New tech includes the integration of a smart app: a Bluetooth tracking device, called Tile, which uses tiny Bluetooth tags that can be attached to important items and used to trace their location using smartphone technology.
Once the free app, compatible with both Apple and Android, is started in the car’s central touchscreen, owners are notified if tagged items are not inside the vehicle - such as a set of keys or a wallet - and can be sent on-screen directions to their last known location.
Land Rover claims it’s the first car maker to incorporate the technology within its in-car entertainment system, with JLR tech boss Peter Virk saying that its partnership with Tile “means customers can check the status of tagged items using Discovery Sport’s touchscreen, so forgotten items will be a thing of the past”.
The Discovery Sport also gets an updated InControl Touch Pro infotainment system with a larger, 10.2in touchscreen that replicates a tablet user experience, according to Land Rover. Advanced safety systems now fitted include Lane Keep Assist, a Driver Condition Monitor to detects drowsiness, and Intelligent Speed Limiter, which takes advantage of the Traffic Sign Recognition feature to detect changes to the speed limit.
Four new body colours are available, as well as a Graphite Pack, which is optional on SE and SE Tech trims. Costing £1555, it brings 19in wheels and exterior colour accents, including a grey contrast roof and black door mirror caps.
Gerry McGovern, Land Rover design chief, said: “Our customers want their vehicles to stand out and expect a wide range of personalisation options. With its polished finishes, the additional Graphite Pack gives our compact SUV a uniquely distinctive appearance.”