Sat-nav for the driver, video for the passenger.
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.