10 Land Rover Technologies that make winter driving simple

Winter driving can be challenging for even the most accomplished of drivers, but our suite of technologies is designed to keep you in control on your winter adventures. Find out how they work to help you make more of winter.

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#Hibernot is about treasuring all that winter offers, making the most of every hour, and embracing adventure whatever the weather - the kind of challenge our vehicles were built for. 

Simple-to-use technology built into Land Rovers makes them easier to drive and effortlessly capable on and off-road, in any climate. From clever control of transmissions to maintain grip, to a thoughtful extra that helps you to keep your feet dry, we roundup 10 Land Rover technologies that will help you make more of winter.

Gesture Tailgate

Available on the Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, and Range Rover Evoque, Gesture Tailgate adds an extra level of convenience that’s welcome at any time, and especially useful in winter. To open the tailgate, all you do is gesture with your foot under one of the tailgate sensors (there’s one on each side, under the rear bumper). If the vehicle detects its Smart Key nearby, it responds to your gesture with a flash of the indicators, and then opens the tailgate. No need to fumble inside several layers of clothing for the key, no need to take off your gloves, and no matter if the tailgate is dirty – you don’t need to touch it.

Gesture Tailgate

Winter Wiper Mode

The windscreen wipers on our vehicles are designed to park as low as possible, because this improves aerodynamic performance and reduces the chances of damage off-road. But for parking in wintry conditions we’ve come up with a unique winter mode which parks the wipers higher up, where they are easier to de-ice if a heavy frost causes them to stick, improving usability in testing conditions. To activate, simply go to the Driver Menu on the steering wheel, navigate to vehicle settings followed by wiper settings, and select winter wiper mode. 

The windscreen wipers are higher up when Winter Wiper Mode is selected, making them easier to de-ice

Adaptive LED headlamps

The 2016 Range Rover Evoque is the first Land Rover vehicle to feature full LED adaptive headlamps, which are especially useful when the days are short and the weather bad. The Adaptive LED lamps give better vision around corners than conventional lights and because the lamps use LEDs the light is bright and clear, giving the best view in poor visibility. In addition, the auto-dim function is activated when another vehicle approaches from the front, meaning the bright lights never blind other drivers. More durable than conventional lights, their low power consumption places less strain on the vehicle’s electrical system, giving you more freedom to discover your city.  

Heated Steering Wheel

There’s no doubt that the heated seats and heated steering wheel you’ll find in many of our vehicles make the driving environment that bit cosier when the weather is crisp. But they’re not just there to provide an extra dimension of winter luxury – they help safety and control too. Fast-response steering wheel heating keeps the driver’s fingers from going numb, whilst heated seating keeps driver and passengers alike comfortable when the temperature dips.

Heated Steering Wheel

InControl Remote Premium

The award-winning InControl system enables remote connection to your car using your Android or iOS device (including the Apple Watch). It allows you to view information about the vehicle, such as fuel level, and lets you control functions like door locking without having to go out to the vehicle. With InControl Remote Premium you can even choose a target interior temperature and then remotely start the engine and run it (where this is legal) for up to 30 minutes to pre-heat the interior*.

Panoramic Roof

The panoramic roof helps you make the most of every hour of daylight during winter. A full-length glass roof panel that floods the interior with light, the roof enhances the feeling of your vehicle’s interior space, whilst connecting you to the world outside with a spectacular view that helps you see winter differently. Watch gently gathering snowflakes, embrace the drama of a rainstorm, or take in a beautiful sunset, and when you’re done, simply activate the full-length power blind with the push of a button. 

Panoramic Roof

Terrain Response

Terrain Response builds more than 60 years of Land Rover expertise in the toughest driving conditions into a convenient control system. It automatically optimises a whole range of settings to provide the best combination of traction, agility and control for the circumstances – all the driver has to do is turn a simple rotary controller. The Grass-Gravel-Snow mode sets the electronic traction control to intervene early to prevent tyre slip, speeds up gear changes and softens the accelerator response to help avoid loss of traction, and automatically engages Hill Descent Control when it’s needed.

Grass-Gravel-Snow mode as seen on the infotainment screen

All Terrain Progress Control

All Terrain Progress Control (ATPC) is a low-speed ‘cruise control’ for off-road driving. It automatically maintains the speed the driver sets, managing the engine output and operating the brakes as necessary. This helps to minimise any loss of traction in slippery conditions, and it means the driver can focus on steering and assessing the terrain ahead, making off-road driving in winter easier and safer. All Terrain Progress Control helps to inspire confidence in the vehicle’s ability to tackle even the most challenging terrain and the trickiest weather conditions.

Puddle Lamps

Simple ideas are often the most valuable – and puddle lamps - downward-facing floodlights mounted inside the doors, that help you tread safely in the dark – fall into that category. By making it easier to avoid puddles they help you and your passengers keep their feet dry – particularly when you’re out in the country or there are no street lights on the road. 

Puddle Lamps

Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist

We have pioneered two technologies to make slippery hills easier to navigate - Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control. The former automatically operates the brakes when the vehicle is starting on a steep hill, keeping the footbrake applied even after you release the pedal and then releasing the brakes progressively as the vehicle moves away. This prevents rolling back, leaving the driver free to concentrate on applying the right amount of power for the situation. Hill Descent Control makes descending hills easier and safer by automatically applying the brakes to keep the descent speed low and the driver in full control.

*Available on automatic vehicles only. Currently not available on Range Rover or Range Rover Sport. For further information, please contact your local retailer. 

Words: Will Halloway