If you are one to lose your keys or your wallet, the new 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport could just be the SUV to help keep you sane and out the door on time.
Land Rover says it’s the first vehicle to electronically locate your valuables for you thanks to a new integrated Bluetooth tracking app that finds lost items in the car. In the same vein, it will also help you know if you’re leaving an important item behind.
The system works using the Tile Bluetooth tracking app. All you have to do is put Tile tags, tiny Bluetooth trackers, on items that always seem to go missing – things like your keys and sunglasses – and then use the available InControl Touch Pro in the Discovery Sport to track them down.
Here’s how it works. When you turn the app on it automatically checks for items on your list of tagged essentials. If it locates a lost item in the car, it sets off an alarm on the item’s Tile tag to help you find it. This way you’ll know if your wallet really is stuck under the seat or if you’re just rooting around through the cheerios and old napkins.
Land Rover added the system to the Discovery Sport after discovering the average Brit spends 15 minutes a day looking for misplaced items. Well, speaking from personal experience, this side of the pond also struggles with misplacing things.
Aside from the new Tile app, the Discovery Sport remains mostly the same for 2017. It does get a few updates including an optional Dynamic Design Pack that features unique front and rear bumpers, black exterior accents, and gloss black 20-inch wheels. Tack on the Inside the Pack for contrast stitching, special floor mats, and metal finish pedals.
It’s also offered in four new paint colors: Silicon Silver, Farallon Black, Carpathian Grey, and Aruba metallic.
Inside, you’ll find a new, larger, 10.2-inch touch screen. It’s also a new touch based system that works the same way as smartphone and tablets do with swipe and pinch responsiveness.
Land Rover’s also beefed up its safety tech with Intelligent Speed Limiter, Lane Keep Assist, and Driver Condition Monitor.
The 2017 Discovery Sport goes on sale in August and starts at $37,695.