Similar to the ‘driving mode’ settings found on many non-4WD vehicles, the driver uses the Terrain Response dial on the centre console to set the appropriate terrain, including mud, gravel, sand and snow. The system then monitors the vehicle’s settings to optimise them for the chosen terrain. Gears, throttle and traction will all be taken into consideration to provide the required control and grip for the smoothest drive possible.
The innovative All-Terrain Progress Control (ATPC) system, allows steady progress in tough off-road conditions, leaving the driver to manoeuvre the vehicle and keep their eyes on the road ahead. This clever tech keeps loss of traction to a minimum by controlling the speed and braking system, which results in an altogether safer and easier off-road experience.
Torque Vectoring improves handling when braking – even in poor conditions. If the on-board sensors detect that the vehicle is understeering, they spontaneously apply a small degree of braking force to the rear wheel, increasing the turn rate and countering the understeer. This action helps to keep the driver and their vehicle safely on the road.
Some of the most challenging manoeuvres you can undertake in any car include hitching up, towing or reversing a trailer or caravan, prompting Jaguar Land Rover to develop its clever Tow Hitch Assist and Tow Assist facilities. A rear camera and and touchscreen graphics produce a predicted path of the reversing vehicle and its trailer so there are never any shocks in store.
One of trickiest aspects of crossing a body of water is the difficulty of knowing its exact depth. Wade Sensing uses sensors in the door mirrors, and displays the depth of the water being crossed on the car’s touchscreen, allowing the driver to see the current depth, and showing how much deeper the car can go. This is accompanied by an audio signal, which sounds more frequently as the water level rises.
No Uphill Struggle
Hill start is never a problem with Jaguar Land Rover’s Gradient Release Control. On an uphill slope, GRC controls the brake release so that the driver can safely accelerate, moving off with ease. Travelling in a downhill direction, GRC keeps the brakes engaged then steadily releases them, to ensure that the driver keeps control of the vehicle at all times.
That’s a brief explanation of the most important features which help keep any Land Rover on the right track. But for a demonstration of these, and to try them out for yourself, visit the Stafford Land Rover dealer on Valley Drive, Stafford. We’re on the main A34, close to Stafford town centre and railway station.