Thebrings with it a wealth of new-fangled technology. This model acquires a new rear-seat entertainment package, a cleaner, more powerful, more efficient engine, and subtle tweaks to its bodywork, including a new grille, wheels and vents. But in its quest to become more civilised, has it lost its off-roading pedigree?
Watch your back
Land Rover would have you believe this car is an ideal candidate for trundling across inhospitable deserts or expeditions in the arctic, but you wouldn't think so to look inside. The top of the range Autobiography model we drove was ludicrously luxurious -- particularly in the back, where it has one of the best rear-seat entertainment systems we've seen.
A pair of rear-facing 5-inch TFT displays are mounted into the front headsets, on which passengers can watch DVDs and digital Freeview telly, or even enjoy devices such as games consoles, which can be connected via twin composite inputs and juiced from a dedicated power point. Audio can be played over the car's superb Harmon Kardon speaker system, or -- if Mummy and Daddy don't want to hear what's going on back there -- channelled directly to a set of wireless headphones.
A bespoke touch-sensitive remote control unit has been developed specifically for the Range Rover. The 64mm (2.5-inch) display, which uses resistive touch technology, allows you to choose video and audio sources independently for each display. It's extremely clever, but we won't go as far as to say it's perfect. It doesn't show you artist, playlist or video information and its graphical user interface takes some getting used to. We're not complaining though -- it beats the hell out of standard rear-seat remotes, so well done Land Rover.
Check out the twins up front
The 2011 Range Rover has a dash-mounted entertainment system designed to keep those up front captivated and informed. It uses the same dual-view technology we saw in the, meaning what you see on screen depends entirely on which seat you're sitting in.
Half the display's pixel columns are angled towards the driver, while the other half are angled towards the passenger. Hit the dual-view button and the screen divides the picture, showing the driver only the satellite-navigation or general system menu, while the passenger enjoys a DVD or a spot of Freeview -- even while the vehicle is in motion.
Traffic lights, camera, action
Understandably, it's not possible to watch DVDs or TV in the driver's seat. We were a tad disappointed we couldn't watch some Cloudy from the driver's seat, but that's not to say there aren't plenty of toys to distract you. We particularly liked the virtual instruments -- a 12-inch display that replaces the old-school speedometer and rev counter -- but we got most of our kicks from the Range Rover's Surround Camera system.
Five cameras mounted around the car (one on the underside of each wing mirror, two in the front bumper and one in the tailgate lift handle) provide a 360-degree view of what's happening around the car -- regardless of which direction you're travelling in.
It comes in particularly useful during off-roading, when the cameras can tell you how close you are to a precipice. On normal roads, the front-mounted cameras can show you whether it's safe to pull out of a junction. All camera views can be shown simultaneously as large thumbnails on the central display, or up to two cameras can be shown side by side in larger format, where the user can zoom or pan to get a closer look at objects outside.