2010 Land Rover Sport.
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Unrivaled performance and dynamics from the 2010 Range Rover Sport.
New family of advanced, efficient and powerful engines.
Responsive and refined LR-TDV6 3.0-litre diesel
• Class-leading 600 Nm of torque and 245 PS
• Fuel consumption reduced by 8.9 per cent* to 30.7 mpg* (9.2 l/100 km) on EU combined cycle
• CO2 emissions reduced by 8.3 per cent* to 243 g/km*
All-new, high-performance, supercharged 510 PS LR-V8
• New supercharger yields significantly improved performance, refinement and efficiency
• A massive 625 Nm of torque enables longer gearing to deliver improved fuel economy and CO2 emissions
• Fuel economy improved by 6.2 per cent*to 18.9 mpg* (15 l/100 km*) on EU combined cycle and emissions reduced by seven per cent* to 353 g/km*
• Acclaimed LR-TDV8 diesel retained
• Striking exterior design changes create a more stylish and sporting look
• Redesigned interior brings new levels of refinement and craftsmanship
• Steering wheel with paddle-shift gearchange
• Chassis refinements including Active Damping, new brakes and updates to the Terrain Response™ system, bringing even greater breadth of capability
• Cutting-edge technologies including surround camera system, tow assist and high beam assist
• e_TERRAIN TECHNOLOGIES boost economy and lower CO2 emissions
“The Range Rover Sport’s performance, ride and handling have been transformed with the introduction of new engines, transmission and chassis systems. Combine these enhancements with the contemporary style and luxury of the revised interior, and it’s clear that the Range Rover Sport remains the only choice as the quintessential SUV sports tourer” Phil Popham, Managing Director, Land Rover.
The Range Rover Sport reaffirms its status as the most exciting and dynamic member of the Land Rover range with a comprehensive package of engineering and design changes for the 2010 model year. The vehicle’s stylish new appearance signals the transformation under the skin, which includes two powerful and efficient new engines – the LR-TDV6 diesel and LR-V8 5.0-litre supercharged – enhanced levels of interior craftsmanship and refinement, and significant improvements to both on-road and off-road driving dynamics.
The vehicle retains the acclaimed LR-TDV8 diesel engine and this model also benefits from upgrades to the design and under-the-skin enhancements.
A comprehensive programme of chassis system modifications has transformed the Range Rover Sport’s on-road dynamics, while also delivering a substantial improvement in its off-road capabilities.
The introduction of new systems such as Adaptive Dynamics, working in conjunction with the existing Dynamic Response, known as active ride control (ARC) on Supercharged models, and the addition of the road-focused Dynamic Program to the Terrain Response™ system help enhance agility and ride quality. Further improvements to the Terrain Response™ system ensure that off-road capability is kept at the expected class-leading level.
The Range Rover Sport’s stylish, muscular exterior has been updated to provide a cleaner, more sculpted feel. Striking signature LED headlamps combine with a new two-bar grille, front bumpers and wings to create a more sporting and aerodynamic stance. At the rear, new light clusters and a revised bumper design mirror the smoother front end.
The interior has been comprehensively redesigned, using higher quality materials, soft-touch finishes and superior craftsmanship to create a premium environment which is truly worthy of the Range Rover brand.
“The Range Rover Sport has generated a passionate following among customers who require the performance and refinement of a true sports tourer but who value the formidable off-road ability of a Land Rover. Now that we have widened its range of capabilities even further, the following for the Range Rover Sport looks set to grow stronger still.” Phil Popham, Managing Director, Land Rover.
e_TERRAIN TECHNOLOGIES boost economy and lower CO2 emissions.
Under the banner of e_TERRAIN TECHNOLOGIES, Land Rover is implementing a range of measures to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, without compromising the Range Rover Sport’s renowned dynamic driving characteristics and all-terrain capabilities.
Both the new LR-V8 supercharged petrol engine and the LR-TDV6 3.0 sequential turbodiesel were designed from the outset to deliver class-leading fuel economy and improved low-end torque.
The LR-V8’s new, high-pressure, spray-guided direct injection system optimises combustion and the engine is fitted with a new variable camshaft timing system as well as a sixth-generation, twin-vortex supercharger whose high-helix rotor design improves its thermodynamic efficiency by 16 per cent.
Faster warm-up thanks to the new cooling system also improves fuel economy, as do the low-friction design features.
