7 Interesting Features on the New Land Rover Discovery

The Land Rover Discovery returns in 2017 and the new SUV was recently unveiled at the Paris Motor Show.

The fifth-generation Discovery will replace the LR4, so here’s a look at seven of the most interesting features on the new model.


2018 Land Rover Discovery

Many drivers probably don’t think of the Discovery as a towing-friendly rig, but since the Discovery has a reputation for being just as capable off-road as on, it’s clear that the company does.

The new Disco will not only offer a stout 8,201-pound towing capacity, but it will follow in the footsteps of a few other trucks and SUVs by offering a towing-assist system to help drivers get their trailers lined up correctly.

Off-Road Tech


The modern Disco may have swapped out the boxy design on the first Discovery in favor of a more rounded profile, but the new model still keeps trail capability a priority. For one, off-roaders will be happy to see ground clearance for the new model is rated at 11.1-inches. To aid in off-road traction, Land Rover relies on its multi-mode Terrain Response 2 system in the new SUV, which will adjust everything from throttle sensitivity to gear change characteristics depending on the conditions. The All-Terrain Progress Control (ATPC) is another feature that can be programmed to a particular crawl speed so the driver can focus steering around and over obstacles without worrying about the throttle or brake pedal.

Engine Options


The Discovery will be offered with a 3.0-liter 340-horsepower supercharged V6 engine that carries over from the LR4 model. The new model will also be offered with a new 254-horsepower turbocharged diesel V6, which is rated to offer an impressive 443 pound-feet of torque (which will no doubt help in the towing department).

Seats Controlled by Smartphone


Apple iPhone and Android users will be able to configure the interior seating arrangement – the Discovery seats up to seven – via their smartphones, thanks to a piece of tech called Intelligent Seat Fold. Imagine being able to fold/slide/arrange seats as needed to accommodate your passengers with your phone instead of struggling to move the seats yourself. Seems pretty handy, no?

In-Car Device Support and Connectivity


Most vehicles have USB ports for cellphone connections and charging, but few have up to nine, though, or six 12-volt outlets. The Discovery will also offer a 3G wireless hotspot for up to eight devices. That means the Discovery will have all your connectivity needs covered.

Door-to-Door Navigation


Sometimes, getting the car to a destination isn’t enough – you have to walk awhile after you park. The 2017 Land Rover Discovery will be able to send directions to a paired smartphone so that the phone can provide door-to-door directions to help a driver or passenger get the rest of the way on foot.

Activity Key


One of the reasons to hit the trail is to participate in outdoor activities once parked. The Activity Key is a waterproof wristband that allows drivers to leave the standard key inside in car. The wristband disables the standard key and is used to lock and unlock the Discovery, letting the owner roam free without having to worry about where they put their keys.

This article originally appeared on Off-Road.com