In addition, Land Rover continues its trend for industry firsts in useful technology with VentureCam – a wireless instant-relay camera linked to the touch-screen.
Land Rover’s Managing Director for Middle East & Africa, Andy Gawthorpe said: “The Range Rover is already feted as one of the world’s most capable vehicles, equally at home in the city, on the motorway, or off-road. The new Vogue further reinforces its peerless position in the marketplace.”
Touch-screen driver interface
The seven-inch touch-screen offers the latest in screen technology with exceptional resolution, and is fitted as standard on all Vogue models. This user-friendly technology controls the navigation, audio, telephone and television systems. Also featured are trip computer settings, the VentureCam screen and useful 4×4 information.
A new, premium 3D navigation system is introduced, from industry-leaders, DENSO. The system uses a combination of voice, map and text instructions on destinations, local services, traffic, locations, directions, and journey lengths and durations. Controls can be managed via either the Touch Screen or the Voice Control system, giving added owner safety.
The upgraded sound system from harman/kardon boasts a six-disc changer compatible with CDs and MP3-formatted discs, and is controllable from either the touch-screen (where album and track information can be displayed), steering wheel or via the voice recognition system. The Range Rover Vogue comes fitted with a superb Harman / kardon sound system, which employs a 6-disc changer compatible with CDs and MP3 discs and is equipped with a hi-line Logic7 system employing 14 speakers that produce the most scintillating surround sound with upto 710 watts of digital amplification.
To further enhance the entertainment package a DVD-based rear seat entertainment system with video playback via two screens mounted in the rear of the front seat headrests are available as an optional feature. Audio playback comes through the Range Rover’s acclaimed harman/kardon surround-sound system or wireless headphones, which can operate independently of other audio applications, offering the driver and other passengers a choice of audio, video or gaming entertainment.
The optional DVD system can be operated via remote control or the touch-screen – and combined with the LOGIC7 system, offers an unrivalled mobile suite of rear entertainment.
The Range Rover Vogue’s new personal telephone integration system is housed within the centre console, featuring a cradle that is compatible with modern mobile telephones. Once in place in the cradle, the user’s mobile telephone is fully operational, in-car. Owners of compatible and configured Bluetooth™ enabled mobile telephones are automatically linked to the system as they approach the vehicle.
Once in-car enabled, the mobile telephone can be controlled via either the touch-screen, steering wheel controls or the voice recognition system, all of which allow standard call making and answering facilities to be used, as well as access to phone books and text messages.
The TV and radio systems are also improved thanks to the number of antennae in the rear screen and quarter lights being increased from two to four, resulting in better reception and picture quality. These antennae work in tandem with a new roof-mounted antenna, which is packed with new technology giving it GPS and 3G mobile communications capability as standard.
Another of the new functions controlled by the touch-screen system is the 4×4 driver interface, which brings useful off-road information to the driver’s fingertips. The screen displays settings such as gear selection, steering direction, whether the vehicle is in high or low ratio gearing, hill descent control (HDC) and compass direction. Air suspension data is also displayed, together with wheel articulation for all four wheels, which features an alert system that indicates when wheel articulation is approaching suspension limitations.
The 4×4 interface also includes compass navigation ‘way marking’, where off-road routes taken are recorded on-screen, enabling easy navigation back to base. The calculation of distances to destinations using grid references based on latitudinal and longitudinal positioning is also a useful off-road tool.
Related to the 4×4 interface is an industry first for Land Rover – VentureCam – which is a wireless instant-relay camera that transmits real-time, colour, moving pictures back to the touch-screen from anywhere within a 20 metre radius of the vehicle. When not in use, the camera is housed in a docking station embedded within the front passenger dashboard fascia, where it is re-charged.
Typical off-road driving applications for the VentureCam might be to position it outside the vehicle in extreme off-road conditions, aiding the driver to avoid unwarranted damage to the vehicle, or to observe wheel articulation in tandem with the 4×4 interface.
In true Land Rover fashion, VentureCam is extremely robust and rugged, and will survive even the most extreme obstacles, such as immersion in dirty water. It is even built to withstand the weight of a Range Rover.
Andy Gawthorpe, Managing Director, Land Rover Middle East & Africa said: “The Range Rover has surpassed all our expectations in terms of sales, reputation and popularity and with the reintroduction of the Vogue derivative the bar for luxurious driving has been raised significantly.”
He added: “In 2003 we sold over 32,000 Range Rovers around the world, more than we have sold in any other year since the original’s introduction in 1970. The new Range Rover Vogue will further enhance Range Rover’s position as the peerless luxury vehicle with a breadth of capability that is unrivalled.”
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