The parallel sequential turbocharging system of the 3.0-litre diesel makes use of its larger, primary turbo most of the time. The smaller, secondary turbo remains dormant when higher power is not required, reducing pumping losses and, consequently, fuel consumption. A highly efficient, third-generation common-rail injection system with piezo injectors and fuel metering also makes a substantial contribution to fuel economy.
The new engines have been optimised for low-end torque as well as economy, making it possible to activate the lock-up clutch of the ZF HP28 automatic transmission at lower speed. This reduces slip in the hydraulic torque converter, improving both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The higher torque at lower rpm also enables longer gearing for more economical cruising.
The Range Rover Sport incorporates several other energy-saving features too. At standstill, the idle speed of the LR-TDV6 has been reduced from 750 rpm to 710 rpm, while that of the LR-V8 has been reduced from 700 rpm to 600 rpm. In both cases, a fuel saving is made without compromising refinement. Intelligent Power System Management (IPSM) includes smart regenerative charging, in which the alternator charges the battery when it is most economical to do so, such as when the vehicle is coasting rather than accelerating.
The air conditioning pump on the new LR-TDV6 3.0-litre engine is now driven through a clutch, which disengages when the air conditioning is not in use, making further fuel consumption savings.
e_TERRAIN TECHNOLOGIES in summary:
• LR-TDV6 and LR-V8 engine technologies
• Engine calibration optimised
• Lower engine idle speeds
• Reduced torque-converter slip
• Higher torque, allowing longer gearing
• Clutched air conditioning pump to reduce parasitic losses (LR-TDV6)
• Intelligent Power System Management (IPSM) including smart regenerative charging
“The new LR-V8 engine is ideally suited to the sporting character of the Range Rover Sport, providing generous low-end torque and spirited performance. What’s more significant, though, is that it is also incredibly clean, achieving impressive reductions in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions in real-world conditions” Phil Hodgkinson, Product Development Director, Land Rover.
New engines deliver exceptional performance and economy.
The most significant changes on the 2010 Range Rover Sport are to its powertrains. The vehicle benefits from two powerful new engines that combine refined performance with improved fuel efficiency and lower emissions: the 245 PS LR-TDV6 3.0 twin-turbo diesel and the 510 PS LR-V8 5.0 supercharged petrol.
The new 3.0-litre diesel features an innovative parallel sequential turbocharging system to deliver class-leading refinement and torque. Compared with the much acclaimed 2.7-litre diesel that this engine replaces, the 3.0-litre unit provides 29 per cent more power and 36 per cent more torque, while at the same time reducing CO2 emissions by 8.3 per cent* to 243 g/km*.
The 5.0-litre LR-V8 supercharged petrol engine is all-new and designed by the Jaguar Land Rover powertrain team using an impressive collection of state-of-the-art technologies. This engine was developed to deliver a smooth, refined and responsive driver experience, producing an impressive 510 PS and 625 Nm of torque.
Outstanding performance is combined with superior fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions. Compared with the outgoing unit, fuel consumption has been reduced by 6.2 per cent*, with a corresponding reduction in CO2 levels.
“We have given the Range Rover Sport two truly state-of-the-art new powertrains. Each engine – whether petrol or diesel – delivers outstanding performance and refinement, combined with significantly improved fuel economy and CO2 emissions” Ron Lee, Group Chief Engineer, Powertrains
The engines were developed in conjunction with Jaguar – the first time engines have been designed from the outset with the requirements of both brands in mind. Shared primary objectives included the highest possible torque and fast response from low revs.
Although the basic architecture of the engines is the same for each brand, some changes were needed for the Land Rover units to satisfy demanding all-terrain requirements. For example, both the diesel and petrol engines feature a deeper sump to accommodate the extreme tilting angles to which the Range Rover Sport may be subjected off-road. In addition, belt drives are waterproofed, as are the alternator, air conditioning compressor, power steering pump and starter motor.
LR-TDV6 3.0-litre diesel with twin sequential turbochargers.
