liters per 100km and 185g/km.

Fitted with a 3.0-liter V6 supercharged engine, Range Rover and Range Rover Sport SCV6 derivatives continue to deliver 340PS and 450Nm, while fuel efficiency improves by 1.9%. A new thermostat allows the all-alloy engine to reach its ideal operating temperature far faster, while laser-drilled injectors ensure a finely optimized spray of fuel directly enters the combustion chambers; elsewhere, revised camshaft chain guides, a two-stage oil pump, a new diamond-like coating for the piston and gudgeon pin, and lower viscosity oil all combine to reduce friction and improve efficiency.

Head-Up Display

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Head-Up Display (HUD) debuts on Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, projecting key information onto the windscreen. It allows drivers to view relevant information more quickly without glancing away from the road.

HUD data includes vehicle speed, gear position and shift indicator, cruise-control information, satellite-navigation instructions and Traffic-Sign Recognition. For maximum convenience, the driver can pre-select which information is displayed.

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Increased personalization options

Both Range Rover derivatives are now available with an updated color palette featuring the striking Yulong White. Range Rover Sport is also offered in eye-catching Kaikoura Stone.

Fixed panoramic roofs with power blinds are available on Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, and bring an additional sense of space and light to both vehicles’ luxurious interiors.

UK Pricing:

Head up Display – £1000 option

All Terrain Progress Control – £175 option

2014 Range Rover Sport – Full-time intelligent 4WD systems, a “Range Rover” without Low-Range!

The 2014 Range Rover Sport brings a new option to the Sport line with a choice of two-speed or single-speed transfer case.  While the Evoque doesn’t have true low-range, the Sport always had more Range Rover pedigree.

Here’s the official text on the subject:

Full-time intelligent 4WD systems

The new Range Rover Sport offers a choice of two full-time intelligent 4WD systems, each able to find drive on the most challenging low-grip surfaces.

One system provides a two-speed transfer case with low-range option for the most demanding off-road conditions, with a 50/50 percent default front to rear torque split. Optimum traction is maintained through an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch in the centre differential which distributes torque between the wheels at anything between 100 percent front and 100 percent rear. This is combined with sophisticated electronic traction control systems.

The transfer case offers selectable high and low range, using a two-speed fully synchronized ‘shift on the move’ system which allows the driver to change range from low to high at speeds up to 60km/h without having to stop the vehicle, providing exceptional driving flexibility. The high-range provides a direct drive ratio of 1:1, while the low range ratio is 2.93:1 giving an extremely low crawl speed.

The alternative system is 18kg lighter and features an all-new single-speed transfer case with a Torsen differential and 42/58 percent default front to rear torque split that is designed to provide a rear-wheel drive bias for optimum driving dynamics, whilst maintaining off-road performance. The Torsen centre differential constantly varies torque distribution between 62 percent front and 78 percent rear depending on conditions and grip available. The traction control system has been optimised to work in harmony with the differential to deliver excellent traction in all conditions.

To further optimise traction and stability in extreme conditions, more powerful Sport models are also specified with the Dynamic Active Rear Locking Differential in combination with the twin-speed 4WD driveline. The locking rear differential has been further optimised to work in conjunction with the electronic torque vectoring system.

And here’s something I noticed on those first interior pictures, along with the missing Low Range button, Rock Crawl is also missing from the Terrain Response 2 controls.

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Here’s another shot, not as clear but this vehicle obviously has the two-speed traditional transfer case.

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2013 Range Rover L405, is this the automatic Terrain Response talked about on the DC100? #rangerover

Again pulling from the great pictures found in the Autoweek.nl article, here we see the first close up shots of updated Terrain Response controls.

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We’ve seen the Terrain Response dial in both the raised and lowered position.  The new information shown here is that “AUTO” label.  When the DC100 was released, they talked about the “Intelligent next-generation Land Rover Terrain Response® system automatically optimizes the vehicle for any surface or terrain.”  That could be what we’re seeing here.

I want to know how these buttons actually work.  Looking at the Hill Descent Control & the Low Range icons, I’m not sure how those buttons are pressed.  Is that entire bar a toggle or are they individual switches.  DSC has moved down next to the height selection button.  To the right of the height selection controls are two buttons.  The top one appears to be the Automatic Speed Limiter (ASL), a feature that has been used in Jaguar’s for a while now.  You set it at a pre-determined speed and the vehicle will not go above that speed.  You can read more about ASL in this 2007 article from Car and Driver.

And here is an excerpt from the 2011 Jaguar XJ Owner’s Handbook:

When ASL is selected and a set speed inserted, the engine will respond normally up to the set speed. Further accelerator pedal pressure will not increase the vehicle speed beyond your set speed, unless kick down is initiated, in which case ASL will be suspended.

Finally, the button below the ASL button appears to be an ECO button.  In the 2013 Jaguar XJ, we see ECO displayed on the digital gauges, and it looks close to what we see in the L405:

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In the Jaguar, the ECO icon is displayed when the now ubiquitous Intelligent Stop/Start is active.

Intelligent Stop/Start
Offering further efficiency improvements is Jaguar’s Intelligent Stop/Start system, which is now fitted – according to market – to all diesel engines and the V6 and V8 petrol units. The system is able to shut down the engine in just 300 milliseconds after the car has come to a halt, allowing for fuel consumption improvements of around 5%.

No driver intervention is necessary; a complex system of control algorithms govern when the Stop/Start should function according to a number of operational parameters including engine, ambient and cabin temperatures, whether the vehicle is fully at rest, vehicle power requirements and so on. A green ‘ECO’ symbol on the dashboard lights up when the engine is shut down by the system.

Having come to a halt and shut down the engine, the Intelligent Stop/Start system is able to restart smoothly in less time than it takes for the driver’s foot to release the brake pedal and depress the accelerator. It does so by utilizing a Twin Solenoid Starter (TSS) mechanism that features its own secondary battery to ensure that in-car systems requiring power are not affected. The unique advantage of the TSS system is that it is able to restart the engine even while it is still in its run-down phase, allowing for ‘change of mind’ functionality, for instance if the car is coming to a halt at a junction but then a gap in traffic appears.

Here’s the button in the 2013 Jaguar XJ

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As long as we’re talking 2013 Jaguar, they also have updated the XJ & XF with a standard 8-speed transmission, which will probably mirror what we’ll see in this next Range Rover.  Previously, only the diesel Range Rovers got the 8-speed.

Eight-speed automatic transmissions are now fitted to all petrol and diesel XJ and XF variants for greater efficiency and performance.

And one final Jaguar graphic for fun, that’s a lot of gears!!

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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.

http://www.chinacartimes.com/2012/05/30/generation-range-rover-road-testing-china/

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