Discovery Sport receives updated infotainment system, including Bluetooth tracking app to help retrieve misplaced items

Land Rover has updated its Discovery Sport with additional technology, a fresh design pack and a trio of new safety systems.

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.”

The updated car is available now, priced from £31,095.

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27 April 2016
Some of your customers would like 16 inch wheels, a wipe clean interior, and a more basic specification. Body kits don't tend to work out very well in the dales! With the removal from the range and price level of the Defender and Freelander, Landrover has lost its foundation and some could argue its way!

27 April 2016
In the Yorkshire snow this year I went downhill past a stuck Evoque who had slid into the stone wall and they were amazed my cheaper 2 wheel drive car was fine (winter tyres...) but the Evoque owner had clearly spent a lot of time ensuring the decal stripes matched the contrast roof colour. I offered a lift and also tried to explain that 4x4 doesn't help when you're not pressing the accelerator (eg downhill) and it's all in the tyres. Their reply "The dealer said it would be great in the snow..." (I'm sure the dealer was also very helpful in choosing the colour of the £371 bonnet sticker)

 

 

 

27 April 2016
Deputy wrote:

In the Yorkshire snow this year I went downhill past a stuck Evoque who had slid into the stone wall and they were amazed my cheaper 2 wheel drive car was fine (winter tyres...) but the Evoque owner had clearly spent a lot of time ensuring the decal stripes matched the contrast roof colour. I offered a lift and also tried to explain that 4x4 doesn't help when you're not pressing the accelerator (eg downhill) and it's all in the tyres. Their reply "The dealer said it would be great in the snow..." (I'm sure the dealer was also very helpful in choosing the colour of the £371 bonnet sticker)

Smug, resentful post of the day!


27 April 2016
I got a new car last year. I looked at the Discovery Sport (dealer was actually pretty good). Loved the 7 seats in a 'small' SUV. I could get wheels with all season tyres, heated steering wheel too and the kids loved it. But the onboard tech was painful to use (no adaptive cruise, no android auto/slick spotify, slow sat nav etc) and also the car was slow and below the surface it just felt old. I ended up with a faster German based estate instead with much better tech (Leon ST X-perience) for less cash and a spare set of winter wheels. I really wanted the Disco Sport but just felt like going backwards tech wise. Hopefully the refresh will be done by the time my next car is due. After having had adaptive cruise I wouldn't be without it.

 

 

 

27 April 2016
Would appreciate a petrol engine option in the UK. Indeed I wish they would sell the full size Discovery in the UK with a petrol engine too.

27 April 2016
So on the same day that Volvo plan a UK trial of fully autonomous cars, Land Rover announce they've added a tracking app (which has been around for ages) and some old safety tech.... Come on JLR! I really want to support you but this doesn't help!

 

 

 

27 April 2016
Can it locate the owners brain who'd desire and specify such a pointless option.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

27 April 2016
How about one for when it gets knicked. Could come in handy. As Land Rover products being the most stolen.

27 April 2016
I want an App that gets the Car to make me a cup of coffee as I am driving, dispensed through the iCupholder. Perhaps an app that will cook my dinner as I approach home, so that food is waiting for me. I would happily accept it order a take way on my behalf, here it would decide what I would prefer based on the ambient lighting and the music being played? It definitely needs to update facebook every ten minutes, sending photos every ten minutes. Perhaps email/message all my contacts who are within 10 minutes of my location. I also want an app that monitors the location of all my employees, and evidence will be used against them when they blag the reason why they were late. Please send all of my data to ad companies and spam me while I am driving as to the best deals near by. I want a car that IS NOT connected to any electronic service please. Just let me drive.

27 April 2016
There's already a way of knowing your car keys are not in the car with you.


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