I've been a bit busy lately. The new car arrived. A 2015 Land Rover LR4.
I placed a factory order this time so I could avoid the heated windshield. I really do not like the embedded heater wires in the laminated glass. I'm sure they're fantastic in cold climates. But in the desert southwest they're just annoying. I never learned how to ignore them in my own vision, and my cameras would often focus on them and not on the distant objects I wanted to photograph. To avoid this item, I had to exclude the Cold Climate Package, that also includes heated seats. That's fine because I never used that in any of my cars. They're popular, but I must be weird because I don't like it. It's like sitting on a frying pan.
HSE trim package
HSE is now required to get the xenon headlamps (and they are amazing).
Heavy Duty Package
Includes 2-speed transfer gearbox, locking rear diff, and full sized spare.
Vision Assist Package
Includes xenon headlamps, surround cameras, backup camera, and more.
Black Design Package
Just cuz it looks cool.
I chose the Black Design Package with 19" wheels. I considered going with the custom 18" wheels from Compomotive that other LR4 owners have bought. But to save costs for now, I'll use the OEM wheels. I can always migrate to Compomotive later (hopefully).
I bought the dealer-installed accessory called "Underbody Protection". This is their version of a front skid plate. It's a thick aluminum design. I'm still deciding if I should paint it black.
I'm trying something new for protecting the finish, and I'll describe that in a separate post.
My first priority is to remove the running boards (a mandatory feature with the 2015 model year) and install my Terrafirma rock sliders.