• 245 PS and 600 Nm torque
• 29 per cent more power, 36 per cent more torque than the existing 2.7-litre diesel
• Responsive – 500 Nm torque from idle in 500 ms
• Meets EU5 requirements (not due until 2011) – when Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) fitted - with no additional exhaust aftertreatment, such as lean NOx catalysts
• Fuel consumption reduced by nine per cent* compared with 2.7-litre TDV6, delivering 30.7 mpg* (9.2 l/100 km*) on EU combined cycle
• Unique, parallel sequential turbocharger system
• Minimised engine friction and low-energy-consumption fuel pump
• Third-generation common-rail fuel system
• Quiet – low radiated engine noise
• 16,000-mile (26,000 km) service intervals
The new engine delivers maximum torque at just 2000 rpm which, combined with unparalleled throttle response, significantly enhances the Range Rover Sport’s performance both on and off-road. It can significantly out-perform its rivals by delivering 500 Nm in only 500 milliseconds from idle, giving the driver instantaneous access to 83 per cent of maximum torque.
Advanced sequential turbodiesel – immensely efficient, highly responsive.
A key feature of the new LR-TDV6 3.0 is the unique, parallel sequential turbocharger system, the first of its type to be fitted to a V-engine. Delivering high torque throughout the entire engine-rev range, improved throttle response and lower CO2 emissions, the twin turbochargers work sequentially to provide unrivalled response and best-in-class torque at low engine speeds, while packing a huge punch at higher speeds.
For most day-to-day driving, including motorway cruising, a responsive, variable-geometry, primary turbocharger does all the work, while the smaller, fixed-geometry, secondary turbo is dormant, saving energy and improving efficiency. When the engine revs climb above 2500 rpm, the secondary turbo is brought on line within 300 milliseconds, smoothly and seamlessly boosting the engine output with no discernible turbo-lag or power-step, due to excellent engine management.
Parallel sequential turbocharging – summary of advantages:
• Most of the time only one turbocharger is in use (up to motorway cruising speeds and average acceleration). Because it is a medium, rather than large, turbo with variable geometry, response is instantaneous with no discernible lag
• Packaging is excellent: one turbo and manifold below each bank of cylinders
• The combination of two turbochargers makes it possible to optimise efficiency and performance at all times
• Because one turbocharger is in use most of the time, pumping losses are reduced
• More efficient than series turbocharger systems, whose smaller, primary turbocharger increases pumping losses and fuel consumption through raised exhaust back pressure
All-new LR-V8 petrol engine.
• All-new LR-V8 5.0-litre supercharged 510 PS engine delivering 625 Nm torque
• Fuel economy improved by 6.2 per cent* to 18.9 mpg* (15 l/100 km*) and CO2 emissions reduced by seven per cent to 353 g/km*
• Central, spray-guided direct injection is highly efficient – industry first
• Conforms to EU5 emissions regulations
• High-efficiency, sixth-generation, twin-vortex supercharger
• Torque-actuated variable camshaft timing on all four cams – industry first
• Camshaft profile switching
• Variable length inlet manifold optimises power and torque
• Reverse cooling improves engine efficiency and speeds cabin warm-up
• Class-leading, low-friction design features
• Lightweight construction uses recycled materials
• 15,000-mile (24,000 km) service intervals
For 2010, the Range Rover Sport receives an all-new LR-V8 5.0-litre supercharged petrol engine. This supremely powerful unit delivers 510 PS and 625 Nm of torque.
The LR-V8 supercharged was developed to deliver a smooth, refined and responsive driver experience, with excellent power characteristics, yet the engine is incredibly clean. In terms of regulated emissions, it meets the EU5 regulations not due to come into force until 2011, and CO2 emissions are 353 g/km*, seven per cent* lower than the outgoing, naturally aspirated 4.4-litre.
Direct injection – increased power and torque, low emissions.
One of the key features of the new LR-V8 is an industry-first, centrally mounted, multi-hole, spray-guided fuel injection system, which delivers fuel directly to the cylinder at a pressure of up to 150 bar. The positioning of the injectors ensures that fuel is precisely delivered to the centre of the combustion chamber, maximising air-fuel mixing and improving combustion control.
Fuel is delivered by twin, high-pressure fuel pumps driven via an auxiliary shaft in the all-new engine block. Delivery of fuel direct to the cylinder has substantially contributed to improved low-speed dynamic response, which is particularly useful off-road while adding to driving pleasure on-road. The charge cooling effects of the direct injection fuel system have allowed the compression ratio of the naturally aspirated engine to be raised to 11.5:1, further improving fuel economy.
During the engine warm-up phase, the combustion system employs multiple injection mode strategies to deliver 50 per cent more heat for fast catalyst warm-up and reduced emissions.
Sixth-generation supercharger – quieter and more efficient.
