Land Rover has showcased the 2015 Discovery. Two new base versions have been added and they retail for a much lower price than the earlier standard HSE and HSE Luxury versions. The new models gain a few new features over the earlier base model (XS) and the customers get an option to add more features from the XXV Special edition launched on the 25th Anniversary of the Discovery. The newer models also get Land Rover InControl Apps.
The InControl Apps is currently compatible with iPhone (5 and later) and Android phones (version 4.0 and later). Land Rover says that this ‚Äėbrings original look and feel of compatible smartphone apps into owner‚Äôs vehicle, which are displayed and controlled from the vehicle‚Äôs touchscreen.‚Äô Hope the user manual is easier to understand. It offers features such as satellite-navigation, media-streaming, internet radio and location services. One can also access the phone contacts, calendar and music library.
The new standard features include cruise control, front fog lamps, automatic headlamps and wipers, headlamp washers, auto dimming rear view mirror and interior foot well and puddle lamps. SE Tech also gets Xenon headlights and LED lights as well. The HSE variants now get 20-inch alloy instead of 19-inch ones. Buyers can also opt for black lacquer wood and leather-wrapped steering wheel similar to the 25th anniversary special edition.
The SE costs ¬£41,595 (Rs 42.01 lakh) while the SE Tech costs ¬£47,495 (Rs 47.96 lakh) which is much less than the top of the line HSE luxury which costs ¬£59,965 (Rs 60.56 lakh). The HSE costs ¬£54,495 (Rs 55.03 lakh). Expect JLR to launch the 2015 Land Rover Discovery in India soon.
2015 Land Rover Discovery unveiled press release
|Land Rover continues to celebrate 25 years of Discovery with new additions to the 2015 Model Year offering. Customers will have the option to add striking features from the XXV Special Edition anniversary model as well as gaining extra features as standard with the new SE and SE Tech additions to the derivative line up. In-car technologies also receive a boost with the introduction of Land Rover InControlTM Apps.
These enhancements are available to order on the Discovery now with customer deliveries starting from September in the UK.
‚ÄúTo mark 25 years of Discovery, Land Rover offered more premium luxury in the form of the XXV Special Edition. Striking attributes from this anniversary derivative are now being made available across the range for our customers to bring that level of heightened luxury into their Discovery of choice,‚ÄĚ said Phil Popham, Jaguar Land Rover Group Marketing Director.
‚ÄúInControl Apps adds another dimension to the Discovery‚Äôs attributes and another meaning to work-life balance by enabling safe and efficient access to essential smartphone content and in-car apps from the vehicle‚Äôs touchscreen,‚ÄĚ he added.
Introduction of new models & features
At 15 Model Year, SE becomes the new entry point to the Discovery range. With this change, customers receive additional features as standard compared to the previous entry point GS specification. These include; cruise control, front fog lights, automatic headlamps and wipers, headlamp power wash, auto dimming rear view mirror and interior foot well and door puddle lamps.
SE Tech replaces the previous XS specification and adds Xenon headlights with LED signature as standard whilst HSE variants now feature 20‚ÄĚ alloy wheels as standard rather than the previous 19‚ÄĚ. Customers can also bring that added touch of luxury to their Discovery of choice with the option of adding the Grand Black Lacquer wood and leather-wrapped steering wheel from the XXV Special Edition anniversary model.
Changes to the exterior colour palette will see three new colours introduced; Aruba, Kaikora Stone and Montalcino Red replace Luxor, Ipanema Sand and Nara Bronze.
Cutting edge in-car connectivity
Land Rover InControlTM Apps is introduced as a customer option to complement the Discovery‚Äôs existing infotainment system and provide the ultimate for in-car connectivity. It brings the convenience, familiarity and original look and feel of compatible smartphone apps into the owner‚Äôs vehicle, which are displayed and controlled from the vehicle‚Äôs touchscreen.
This technology has been developed with some of the world‚Äôs leading smartphone app developers and is compatible with the latest Apple and Android smartphones. Optimised for in-car use, Land Rover InControlTM Apps offers services such as satellite-navigation, media streaming, internet radio and location services, whilst also providing easy access to the connected smartphone‚Äôs contacts, calendar and music library.
Compatible apps include Stitcher, Glympse, Sygic, Parkopedia, Hotelseeker, Cityseeker, Eventseeker, News on Board and MobileDay, the latter enabling one-touch access to voice conference calls without the need to dial a number. The range of apps is being continually expanded, with new content available every time the apps update.
The owner must download Land Rover InControlTM Apps to their smartphone from either the Apple App Store (for iPhone 5 and later) or Google Play (for Android version 4.0 and later). Once the phone is connected to the vehicle‚Äôs dedicated USB port, the owner simply taps the InControl Apps icon on the central touchscreen and selects the desired vehicle-compatible app from the menu.