There are 17 more weeks until market launch – enough time for the last fine tuning, which, under the Spanish winter sun, is not limited to the chassis and steering. The high degree of interconnectivity, above all, constantly presents new challenges to the testers and developers. Each change can have an impact on other systems: some things can be managed by means of a software update, but that in turn leads to changes elsewhere. In this manner, many functions were tested and possible errors removed.
This effort is absolutely necessary: "Right away, from the introduction in 2002, the vehicle established itself as a premium SUV," explains head of model-development Jochen Brüning. The new generation aims to reinforce – and improve – this position. Andreas Reckewerth, Overall Vehicle Head Developer, repeatedly undertook topic-related test drives.