A sixth-generation, twin-vortex system (TVS) supercharger is fitted to the 510 PS engine. A compact Roots-type unit, it feeds air through twin intercoolers which in turn are water-cooled by their own discrete cooling circuit. The high-helix rotor design both improves the supercharger thermodynamic efficiency by 16 per cent and improves noise quality to the point where the unit is virtually inaudible. The intercoolers reduce the temperature of the pressurised intake air and so optimise power.
The air intake has been radically redesigned compared with the previous V8. The intake air path is a direct feed to the supercharger inlet from the centrally mounted front throttle body. Air is delivered through twin air boxes, which reduce flow loss and further increase efficiency. Mechanically, the new supercharger and its intercoolers are efficiently packaged in the V of the engine to deliver a low overall engine height.
New variable camshaft timing system boosts engine torque, saves energy.
A new type of variable camshaft timing system (VCT) on the V8 engine introduces another industry first. The four VCT units are activated by the positive and negative torques generated by opening and closing the intake and exhaust valves, instead of by oil pressure. This has allowed the engine oil pump to be reduced in size, saving energy and reducing fuel consumption.
The VCT units work independently on all four camshafts, with 62 degrees of authority on the inlet cams and 50 degrees of authority on the exhaust cams. Timing is optimised by the engine control unit for torque, power and economy at every point in the engine’s speed range.
The new VCT units respond 25 per cent faster than the old system, with actuation rates in excess of 250 degrees per second. This translates into more immediate engine response to driver demands.
Warm up quickly with reverse flow cooling.
The search for greater efficiency has in some areas led to a complete rethink of fundamental engine design concepts. An example is the innovative reverse flow cooling system, which delivers thermodynamic and friction improvements. The new design means coolant is pumped through the cylinder heads before flowing through the block and returning to the radiator. Since the cylinder heads remain cooler, the knock threshold is pushed back, allowing greater optimisation of ignition timing for improved efficiency.
In addition, the 22 kW oil-to-water heat exchanger, packaged at the core of the engine, transfers heat from the coolant to the lubricating oil during warm-up, bringing the oil up to operating temperature 14 per cent faster than the previous cooling system. This ‘upside down’ approach substantially improves fuel consumption in the crucial engine warm-up period and helps warm the cabin more quickly.
Strong and compact.
The new LR-V8 engine is built around a stiff, all-new, aluminium block with cast-in iron liners and cross-bolted main bearing caps to reduce noise, vibration and harshness. For the first time at Land Rover, the blocks are high-pressure die-cast rather than sand-cast, providing a superior finish and greater dimensional accuracy. The engine also has aluminium heads, with four valves per cylinder and strong, spheroidal-graphite cast-iron crankshaft and steel connecting rods. The cylinder heads and block are manufactured using recycled aluminium alloy for the first time, thus reducing the environmental impact of manufacturing the new engine.
The new direct injection petrol engine is more compact than its predecessor. Overall engine length has been reduced by the relocation of the oil pump within the engine architecture.
Reduced internal friction combats CO2.
Internal friction, a major contributor to increased fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, has been targeted by careful design of the engine’s components. As a result, the Range Rover’s new LR-V8 achieves another best in class for crank train friction.
All engine bearings were the subject of an extensive optimisation, reducing friction without compromising reliability. Diamond-like carbon coating (DLC) has been used to reduce friction on the fuel pump tappets and a solid film lubricant has been used to coat the piston skirts.
Land Rover has developed a unique, intelligent oil-pump pressure relief valve (PRV) which senses oil pressure deep in the engine’s oil galleries to more accurately control oil pump delivery. As a result, oil pump frictional losses are reduced during the warm-up period.
The engine has also been designed around a 5W-20 semi-synthetic oil. The new oil has a lower viscosity, primarily at low temperatures, reducing parasitic losses in the engine and contributing to an extension in service intervals from 10,000 miles to 15,000 miles or 12 months. The new LR-V8 engine is also fitted with an electronic dipstick for added peace of mind.
Responsive new transmission.
Both the LR-V8 petrol and LR-TDV6 3.0-litre diesel engine on the Range Rover Sport are mated to the revised and super-smooth ZF HP28 six-speed automatic transmission. Its characteristics have been optimised by Land Rover engineers to provide class-leading response, with rapid and refined shifts. The dramatic enhancement of both power and torque low down the rev range on the new engines has made it possible to actuate the transmission’s lock-up clutch much earlier in each gear, reducing slip through the hydraulic torque converter, and thereby helping with the improvements in both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
The transmission features an intelligent sport mode, which can sense and adapt transmission characteristics to particular driving styles. In addition, for the first time on the Range Rover Sport, the driver can change gears manually with the option of a steering wheel mounted paddle-shift.
