Mild hybrid tech and new infotainment for revised Discovery
Land Rover has revised its Discovery large off-roader, with the facelifted model getting new bumpers and LED lights front and back, a larger infotainment screen running Jaguar Land Rover’s new Pivi Pro infotainment system, claimed more comfortable second-row seats and mild hybrid tech added to three of the four engines, with only the entry P300hp 2.0 petrol not getting the tech. The P360 petrol an, D250 and D300 diesels are all 3.0-litre units, with the numeric badging depicting the power levels.
The new model starts from £53,050 for the passenger versions, and the changes also apply to the Commercial derivative that accounts for around a quarter of Discovery sales.
“New Discovery is a beautifully proportioned and sophisticated premium SUV,” said Gerry McGovern, Chief Creative Officer, Jaguar Land Rover. “This compelling and versatile vehicle has been refined in every detail, enhancing its characterful exterior and hugely versatile interior to ensure the Discovery maintains its position as the most capable and family-friendly full-size SUV in the world.”
Hyundai joins Ionity EV charging network
Hyundai has joined Ionity, a joint venture between manufacturers to build a Europe-wide network of high-powered EV charging stations. Hyundai joins BMW, Mercedes, Ford and VW brands Audi and Porsche, with drivers of cars from the brands offered significant discounts on charging cost.
“With the addition of Hyundai Motor Group, we welcome aboard a committed partner with international experience in the field of electric mobility,” said Michael Hajesch, CEO of Ionity. “From today, we will jointly pursue the goal of educating people about e-mobility and promoting innovations in this area in order to make traveling with electric vehicles the new normal, especially on long journeys.”
BMW’s ‘biggest ever’ remote software upgrade
BMW has carried out what it described as the company’s “biggest ever” software upgrade with enhancements to its Operating System 7 on 750,000 vehicles globally.
Installed free of charge over the air, with when it’s available, the upgrade includes what the brand described as “new, expanded and enhanced functions” including Google Android Auto, eDrive Zone function on PHEV models and BMW Maps.
The latter is a cloud-based system that the manufacturer claimed is faster and more dynamic in its route calculations by combining real-time traffic information with forecast models. According to BMW, destination input is also more intuitive and the system offers additional information such as points of interest, and business opening hours, ratings and photos.