Land Rover announced today the addition of several new technologies that will arrive soon in Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models.
The first is All-Terrain Progress Control, or ATPC. Similar to hill descent control (HDC), this new system allows drivers to set a forward progress speed when driving in challenging conditions, such as mud or loose rock. The ATPC program then monitors wheel slip to ensure the vehicle continues to move forward without any throttle or brake inputs from the driver.
Novice drivers, or those who suddenly find themselves in a traction situation they’ve never encountered, have a tendency to over-apply throttle, impeding progress and further deteriorating whatever road surface there may be. ATPC prevents this from happening.
The other new technology is Land Rover’s first head-up display. Although the HUD doesn’t (yet) feature the innovative “invisible bonnet” technology Land Rover teased us with on the Discovery Vision Concept earlier this year, it does display key vitals such as vehicle speed, gear selection, sat-nab instructions and traffic sign recognition.
Both of these new technologies will debut on 2015 model Range Rover and range Rover Sport models, and we expect them to migrate to the rest of the lineup in time.
Land Rover also announced the 3.0-liter supercharged V6 will gain a slight improvement in fuel economy – around 1.9%, though it remains to be seen whether that’s reflected in its EPA ratings. The boost in efficiency comes thanks to a new thermostat, more precise laser-drilled fuel injectors, a revised timing chain guide, a new two-stage oil pump, and a new low-friction, diamond-like coating on pistons and gudgeon pins.