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Range Rover Announces 'Dual-View' Touchscreen


Range Rover Announces 'Dual-View' Touchscreen

The gadget-lovers might like to check out the 2010 Range Rover 'cause it's going to pack some pretty neat tech.

The most obvious addition is a 12in touch-sensitive display in the Range Rover's centre console. Aside from offering finger-control of the car's sat-nav, DVD playback and audio system which by itself is pretty cool, if nothing unique features what Range Rover calls "Parallax Barrier technology." To the layman, that means the screen can display two different images to the left and right, meaning the driver can be getting driving direction while a chills out with a film. Nifty stuff, I'm sure you'll agree.

The instrument panel is replaced by another 12in TFT display showing 'virtual' dials along with other - unspecified - graphical information. Gran Turismo and Nissan GT-R fans will doubtless be pleased.

The 2010 Range Rover will also pack an updated voice control system, allowing control of the in-car 'infotainment' system adjusting the climate control, audio playback and the like. The built-in system is hard drive based, but there's also USB connectivity and a dedicated iPod dock should that be insufficient.

The engine options are almost frightening for a car of the Range rover's size. 375bhp and 375 lb.ft of torque have been coaxed from the naturally aspirated 5.0l V8 and the supercharged delivers a ludicrous 510 bhp and 461 lb.ft of torque taking the Range Rover to 60mph in 7.2 and 5.9 seconds respectively. Don't' worry though, fuel efficiency is improved by 7.3 per cent to 19 mpg despite the increase in power and engine size over the 209 model.


Land Rover.

Tarik Bos

April 8, 2009, 10:19 pm

that center screen is cool but come on on a car you want real dials!


April 8, 2009, 11:04 pm

I tend to agree. There's a place for good old dials - that's why I have an analogue watch and why eBook readers have 'e-paper' displays.

However, I'm sure they're 'virtual' dials for a reason - probably because the display switches to 'night vision' like it does on the current S-class.


April 8, 2009, 11:44 pm

The only function this car needs in one which helps the driver park in one space in the supermarket carpark, rather than straddling at least two.


April 8, 2009, 11:51 pm

lets just hope they don't break every 10 seconds Land Rover arn't known for their reliability, the last thing a driver wants is that the dashboard switches off while their driving.


April 9, 2009, 12:17 am

Blimey, my physics degree course is actually coming in useful!

I think you'll find that torque is measured in lbf.ft, not lb/ft. Pounds force x feet.

If you are a metric man like me, then its in Newton metres (N.m):

375 lbf.ft = 508 N.m

461 lbf.ft = 625 N.m


April 9, 2009, 4:07 am

I copied and pasted with the slashes from the press release - not an excuse, just an explanation. I should know better still...


April 9, 2009, 8:54 pm

@ChrisC - I'd bet good money that Range Rover drivers would pay for a system that automatically straddles two parking spaces perfectly, rather than squeezing into one, minimising the phantom risk of someone touching their stupid tractor. I hate it when they do that.


April 11, 2009, 10:09 pm


Welll, as a Range Rover driver (not the new models)and a previous 'observer' (read instructor but the law won't allow this) with the Institute of Advanced Motorists I have to agree and defend at the same time! But then I live in the country and as an ex farmer who learnt to drive them properly - towing animal box and all. - Not just to deliver kids to school and go to Waitrose.... I agree with the issue of abandoning the tractor rather than parking it :-)


April 13, 2009, 10:25 pm

19mpg? And that's an improvement?!

These vehicles just annoy the hell out of me. If you live on a farm, fair enough. But other than that, how do sane people justify owning these child killing petrol guzzling monsters?

J 2

April 15, 2009, 3:38 am

For the record, lb/ft is very much the accepted convention for what I suppose you would call the imperial measure of torque. Likewise, the metric measure drops the '.' in favour of simply Nm. Nobody in the media (nor car companies in the materials they produce for external consumption) use lbf.ft or N.m.

Personally, I quite like the idea of virtual dials - the dials would be electric anyway, rather than mechanical, so virtual dials are no more or less likely to drop dead, and they give you lots of options for reconfiguring for both context (eg foreign trips) and personal preference. The virtual dial on the latest Merc S Class works well. But I do think a very high quality screen is a must - and an LED backlight, given that CCFL backlights lose oomph pretty rapidly.


January 8, 2010, 2:58 pm


With the number and height of the speed humps around here, I'd be tempted to buy a 4x4, just to have something that could cope with them and allow me to travel over them at a legal speed.

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