Land Rover has assisted in removing some of the struggle and inconvenience of reversing a trailer with its optional Advanced Tow Assist feature. This smart feature is now available on all Land Rover and Range Rover vehicles.
Advanced Tow Assist grants the driver the ability and convenience to reverse a trailer using the rotary controller on the centre console to effortlessly guide the vehicle. The Terrain Response knob imitates your steering wheel, and while operating the pedals, as usual, the in-built and advanced system directs the predicted path of the trailer and displays it with coloured guidelines on the screen of the infotainment system. This enables the driver to actually effortlessly steer with ease as your vehicle calculates and accurately predicts the precise level of counter-steering needed to maintain the preferred trajectory.
This advanced system is more instinctive and natural than using your vehicles steering wheel, the reason being that within one field of vision, it efficiently steers the trailer along the laid-out path. This removes the need to always check three mirrors and look over your shoulder while performing difficult and opposite steering techniques. It also significantly reducing driver workload, this feature drastically improves manoeuvrability and safety when reversing your vehicle and trailer, it will also then alert you behind the wheel when approaching an inconvenient and sticky situation.
These so-named advanced new features being; Trailer Stability Assist (TSA) is a standard feature on all Land Rover and Range Rover models that helpfully monitors the vehicle to sense movements in the trailer and then uses selective braking to help correct potentially dangerous situations. On Land Rovers and Range Rovers with optional Electronically Deployable Tow Bars (EDT) fitted, a Trailer Light Test system will instantly check if all lights on the trailer are operating correctly. This also eliminates the need to manually walk around your vehicle and trailer to check globes if they are in order - which can be quite complicated when inspecting brake lights alone. Every vehicle with rear cameras and factory-fitted tow bars, either fixed or Electronically Deployable, come with a Hitch Assist function to simplify the process of joining your vehicle to a trailer. The smart infotainment screen will display a trajectory line from the tow ball straight to the trailer’s ball cup, stopping the need for outside assistance or having to continuously get out of the driver’s seat to check progress.
Land Rover vehicles that are fitted with either optional or standard Air Suspension, such as Discovery, New Defender and Range Rover, Range Rover Sport and Velar, can raise or lower the rear of their vehicle to make quick and easy work of attaching a trailer. This feature takes some time and inconvenience out of manually winding the trailer’s nosewheel height to match the tow ball and tow cup. Rear Height Assist is also especially handy in situations without a trailer, such as when loading your weekly groceries into the cargo space The Land Rover Discovery and New Defender models are available with quite a unique Nose Load Measurement System that permits drivers to easily check the weight being applied to the vehicle tow bar. These vehicles’ Electronically Deployable Tow Bar hardware carts a calibrated weight sensor to gauge the size of the load on the tow bar itself and warn of dangerous overloading.