Land Rover unveils 2017 Discovery

Land Rover unveils 2017 Discovery
Land Rover unveils 2017 Discovery

Fifth-generation SUV sleeker, lighter, more luxurious and more efficient than ever before

Land Rover has released the latest version of its seminal Discovery SUV.

The fifth incarnation of the seven-seat model, which will go on sale early next spring, is new from the ground up, and it’s sleeker, bigger and better than anything that’s gone before it.

It has a brand new monocoque platform which promises superior dynamics and optimised cabin space, as well as a new range of faster, more efficient engines including a new 237bhp, 171g/km 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium diesel.

“The new Discovery represents a massive shift in design terms from the current one. But I think we’ve managed it without losing the essence of its practicality, capability and versatility.”

Gerry McGovern

The newcomer takes its styling cues from the Discovery Vision concept that debuted at the 2014 New York motor show. Gone are the previous squared-off looks, to be replaced by sleek and curvaceous lines. Design boss Gerry McGovern said: “The new Discovery represents a massive shift in design terms from the current one. But I think we’ve managed it without losing the essence of its practicality, capability and versatility.”

Thanks to the use of a new riveted and bonded aluminium monocoque shell, as seen across the rest of the Jaguar and Land Rover ranges, there’s a 20% weight saving over the outgoing car. It facilitates a spacious new cabin, which retains a three-row layout for seven adults, with power-operated seats controlled via the fascia’s 10.0in touchscreen, controls inside the tailgate opening or a smartphone app. At the rear is a generous boot, with a top-hinged, powered tailgate and powered loading platform.

The new platform means the newcomer is longer and lower yet has higher ground clearance than before, and its all-independent self-levelling air-suspension can be dropped by up to 40mm.

In addition to the new Ingenium four-cylinder diesel, there’s a 255bhp 3.0 V6 diesel and a supercharged 355bhp 3.0-litre petrol V6 that returns 26.0mpg and 0-60mph in 6.9sec. All are paired with an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission and the Terrain Response 2 system, which monitors road and driving conditions. Autonomous emergency braking is standard across the board.

There are four equipment levels – S, SE, HSE and HSE Luxury – and launch prices range from £43,495 to £65,695. The range-topper has nine USB ports, four 12V charging points, in-car 3G wi-fi hotspot and top-flight infotainment.

When the Discovery arrives in the spring, the first 600 will wear high-spec launch-edition insignia, while a special Dynamic Design Pack will boast leather trim, sports wheels and pedals, privacy glass and special colours with a contrasting roof.

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