It was 18 hours coming back from SWCO this past weekend. Trust me, it was nice being comfortable. Let me guess, that's not a long enough drive to want comfort?A whole two hours? Goodness me.
But "Sound deadening, ride quality, and vibration/harshness is a thing and its an important thing" does not require electronic anything.
I'm trying really hard not to be overly frustrated, but the point is that we cannot have it all. Each person will want a different level of comfort, electronics, etc. But at the end of the day, JLR MUST MOVE UNITS. The customer expectation for a 2020 model car in the 50k+ range is that you'll have these features. I personally despise the non-removable/updateable dash mounted LCD screens that have been brought in over the last 10 years but I also realize that if you're a new customer, you *MUST* have these features or you can't sell. With the number (nearly zero) of people who actually use these trucks for any amount of off-pavement driving, it's incredible and we should be all jumping up and down with joy that we have ANY options for what we enjoy, much less several (Wrangler, Defender, ZR2 Colorado, Toyotas, etc). A new and exciting contender should be universally praised instead of this constant negativity. You don't have to buy one.
I will still echo the statements from before that I love air suspension. I can't imagine going back to a traditional lifted setup and driving around with a 3" raised CG on the highway. If you haven't tried it, please do before hating on it.
OK, I give up. THIS CAR IS NOT YET RELEASED. NOBODY HAS DONE A SINGLE 3RD PARTY REVIEW YET. You're prejudiced PURELY on the fact that you hate the idea of vehicles having air suspension and electronics. Guess what? Vehicles have universally become more capable and more reliable with time. They don't build them like they used to... and that's a good thing. Are you the same guy who fought power windows? How about computer controlled ignitions and fuel injection? Are you still using points and carburetors? Do you 'hate' forced induction, despite the obvious advantages for weight and performance at high elevation?But I won't buy it because it's an expensive pile of electronic stuff that does not belong off road.
By your logic, my LR3 shoudln't have spent the last week in SWCO or Utah backcountry because everything would break and it would never survive. Yet at 15 years old with 120k+ miles, it did exactly that. Fine, you won't buy one. Great. We get it. Seriously.
I wouldn't expect SOTA to be needed for any significant issues that would disable your vehicle. I understand your fear of bricking an ECU but remember, updates are updates - the truck won't be delivered broken and needing an update to run or a 5G connection to stay on road.I did characterize it as a "Luxury Defender" for a reason. There is likely too much technology. One area that is of significant concern to me is the reliance on SOTA (Software Over The Air) updates. That is fine except for those areas that don't have cell coverage. For Colorado and the Intermountain West that is spotty. I tell my tourist visitors to take their cell phones and toss them in the rear seat and learn to read a paper map. So if LR is relying on SOTA for addressing significant issues that might disable a vehicle, forget it. In addition you run the risk of bricking your Defender. Need to see many more years and much more details on SOTA before I even consider that a viable 'feature'. Theoretically is sounds good on paper and is likely viable in a urban area.