2015 is a special year for Land Rover as the British manufacturer is celebrating 25 years of Discovery. Earlier this year, Land Rover introduced the XXV Special Edition anniversary model of the Discovery in order the mark the 25th anniversary.
Now, for the 2015MY, the Land Rover Discovery gives its customers the possibility to add that touch of luxury to their vehicle with the option of the distinct Ebony/Cirrus dual-tone Windsor Leather seats and the Grand Black Lacquer wood and leather-wrapped steering wheel.
There is also a new Straight Grained Walnut wood and leather steering wheel. THe exterior can be enhanced thanks to the addition of the XXV 20-inch 5-split spoke forged alloy wheels with light silver polished finish. In addition, Land Rover offers new body colours: Aruba, Kaikoura Stone and Montalcino Red, as well as a new metallic white called Yulong that will be available at a later date.
In-car technologies receive a boost thanks to the Land Rover InControl Apps, an option that brings the original look and feel of compatible smartphone apps into the vehicle. The apps are displayed and controlled from the vehicle’s touchscreen.
Still, Land Rover will offer the InControl Apps only to key markets. 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.
Land Rover will continue to expand this list with new content available every time the apps update. Customers will be able to download the InControl Apps to their smartphone from Apple App Store and Google Play.
Under the hood, there is a 3.0-liter V6 supercharged engine that delivers 340 hp (250 kW) at 6,500 rpm and 450 Nm of torque. The engine has a fuel consumption of 11.5/100 km (24.6 mpg), while combined CO2 emissions stand at 259 g/km.
The 3.0-liter TDV6 diesel engine generates 211 hp (155 kW) and has a fuel consumption of 7.8 l/100 km (36.2 mpg) in the entry level version. Land Rover also offers a more powerful version of the diesel engine that generates 256 hp (188 kW) that has a fuel consumption of 8 l/100 km (35.3 mpg).
The brand is introducing the optional Land Rover InControl Apps to a number of key markets as a complement to the existing infotainment system in the Discovery, thereby allowing the vehicle to offer the ultimate for in-car connectivity. With this new optional, compatible smartphone apps could be integrated into the vehicle without losing their convenience and familiarity as well as look and feel. These apps could be displayed and controlled from the Discovery’s touchscreen.
Land Rover InControl Apps -- developed along with some of the leading smartphone app developers in world -- is compatible with the latest smartphones powered by Apple and Android. Land Rover InControl Apps has been optimized for in-car use and comes with a number of services like satellite navigation, internet radio and location services as well as media streaming. Furthermore, this new option allows easy access to the contacts, calendar and music library of the connected smartphone.
Land Rover InControl Apps is compatible with Cityseeker, Eventseeker, Glympse, Hotelseeker, MobileDay, News on Board, Parkopedia, Stitcher and Sygic. The brand is working to expand the range of apps compatible with Land Rover InControl Apps.
Land Rover InControlTM Apps can be downloaded to smartphones from the Apple App Store for iPhone 5 units and newer, or from Google Play for Android version 4.0 and newer. Once the smartphone is linked to the vehicle's dedicated USB port, InControl Apps icon has to be tapped on the central touchscreen, allowing users to pick the desired compatible app from the menu.