High tech features on new Disco
So here’s the scenario. You’re shopping for a new washing machine, and the store has only one left, but they can’t deliver until Monday – and the wife wants it now.
No problem, you’re in your new Land Rover Discovery. Plenty of room with the rear seats down. Only thing is, it’s raining, and you don’t want to stand outside while the wife fiddles to flip the seats forward, so you take out your Smartphone, open the Discover app, and you can flip down the seats from inside the store, so the vehicle is all ready for you to quickly load without getting (too) wet.
That’s just one of the super-smart features in the latest Discovery, just revealed. By the way, you can also reconfigure the seats using controls at the back of the vehicle, or from the driver’s seat using the touchscreen on the dashboard.
But wait, there’s more, for the new Disco is packed full of clever features. For instance, all the seats are heated, so the kids don’t complain on a cold day. And it’s capable of carrying seven adults, yet retains its overall length of less than 5m – or you can carry up to 2,500 litres of luggage, camping equipment, etc, if you fold the rear seat rows down.
Plus, it retains the stepped rear roofline so adults can sit in the rearmost seats. And there’s even a hook in the front seat well so you can keep your bag of curry upright so it doesn’t spill!
At the same time Land Rover has ensured the latest Disco is as capable on and off-road as its predecessors, yet it’s shed 480kg. Ground clearance is rated at 283mm (up 43mm) with maximum wading depth of 900mm (an increase of 200mm).
A comprehensive suite of off-road driving technologies ensures New Discovery’s supreme all-terrain capability is easy to access for even inexperienced drivers.
Other high tech features include up to nine USB ports, six 12V charging points, and an in-car 3G wifi hotspot for up to eight devices.
Another thoughtful innovation, Auto Access Height technology, reduces the ride height by up to 40mm as passengers prepare to enter or exit the vehicle.
And it’s also got Jaguar Land Rover’s InControl Touch Pro infotainment system which features a large 10-inch touchscreen positioned high on the centre console, reducing the number of switches on the centre console by a third.
A useful feature for active families is Land Rover’s state-of-the-art Activity Key wristband, which allows customers to enjoy sports and active hobbies without carrying the standard key fob. Holding the waterproof Activity Key up to the “D” in the Discovery badge on the tailgate simultaneously locks the vehicle and disables the ordinary key, which can be left safely inside.
Power comes from either the new 134kW two-litre Ingenium fourcylinder Td4 diesel with combined fuel economy of 6L/100km and CO2 emissions from 159g/km – a reduction of 22 percent; the twinturbo Sd4 179kW/500Nm Ingenium four-cylinder diesel with fuel economy of 6.3L/100km/165g/km; the 192kW/600Nm V6 Td6; or a 254kW 450Nm supercharged three-litre V6 petrol, the Si6.
Expect it next year!