Transformed vehicle dynamics.
A comprehensive programme of chassis refinements has been introduced to the Range Rover Sport for 2010. The enhancements transform the dynamics and handling characteristics of the vehicle, allowing drivers to fully exploit the capabilities of the new, high-performance engine line-up.
Adaptive Dynamics system.
The 2010 Range Rover Sport features a new Adaptive Dynamics system, which works in conjunction with the existing Dynamic Response system to enhance control of the vehicle’s ride and handling.
Land Rover has employed the world’s first production system for this model-based predictive technology, which continually optimises damper settings for the widest possible range of conditions. Conventional dampers are replaced by precision DampTronic Valve Technology™ damper units, which incorporate continually adjustable damper valves.
The predictive technology enables damper settings on each wheel to be continuously refined between ‘soft’, comfort-oriented settings and ‘hard’, firm body control settings; damper pressure on each wheel is monitored 500 times per second. The system optimises the vehicle’s body and ride control, instantly responding to the demands of the prevailing driving style and of the terrain encountered, in both on and off-road situations.
Greater driver involvement through the wheel.
Steering response is improved on the Range Rover Sport with the stiffening of the front suspension lower arm forward bush, which enhances the sense of driver involvement with the vehicle at higher speeds.
The variable-ratio steering rack complements this by reducing ‘twitchiness’ during high-speed cruising – and increasing sensitivity at higher lock angles.
Braking system gets more power and feel.
The Range Rover Sport is equipped with a new braking system which has been comprehensively updated to provide enhanced stopping power and improved driver feel.
The brakes for the diesel model are based on the four-piston, opposed-caliper performance system from the outgoing supercharged model. The updated system employs 360 mm ventilated front discs with new, twin-piston sliding calipers made from cast iron for enhanced pedal feel. The rear features 350 mm ventilated discs with lightweight aluminium, single-piston sliding calipers.
The braking system for the supercharged model has been developed in conjunction with performance brake specialist Brembo™. This system employs 380 mm ventilated front discs with unique, lightweight aluminium, six-piston, opposed-action monoblock calipers. At the rear, 365 mm ventilated discs with single-piston sliding calipers are fitted.
Greater control and safety around bends.
A refinement to the Stability Control system helps automatically slow the vehicle if taking a bend too fast, enhancing driver control.
The system operates according to steering inputs from the driver. In extreme cases, automatic braking intervenes to reduce vehicle speed: the braking pressure level applied varies according to the severity of the situation.
This feature is complemented by the new Roll Stability Control system, which is designed to intervene if, in an extreme situation, the possibility of a rollover is detected. In such situations, the system is designed to take over and perform very rapid, wheel-specific braking to help reduce speed and marginally widen the cornering radius.
In more extreme cases, the system is designed to initiate marginal understeer by sharply increasing brake force on the outer wheels, again widening the turning radius.
Updates for award-winning Terrain ResponseTM and Hill Descent Control.
For the 2010 Range Rover Sport, Land Rover’s award-winning Terrain ResponseTM system gains new features and refinements, further extending the vehicle’s all-terrain capability.
Most significantly, the Terrain ResponseTM system now includes a new dynamic programme, designed for sporting on-road driving.
Dynamic mode delivers a responsive driving experience.
When the driver selects the new dynamic programme, the Terrain Response system tailors the vehicle’s chassis and powertrain settings to deliver a more sporting and responsive driving experience. Tighter body control and quicker steering responses are achieved by adjustments to the Adaptive Dynamics system, while the accelerator pedal mapping, stability control system and gearchange settings are also given more sporting characteristics.
The dynamic programme has been specially tuned to take advantage of chassis changes to the supercharged model, which are designed to improve driver confidence at higher speeds. The changes include a 20 per cent stiffer rear roll control bar and further revisions to the steering system, suspension bushes and wheel alignment settings.
Coping with tougher conditions.
For soft sand – one of the most power-hungry surfaces – ‘sand launch control’ has 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 rock crawl program reduce the wheels' tendency to roll in an unintended direction when traversing boulders, giving a more composed drive through rocky terrain.
