The optional Electronic Air Suspension not only improves handling at high or low speeds, but it can be used to raise the LR4 as much as 2.15 inches to clear obstacles, or lower by 2 inches for loading. When carrying a heavy load, like towing a trailer, the suspension keeps the ride height constant.
Terrain Response, a standard feature on the LR4, allows the driver to select settings for gravel, grass, sand or pavement using a convenient dial. A Sand Launch Control feature helps keep the wheels from spinning when starting from a dead stop or when increased control is needed in low-speed driving.
Hill Descent Control with Gradient Release Control is the system that gives the LR4 its extraordinary off-road abilities. Hill Descent Control allows the driver to take descents that would stop average SUVs in their tracks. The LR4 also has dynamic stability control and trailer stability assist, but those features seem almost mundane compared to these other technical assistants.
Of course, Land Rover wants to keep everyone safe while they're testing out these off-road capabilities--or just driving to work. Roll stability control is standard, along with air bags for every row of passengers. Five digital cameras are available for almost 360 degrees of visibility while parking or driving off-road. The cameras can be used to accurately line up hitch and trailer, as well.
Standard interior features include push-button start, a multi-function steering wheel, dual climate control, electric parking brake and stadium seating for five or seven passengers. Leather seating and wood trim are optional. A harman/kardon sound system with iPod interface and touch-screen controls is standard and a hard-disk-based navigation system can be added, as well as Bluetooth connectivity. The optional rear-seat entertainment system lets rear passengers play their own DVDs and games--no more fighting.
There are a few options packages available, such as the 7-seat comfort package, which not only adds two extra seats, but also rear climate control for the second and third rows. Another package offers heated front and second-row seats, heated windshield and heated windshield washer jets. The LR4 comes with 19-inch alloy wheels, but are upgradeable to 20-inch, 10-spoke alloys.