Well here’s an idea. How about using an app to move your car seats remotely. I wish I’d thought of it first, but alas, Land Rover did. The automaker is debuting an app that does just that on the all-new Land Rover Discovery.
The next-generation Discovery made its debut across the pond not too long ago. It’s first appearance stateside was in Los Angeles last week where we saw a seat demo in action. The seats move remotely via an app on an Apple or Android smartphone.
The three-row SUV that seats seven will replace the LR4 come next year.
At first glance you’ll note it looks far less boxy than in the past and takes after the more aerodynamic Discovery Sport. For once, in the front, it has more a clamshell hood and the windshield is more steeply raked than the outgoing model. It’s redesigned LED headlights wrap around the front end. In the back the taillights switch from vertical to horizontal.
While the new Discovery may look a bit smaller than the LR4, it’s actually not. It’s 5.5-inches longer on a 1.5-inch longer wheelbase. But the roof is slightly lower, which may make it appear smaller.
If you’re big on roof racks though, the Discovery may not be for you. Designers say while one will be available, they don’t like them much.
Anothe big difference is in weight. The new Discovery ditches 1,000 pounds thanks to the use of lighter weight aluminum. Another tech feature worth noting is an all-new tow assist. It helps drivers back up with a trailer. It’s similar to Ford’s system. The Discovery will tow up to 8,201 pounds.
The price tag for one starts just above $50,000. But at launch in mid-2017, only the First Edition will be available and that’ll cost you $74,945.