The Ultimate Towing Test

Land Rover once again put one of its infamous SUVs to test this month, with the Discovery Sport hauling three luxury train carriages weighing 108 tons along a railway track in demonstration of its impressive towing capability.

This spectacular feat took place at Museumsbahn Stein am Rhein in Switzerland, crossing the River Rhine on the  Hemishofen bridge – a historic landmark 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 stunt was something of a re-creation of the feat the same company achieved in 1989 when the first-generation Discovery pulled a train of cars in Plymouth, UK. Only this time Land Rover did without the Disco I’s low-range gearbox. Instead, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine rated at 177 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque, is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission, and assisted by high-tech gadgetry including semi-autonomous All Terrain Progress Control and Tow Assist systems.

Land Rover has introduced game-changing technologies that help take the stress out of towing for our customers, and although we wouldn’t recommend trying any of these stunts at home, it’s impressive just the same to see what the Discovery Sport is capable of.


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“Tile” by Land Rover

The 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport is the premium SUV that never forgets, thanks to the world-first integration of Tile’s advanced tracking app!

Land Rover is the first to incorporate this ground-breaking technology that will help you find your lost items.   The app uses Tile tags, which are tiny Bluetooth trackers that can be attached to important items such as your keys and wallet, and is 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, call or visit Land Rover Frisco and one of our friendly team members will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Evoque Updated + Limited Edition

Land Rover is celebrating the more than 500,000 Range Rover Evoques sold, by introduced enhanced technology, increased customer choice and an exquisite Limited Edition.

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. To further enhance the global appeal of the sector defining vehicle, Land Rover is introducing the stunning “Ember” edition, complete with a bold red and black theme adding an individual touch for customers wanting an even more distinctive design.

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

The red and black themed “Ember” Limited Edition builds on the attributes of the Range Rover Evoque HSE Dynamic with striking exterior and interior details.  A distinctive Firenze Red roof contrasts with the Santorini Black body color and is complemented by matching exterior design elements, including the front and rear tow eye covers and Satin Black 20-inch alloy wheels.

Phil Simmons, Land Rover’s Studio Director for Exterior Design Realisation 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.”

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.