A new model year brings about new features to all Land Rover vehicles, and 2012 is no different. Most notably, both the Range Rover Sport and LR4 will now be offered with a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission, paired with a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 engine. The V8 mills, however, still employ the services of a six-speed cogswapper.
That eight-gear transmission may be big news for the diesel-gulping British SUVs, but here in the United States â€“ where we won’t likely get a diesel-powered Land Rover â€“ we’re quite excited for the interior upgrades, including a brand new seven-inch touchscreen with Dual View. This setup allows the driver to view information such as navigational cues, while passengers can enjoy TV or a movie. Thanks to the wireless WhiteFire headphones, the driver also won’t have to endure the same terrible Backyardigans song over and over (and over and over). Though if one happened to enjoy the work of Uniqua, Pablo, Tyrone, Tasha and Austin, then the 17-speaker Harmon Kardon stereo will deliver their tones to your ears.
This is all just the tip of the iceberg regarding the new features of a vehicle that probably has a Terrain Response setting for scaling icebergs.