Land Rover has shown an innovative optional new seven passenger seating feature of the all new full-size Land Rover Discovery in an extraordinary skydiving demonstration ahead of its September 28 introduction at the Paris Motor Show.
World-renowned British adventurer and well-known Land Rover owner Bear Grylls took to the skies to put the Intelligent Seat Fold technology in the all-new Discovery to the ultimate test.
When equipped, the system allows Discovery owners to configure their vehicle seating through the Land Rover InControl Remote app on their smartphone from anywhere in the world – even in mid-air.
Having jumped from a plane with six members of the Royal Navy Parachute Display Team and freefalling at 125 mph, Bear was able to change the vehicle’s seating layout at the touch of a button on his smartphone before he had to deploy his parachute.
Once on the ground, all the skydivers were able to jump into a camouflaged prototype of the New Discovery, which comfortably seats seven full-sized adults.
When equipped with the optional Intelligent Seat Fold, this world-first technology allows the two rear rows of seats to be fully reconfigured in as little as 14 seconds via the Land Rover InControl Remote app downloaded on any iOS or Android operating system.
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The Intelligent Seat Fold technology can be activated in four different ways, including the remote function tried and tested by Bear Grylls. Closer to the ground, switches within the luggage area and on the C-pillar allow the seats to be moved or folded while standing beside the vehicle. Row two and three seats can also be raised and lowered using the main touchscreen display on the dashboard.
The Land Rover InControl Remote™ app allows customers using both iOS and Android smartphones to connect with New Discovery from anywhere in the world, making it possible to perform a variety of functions.
From confirming all the windows are closed or checking the fuel level to setting the air conditioning or monitoring its location, the advanced technology brings new levels of customer convenience and connectivity to the premium SUV market.