For the release of the 2011 Land Rover product line, a select group of automotive journalists was invited on a weekend long 4×4 adventure through the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. The trip retraced a portion of Land Rover’s legendary 1989 Great Divide Expedition, including trips down the legendary Black Bear Pass and Imogene Pass near Telluride.
Driving a collection of 2011 Range Rovers and LR4s, the newly-improved Land Rovers had a chance to show off some of their new features. Gradient Assist Control which helps maintain control on downhill descents (it apparently works separate from Hill Descent Control) and Hill Start Assist, which holds the initial driver-generated brake pressure long enough for your foot to move from the brake pedal to the throttle without the car rolling backwards, both came in handy on the notoriously steep switchbacks of Black Bear Pass.
These technological innovations allowed these 4x4s to tackle what are generally considered challenging trails with ease. Add the unmatched comfort and luxury of the current offerings from Land Rover and you have the perfect trail ride.