11pm. The inky blackness of the night surrounds you. Your breath hits the frigid air morphing into organic fog. Snow starts to fall, the flakes growing heavier with each passing minute. The sinking thought of the hour-long drive ahead of you, where a warm bed awaits your arrival. You climb into your 2013 Land Rover LR4, pressing the start button as you close the door, shutting out the arctic assault. The heated steering wheel and seat are turned on with telepathic reflexes, as the heated windshield clears the layer of frost blocking your view of the road ahead. The gear lever is pulled into drive, and a chime rings reminding you that the temperature is below 3 degrees. The Terrain Response dial is turned to the Grass Gravel Snow setting, leaving Sand, Mud Ruts and Rock Crawl for another adventure. A light press of the accelerator pedal sets you off in second gear with the power being routed to the wheels with the most grip via it’s permanent 4 wheel drive and traction control system. As you accelerate up the on ramp, white out conditions in full force, the 5,800 Lbs of British might keep you snug to the road, making quick work of any slush and compact snow. Traffic is at a standstill with drivers of lesser vehicles strewn about the medians and shoulders of the highway, confused as to what went wrong. The frozen terrain starts to build and deep grooves in the road are formed reaching the tops of your bumper. The LR4, now perfectly happy to take the role of snow plough, gives no sign of giving up this battle royal. With one press of a button, the entire vehicle is lifted via air suspension to give you 12.2 inches of ground clearance. The 375 HP 5.0 Liter direct injection V8 trundles on, not even breaking a sweat at the conditions ahead. You press on into the night, the LR4 having your back until the end. 12 am. As your pull into your driveway, kill the engine, and listen to your truck tick itself cold, regaining your thoughts, you come to an understanding of what a Land Rover is. This 7 Seater city slicker that looks stately parked in any downtown metropolis, isn’t just appearances. It will take you wherever you want, whenever you want. No destination is out of bounds, and no conditions are a no. The LR4 is a Land Rover at its best.
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