Land Rover Discovery Owners & Service Manuals

Land Rover Discovery: Opening and closing the Powered tailgate

Land Rover Discovery (2009–2016) Owner's Manual / Entering the vehicle / Opening and closing the Powered tailgate

Before operating the tailgate, make sure anyone in the vicinity does not have any part of their body in a position where it could be trapped. Note that the 'soft-close' action does not incorporate object detection.

Death or serious injury could occur, even with an object detection system. While the tailgate is open, the locking platform and latch are exposed.

Do not manually close the latch as it may also automatically 'soft-close' and trap items or body parts.

Make sure there is sufficient space above and at the rear of the vehicle, before operating the tailgate.

Insufficient opening space may result in damage to the vehicle.

Do not operate the tailgate if a cycle rack is fitted to the tailgate.

Remove any cycles and/or racks before operating the tailgate.

Opening and closing the Powered tailgate

  1. Tailgate open/close: Press to open, stop, reverse direction or close the tailgate.
  2. Tailgate close: Press to close/stop the tailgate.

Note: The tailgate external release operates if all of the doors are unlocked and the gear selector is in the Park (P) position. If the gear selector is in the Neutral (N) position, the external release operates only if all of the doors are unlocked, and the ignition is in Convenience mode or switched off. It will not operate if the gear selector is in any other position.

The powered tailgate can also be opened or closed using the following methods:

  • The interior tailgate release switch.
  • The Smart key tailgate release button.

Note: The tailgate will not open if the vehicle is travelling at, or above, approximately 5 km/h (3mph).

After the tailgate has opened to its set height, it can be manually raised or lowered. If the tailgate fails to open or close correctly, close it manually and then press the tailgate release switch again.

As the closing tailgate approaches the closed position, it 'soft closes' to the fully closed position. If the vehicle was previously locked, the alarm re-arms. The hazard warning lamps flash to confirm the alarm status. An audible confirmation may also be given.

Note: If a tailgate switch is pressed while the tailgate is opening or closing, all movement stops. However, if a button is pressed during the 'soft close' stage, it will be ignored.

Object detection while opening: If an object is detected that would interfere with the tailgate opening, tailgate movement stops. Remove any obstructions and press the tailgate switch again to open.

Object detection while closing: If an object is detected that would interfere with a tailgate closing, tailgate movement stops and then reverses to the fully open position, if able to do so. An audible warning is given to indicate a mislock.

Remove any obstructions and if the tailgate is open, press the tailgate switch again to close the tailgate. If the tailgate is not open, press a tailgate release switch to open the tailgate and then remove any obstructions. Once the obstructions have been removed, press the tailgate close switch to close the tailgate.

Note: If a valid Smart key cannot be detected within 1 m of the rear of the vehicle, the tailgate will not power close.

An audible warning sounds to indicate a mislock.

If the Smart key is inadvertently left inside the loadspace and the vehicle is locked and the alarm set, an audible warning sounds to indicate a mislock and the tailgate re-opens after approximately three seconds. The Smart key may not be detected if it is placed within a metal container, or if it is shielded by a device with a back-lit LCD screen, such as a smart phone, laptop (including when inside a laptop bag), games console, etc.

If the tailgate is closed manually, the vehicle searches for a valid Smart key. If no Smart key can be found within 1m of the rear of the vehicle, or a Smart key remains inside the vehicle, an audible warning sounds to indicate a mislock and the tailgate re-opens after approximately three seconds.

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