Here at Land Rover Dallas we all agree that safety comes first, which is why we are pleased to announce that ahead of its release, the 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport has been crash tested by the Euro NCAP and came out on top with a 5 star safety rating!
Every Discovery Sport is outfitted with a plethora of standard active and passive safety features including; Dynamic Stability Control, Electronic Traction Control, Roll Stability Control, Anti-lock Braking Systems, Reverse Traffic Detection, Emergency Brake Lights, Lane Departure Warning and Seatbelt Reminders.
The Pedestrian Protection System includes an air bag designed to reduce injury in the event the Land Rover collides with someone out taking a stroll. Additionally, a reversing camera is standard and the hazard lights automatically illuminate under heavy braking.
When opting for the HSE model, you will be granted with automatic high-beam assist and front park-assist sensors, while the HSE Lux is equipped with autonomous emergency braking. At speeds below 31 mph this technology can help avoid a collision, and when traveling at 49 mph or less the system can mitigate the severity of a collision, Land Rover says. Additional standard safety features for the HSE Lux version include lane-departure warning and blind-spot monitoring with Closing Vehicle Sensing and Reverse Traffic Detection.
Murray Dietsch, Director of Land Rover Programs, said: “The vehicle safety team worked tirelessly to ensure that the Discovery Sport delivered levels of safety never before seen in the small SUV segment. We have introduced some cutting edge safety technologies such as the all-new pedestrian airbag and an innovative Autonomous Emergency Braking system, in addition to our tried-and-tested Land Rover safety systems.”
If you are interested in being one of the first to parade the all new Discovery Sport around town, then come see us here at Land Rover Dallas and we will happily start you on your journey.
Land Rover Dallas commends our parent company, Land Rover USA, as they are about to pave the way for the future when it comes to in-car technology and safety, with two new systems that are sure to impress the masses on an epic scale.
Jaguar Land Rover’s new 360 Virtual Urban Windscreen system embraces two unique approaches to getting around town. First up is the Transparent Pillar system, which uses a combination of cameras and display screens embedded in the A, B and C pillars to make them virtually disappear. Rather than acting as blind spots limiting your visibility, the system uses the roof pillars to display what is actually going on around the car. If there happens to be an obstacle hidden by the A-pillars, the system shows you the potential hazard as if the pillars weren’t there, and brings the obstacle to the driver’s attention. If the driver turns his or her head to see a vehicle passing alongside, it projects the vehicle on the inside of the B- or C-pillar.
The second system integrated in the next-generation head-up display is the Follow-Me Ghost Car Navigation system, which takes a page straight out of the video-game playbook by projecting a “ghost car” on the windscreen that the driver can then “follow” instead of listening to turn-by-turn directions or looking at a map in the dashboard display.
Dr. Wolfgang Epple, Director of Research and Technology for Jaguar Land Rover, said: “Our ultimate aim is to reduce road accidents and enhance the urban driving experience. The Jaguar Land Rover research team is developing this technology to improve visibility and to give the driver with the right information at the right time. If we can keep the driver’s eyes on the road ahead and present information in a non-distracting way, we can help drivers make better decisions in the most demanding and congested driving environments.”
Though these new technologies won’t be seen on our Land Rover models in the very near future, they still clearly show Land Rover is ahead of the curve when it comes to technology and keeping our fellow drivers safe and free from distractions.
After 68 years of iconic service, Land Rover Dallas is saying goodbye to an old friend, the Defender, with a year-long sendoff. As production winds down for the infamous off-road vehicle, the final examples to roll out will be three limited editions, each representing different elements of the Defender’s character.
The Autobiography edition is the modern luxury trim, sleek alloy wheels, sexy two-tone paintwork, Windsor leather upholstery and an upgrade to the 2.1-liter four-cylinder engine, boosting the horsepower from 122 to 147. It is due to go on sale in April over in the UK and will run about $75,000.
For something a tad more ‘old-school’ there is the Heritage edition, decked out in a Grasmere green body and sporting a white roof. The grille has a more retro-style feel to it, and it will be splattered with HUE 116 graphics which is a callback to the registration plate worn by the original pre-production Land Rover.
Last up is the Adventure edition which carries the vehicle’s globe-traversing spirit. This model sports additional underbody protection for the side sills and engine sump, as well as hefty Goodyear MT/R tires.
“We wanted to mark the end of Defender production at Solihull with a special edition but coming up with a single identity was impossible,” said Nick Rodgers, Land Rover Vehicle Line Director. “So, we developed three very different interpretations of the Defender to reflect its strength and breadth of character.”
Unfortunately nothing lasts forever, but the classic Defender may soon to be replaced by a more modern vehicle that will hopefully be available worldwide thanks to updated emissions and safety standards. We will just have to wait and see what mother Land Rover decides, but in the meantime we send a fond farewell to one of the great off-road vehicles of our time.