Improved performance and Stability Off-Road
The award winning Terrain Response system is subject to a whole series of improvements for the 2010 Range Rover, including enhanced capabilities when tackling challenging terrain like sand or large rocks.
For soft sand - one of the most power-hungry surfaces - 'sand launch control' has now been introduced, which makes for noticeably easier drive-away. New, speed-dependent wheel-slip targets for the traction control system permit only very limited initial wheel-slip, helping to prevent the wheels digging down into the sand.
Revisions to the Range Rover's rock crawl program improve brake and traction control response times, helping to reduce the vehicle's tendency to roll when traversing boulders and giving a more composed drive through rocky terrain.
Land Rover's much-acclaimed Hill Descent Control system is enhanced on the latest Range Rover with the addition of Gradient Release Control. This inhibits the initial rate of acceleration when descending very steep inclines, to increase control and reduce the potentially alarming lurch which can occur when braking is released at extreme angles.
More Stable Towing
For safer and more stable towing, the 2010 Range Rover incorporates Trailer Stability Assist. This system detects trailer oscillations by monitoring key vehicle behaviours, such as uninvited steering movements and slight vehicle swing in response to trailer behaviour. In these circumstances, the system can initiate engine torque reduction and braking interventions to help bring the towing back under control.
Enhanced Safety and Visibility
The 2010 Range Rover has a blind spot monitoring system which uses side-mounted radar sensors to detect vehicles and other solid objects in the vehicle's blind spot area. If an object is detected, a bright amber warning icon is illuminated in the driver's door mirror.
A new surround camera system supports easier parking, towing and off road manoeuvring. It features five digital cameras which relay a near 360-degree view to the touch-screen display. The cameras function immediately the vehicle is started, and can be used at speeds up to 11mph, with options for selecting and zooming in to assist with close quarter parking and with towing.
The Patented 'reverse tow assist' function (selected from the touch screen menu) helps perform accurate towing manoeuvres. The wide field of views on the side cameras give a clear view of the reversing trailer and the images are electronically manipulated to provide an undistorted view. Guide lines overlaid on the rear camera image illustrate both the vehicle and trailer's trajectory and these move in line with steering inputs, making it easier for the driver to predict where the trailer will move to, before performing the reversing manoeuvre.
Specific characteristics such as type of trailer, number of axles and width guides can be fed into the system to enhance the system outputs.
The Range Rover's front headlights incorporate high beam assist technology. This can automatically switch on high beam headlights where external light levels are below the system's threshold. Importantly, the system is also designed to detect preceding and approaching traffic, and in a split second will automatically switch back to low beam to avoid dazzling others.Published 8 April 2009