Land Rover’s much-acclaimed Hill Descent Control system is enhanced on the latest Range Rover Sport with the addition of Gradient Release Control. This inhibits the initial rate of acceleration for descending very steep inclines, to increase control when braking is released at extreme angles.
More sporting design for a more sporting vehicle.
“We have given the Range Rover Sport a cleaner, more muscular appearance which is the perfect complement to its new range of high-performance engines. Striking new signature LED headlamps, a two-bar grille and a larger air intake create a bold new frontal graphic which helps to reinforce the vehicle’s athletic stance” Gerry McGovern, Design Director, Land Rover
The new design theme for the 2010 Range Rover Sport emphasises its position as the most dynamic model in the Land Rover range, creating a sporting, cleaner and more sculpted appearance.
At the front, new signature LED headlamps provide a technical focal point and feature Range Rover inspired interlocking circle lamps. With a new two-bar grille and larger air intake, the vehicle’s frontal graphic is much more slim, athletic and low-slung.
The new front bumper blends with redesigned front wings to form a simple, sculpted surface, offering improved aerodynamics and a lower, more sporting visual stance.
The side view of the vehicle features new, two-stripe LED indicators, along with redesigned two-section side vents. Colour-coded door mirrors complete the visual changes.
At the rear, Range Rover inspired light clusters create a fresh new look, while the smooth and sculpted bumper design mirrors the style of the front end.
Premium interior environment.
The interior of the 2010 Range Rover Sport has been comprehensively redesigned and features significantly improved standards of quality and craftsmanship that are truly worthy of the Range Rover brand.
The cabin retains its popular, snug, cockpit feel but incorporates higher quality materials, sumptuous soft-touch finishes and superb detailing throughout. Leather is used extensively on major surfaces, in a wider choice of colours. To create a more sporting feel, rich dark shades ‘sandwich’ narrow sections in lighter tones and the effect is completed by a generous selection of stylish wood finishes.
To enhance the clean look of the interior, the facia now has 50 per cent fewer switches; the switches themselves are all chrome-plated.
There are new seats front and rear, featuring a deeper, more sculpted shape; electrically adjustable side bolsters are available for the first time.
New ambient lighting adds to the premium qualities of the cabin, with the introduction of white LEDs to cast subtle halos around the interior door handles and pockets, as well as on the facia and centre console area.
Cutting-edge vehicle technologies.
“The 2010 Range Rover Sport features a host of new technologies that will really enhance the driving and ownership experience for our customers. But in each case the complexity is hidden from view – we’ve made every system intuitive and simple to use” Stuart Frith, Chief Programme Engineer
The latest Range Rover Sport incorporates a comprehensive range of state-of-the-art technologies, designed to improve comfort, convenience, safety and security for all vehicle occupants.
Infotainment systems and displays.
A new, hard-drive navigation system provides faster route calculation and improved system reliability. The navigation system adopts an easy-to-use structure which now also features ‘towards guidance’. This supplements the junction map and icon-based information with details of the actual road signage viewed by the driver along the route.
The new portable audio interface allows connectivity to an array of personal audio storage devices, USB sticks and MP3 players, enabling the various devices’ functions to be accessed and controlled via the facia-mounted touch-screen system. One of the connectivity ports is a dedicated Apple iPodTM point made exclusively by Land Rover. This special design provides continued functionality in extreme driving conditions by helping to prevent the device coming loose from the socket.
A new, five-inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT) driver information screen is also introduced with the 2010 Range Rover Sport. Sitting within the instrument cluster, the message centre display ensures key information is communicated in a clean, simple and user-friendly manner.
Improving safety and security.
Outside the vehicle, convenient and relevant new systems enhance safety and security.
The 2010 Range Rover Sport has a sophisticated new remote key available, which offers both keyless entry and push button start.
A new surround camera system supports easier parking and towing. 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 11 mph, with options for selecting and zooming in to assist with close-quarter parking and towing.
The patented reverse tow assist and tow hitch assist functions (selected from the touch-screen menu) help perform accurate towing manoeuvres. The wide fields of vision 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 the trajectory of both the vehicle and the trailer, 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 maneuver.
Specific characteristics such as type of trailer, number of axles and width guides can be fed in to enhance the system outputs.
And finally, the available High Beam Assist technology incorporated into the new LED front headlights 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.
(source: Land Rover)
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