To highlight the new Discovery Sport’s towing capabilities, Land Rover had the specialists at Aquarius Railroad Technologies fit the three-row sport-ute with a set of rail wheels and hooked it up to a train of three luxury carriages totaling 119 tons.
This remarkable feat took place at Museumsbahn Stein am Rhein in Switzerland, crossing the River Rhine on the gorgeous Hemishofen bridge – a historic steel span measuring 935 feet long and soaring 85 feet above the valley floor.
The 10 kilometer journey put the compact Discovery Sport’s pulling power to the ultimate test. Though the Discovery Sport has a certified maximum towing weight of 2,500kg, it was able to pull 60 times its own weight, powered by Jaguar Land Rover’s 180PS Ingenium diesel engine providing 430Nm of torque. In addition, the Discovery Sport benefitted from Land Rover’s portfolio of towing and traction technologies such as Terrain Response, Tow Assist, Tow Hitch Assist and All Terrain Progress Control – a semi-autonomous off-road driving system that automatically manages engine output and braking, to complete the stunt.
The vehicle’s drivetrain remained unchanged; the only modification being the fitment of rail wheels by specialists Aquarius Railroad Technologies, to act as ‘stabilizers’. Unlike the 1989 Discovery tow, Discovery Sport completed the impressive pull without the aid of low-range gears, instead using its state-of-the-art 9-speed automatic gearbox and Terrain Response technology to generate the necessary traction. Land Rover’s All Terrain Progress Control (ATPC) system was also engaged at the press of a button during the tow, to maximize traction at a set speed. Acting much like a low-speed cruise control, ATPC allows the driver to focus on the road, or in this case the railway, ahead.
Towing is in Land Rover’s DNA, and the Discovery Sport is no exception. If you are keen to test out the strength and capability of the all new Discovery Sport, then we invite you to stop by Land Rover Dallas to take this beauty for a test climb.
An exclusive Limited Edition Range Rover Evoque has been revealed as part of updates made to the world’s most luxurious compact SUV. Known as the “Ember” edition, this stunning red and black luxury compact SUV has a host of design enhancements to showcase Evoque’s distinctive silhouette.
The Ember builds on the attributes of the Range Rover Evoque HSE Dynamic with striking exterior details including a Firenze Red roof to contrast the Santorini Black body color. The Ember theme continues inside with Ebony black seats with a contrasting Pimento red stitch among the many stand-out design features.
Phil Simmons, Land Rover’s Studio Director for Exterior Design Realization said: “We wanted to give the Range Rover Evoque Ember Limited Edition a sporty feel; contrasting the intensity of the Firenze Red with Santorini Black really shows off the Evoque’s stand-out proportions.”
Having won over 182 international awards since its launch in 2011, the Evoque is widely regarded as the world’s most desirable luxury compact SUV.
The latest Range Rover Evoque now offers next-generation InControl Touch Pro infotainment that includes a 10.2-inch tablet-style touchscreen complete with streetview map options and a customizable home screen. The touchscreen behaves like a smartphone or tablet with swipe, pan and pinch to zoom controls and provides a clearer 21:9 super-wide format with 1280×542 pixel resolution – an 80 per cent increase over the Evoque’s standard eight-inch touchscreen
Evoque customers will also be able to choose from a wider range of exterior body colors than before. The addition of Aruba, Farallon Black, Carpathian Grey and Silicon Silver premium metallic paint finishes takes the total number of color options to 18.
The Range Rover Evoque Ember will be available to order for a three-month period this summer in select markets.
The 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport is the car that never forgets thanks to the world-first integration of Tile’s advanced tracking app. The premium compact SUV is the first vehicle to incorporate the pioneering technology.
With everyone always on the go in today’s society, it’s easy to leave things behind. But the new Discovery Sport is designed to make forgotten wallets and missing keys a thing of the past. The app uses Tile tags, tiny Bluetooth trackers that can be attached to important items and used to track their whereabouts using smartphone technology. Once the app is initiated using the central touchscreen, customers are alerted if specified items are not inside the vehicle and are even able to get on-screen directions to their last known location.
Peter Virk, Jaguar Land Rover’s Director of Connected Technologies & Apps, said: “Losing your wallet or leaving your child’s sports kit behind isn’t just an inconvenience. The realization you’ve mislaid something important can be a cause of distraction. Our unique 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.”
Jaguar Land Rover is the first automotive company to integrate Tile with its in-car entertainment system. The partnership allows customers to establish a list of “Essentials” using the vehicle touchscreen, which are always checked when the app is initiated. If items are lost inside the vehicle, customers are able to sound a 90-decibel alarm on the Tile tag, to help locate them.
The Tile smartphone app is compatible with both Android and Apple platforms and the number of items that can be tracked is limitless.
To find out more about Tile, feel free to call or visit Land Rover Dallas where our highly trained associates will be happy to answer any questions you might have. And don’t forget to visit us online to view our incredible lineup of new and pre-owned Land Rovers.