New tech allows Land Rover Discovery owners to configure the seating using the InControl Remote app on smartphones from anywhere in world
Sam Sheehan
7 September 2016

The 2017 Land Rover Discovery will feature previously unseen Intelligent Seat Fold technology that allows owners to adjust seats remotely from anywhere in the world.

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Using the InControl Remote app on their smartphone, owners can change the settings of the two rear rows of seating in their car in as little as 14sec, removing the need to adjust them manually when required.

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Like the outgoing model, the 2017 Discovery will have seven seats, with a three-seat middle bench and two seats in the boot. In its standard setting, the third-row seats are folded into the boot floor.

Land Rover’s Intelligent Seat Fold technology will allow these seats and those in the row ahead to be fully declined and put upright at the touch of a button. The seats can also be controlled using switches within the luggage area and on the C-pillar, or using the main touchscreen display on the dashboard.

Alex Heslop, Land Rover’s chief engineer for the Discovery, said of the system: “This unique feature sets the new Discovery apart from any other vehicle. The fact that owners can change the seating while doing things like queuing with their shopping is a true milestone in convenience delivered through technological innovation.”

To demonstrate the effectiveness and remote ability of Intelligent Seat Fold technology, Land Rover drafted in adventurer Bear Grylls. The 42-year-old was able to adjust the seats of a new Discovery during a 125mph freefall after he jumped from a plane with six members of the Royal Navy Parachute Display Team.

Grylls said: “Land Rover is proving why the new Discovery is the ultimate family SUV. The fact that they have created this world-first Intelligent Seat Fold technology is impressive in itself and for the remote function to work while we are freefalling from a plane is pretty cool!

“I’m not sure many people will be using it in such a manner but the technology to operate the car remotely in this way will undoubtedly be a real winner for busy families who want to be prepared.”

Technical spec and on-sale date

The fifth-generation Discovery will be revealed later this month. Up to this point, only one teaser image has been released, but Autocar has learned a few technical specifications for the model.

The 2017 car is set to use the company’s 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engine, following the sighting of pre-production mules using this motor. Petrol and diesel 3.0-litre V6 powerplants are also mooted, stemming from Land Rover's development of modular engine technology.

The car will also use the same aluminium monocoque as the Range Rover, helping it to be lighter than its 2622kg predecessor.

The 2017 Land Rover Discovery will be revealed at the Paris motor show later this month. When it goes on sale, the new model will be positioned further upmarket than today's car. The starting price is likely to increase from the £47,495 of the outgoing model and edge closer to the realms of the Range Rover Sport, which starts at £62,345.

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7 September 2016
What will they think of next? Not being able to drop the rear seats while you're queuing in Waitrose has to be the firstmost of first world problems... Imagine the expensive 'crunch' when you've forgot that you've left Tarquins car seat in place... A mate of mine had a used Range Rover that was riddled with problems, maybe the boffins should concentrate on other areas of their cars before concentrating on pointless tech like this.

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7 September 2016
Beastie_Boy wrote:

... Imagine the expensive 'crunch' when you've forgot that you've left Tarquins car seat in place... A mate of mine had a used Range Rover that was riddled with problems, maybe the boffins should concentrate on other areas of their cars before concentrating on pointless tech like this.

Exactly. Might be of use for posh airport taxis, but otherwise is faux engineering. JLR should focus on hardening the electrics rather than adding more failure points. But this hopefully will be fitted just to the top posh-idiot spec...

7 September 2016
Beastie_Boy wrote:

What will they think of next? Not being able to drop the rear seats while you're queuing in Waitrose has to be the firstmost of first world problems... Imagine the expensive 'crunch' when you've forgot that you've left Tarquins car seat in place... A mate of mine had a used Range Rover that was riddled with problems, maybe the boffins should concentrate on other areas of their cars before concentrating on pointless tech like this.

"New tech allows Land Rover Discovery owners to configure the seating using the InControl Remote app on smartphones from anywhere in world"

might be of use to a Bond villain: to crush his victim from the safety of his far eastern lair… or a disgruntled husband could reconfigure the seating remotely whilst his wife steams down the motorway: with comical results… other than that a bloody useless function

7 September 2016
The seats are hardly top of the priority list.
My main concern is that we have yet another Russian doll.
C'mon lads. Look after the Defender at least...

7 September 2016
The seats are hardly top of the priority list.
My main concern is that we have yet another Russian doll.
C'mon lads. Look after the Defender at least...

7 September 2016
The seats are hardly top of the priority list.
My main concern is that we have yet another Russian doll.
C'mon lads. Look after the Defender at least...

7 September 2016
The seats are hardly top of the priority list.
My main concern is that we have yet another Russian doll.
C'mon lads. Look after the Defender at least...

7 September 2016
What an incredible innovation! This has the potential to save me as much as 10 seconds of my precious time every week. No more releasing levers and pushing seats, which is just soo tiring. Could JLR also design a gismo to automatically load my mountain bike into the car, and then perhaps drive me to the forest. In fact, why not go all the way and let me stay at home and experience the ride from my smartphone. Then I wouldn't need the car at all. An automated adrenaline injection, dispensed by my reclining sofa, and fat pills would ensure that my lazy, over privileged ass wouldn't miss out on the health benefits of the ride.

7 September 2016
Wow... How useful!!

Being the other side of the world and being able to move your car seats is technology we've all been screaming for..

Maybe jaguar/Land Rover should invest in being able to launch a full range of engines and models at launch.... XE/XF estates and some choice of deisel and petrol engines.

Or put the money into really catching up on audi/bmw with extra cash going into cabin material upgrades.

7 September 2016
Wow... How useful!!

Being the other side of the world and being able to move your car seats is technology we've all been screaming for..

Maybe jaguar/Land Rover should invest in being able to launch a full range of engines and models at launch.... XE/XF estates and some choice of deisel and petrol engines.

Or put the money into really catching up on audi/bmw with extra cash going into cabin material upgrades.

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