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New Discovery shows off high-tech seats
Bear Grylls tweaks his Discovery's seating while in a 125mph skydiving descent...
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Ah, more teasing!

Indeed, we did warn you to expect plenty more from Land Rover before it reveals it new Discovery in full on September 28. This time around we get a glimpse at the new SUV's seven-seat cabin, but Land Rover being Land Rover, it couldn't just be a few snaps and a 360-degree video.

How so?

Well, Bear Grylls, the world-famous adventurer, was drafted in to demonstrate one of the Discovery's unique new features from his smartphone. While plummeting to Earth with six members of the Royal Navy Parachute Display Team and freefalling at 125mph.

You what?

You see the new Discovery premieres Land Rover's Intelligent Seat Fold technology, which allows owners to remotely configure the seven-seat cabin to their needs using the InControl Remote app on a smartphone. Even if skydiving, apparently.

Seems a little OTT, right?

Maybe a tad, especially as it's possible to alter the seating using buttons in the back of the new Discovery or within the touchscreen interface up front, but the InControl Remote app has other functions, such as checking fuel and door lock status from afar and even setting up the air conditioning. Alex Heslop, Land Rover's Chief Engineer for Discovery, said: "This unique feature sets the New Discovery apart from any other vehicle. The fact that owners can change the seating while doing things like queuing with their shopping is a true milestone in convenience delivered through technological innovation."

Right, did Mr Grylls have anything to add?

But of course: "Land Rover is proving why the New Discovery is the ultimate family SUV. The fact that they have created this world-first Intelligent Seat Fold technology is impressive in itself and for the remote function to work while we are freefalling from a plane is pretty cool!

"I'm not sure many people will be using it in such a manner but the technology to operate the car remotely in this way will undoubtedly be a real winner for busy families who want to be prepared."

Shane O' Donoghue - 7 Sep 2016

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