Have you ever gotten in your car and driven off, only to find out later that you left something important behind like a bag or a set of keys? That might never happen again if you drive the updated Land Rover Discovery Sport, the world’s first compact SUV to introduce Bluetooth tracking.
Partnering with Tile — the US-based company that makes tiny Bluetooth-enabled tags you can slip, stick or hang almost anywhere — drivers and passengers can locate whatever is missing using the vehicle’s updated InControl Touch Pro infotainment system, now controlled via a larger 10.2-inch touchscreen. Simply tag something and then add it to an “Essentials” list inside the built-in app, which once launched will notify the occupants when the items aren’t present.
Even if something is lost somewhere inside the cabin, a 90-decibel alarm on the tag itself can be activated.
In addition to this technology, the 2017 Discovery Sport also receives a couple of exterior upgrade options. The Black Limited Edition features a Dynamic style grille, black Sport badging and comes in three different colours: Silicon Silver, Yulong White and Carpathian Grey. The Graphite Pack gives a Dark Atlas colour treatment to the grille and side vents, a Corris Grey contrasting coloured roof and Narvik Black side mirror covers.
Finishing off the changes to the SUV are three new safety systems. A Driver Condition Monitor alerts the driver with visual and audible warnings if the system detects signs of fatigue. The Intelligent Speed Limiter can read traffic signs for changes to the speed limit and prompts the driver to accept, at which point the vehicle will automatically slow down to the correct speed. Finally, Lane Keep Assist detects lane markings on the road and will induce gentle steering inputs to help keep everything centred, if necessary.