It’s more of a renaissance here for Land Rover‘s mid-size SUV – the 2017 LR Discovery. Underpinning an all-new platform beneath the contemporary LR family styling, the new Discovery has been unveiled in the run up the 2016 Paris Motor Show. The world premiere event that happened yesterday saw the launch of the new car on a Lego replica of the Tower Bridge in London – world’s largest Lego structure ever built for any purpose! As grandeur as the car in itself!!
Stepping up to its fifth generation, the new Discovery sits on a new aluminium-intensive Premium Lightweight Architecture (PLA) platform, along with the 2017 Range Rover Sport and Range Rover models. The car has grown in length by 141 mm (measuring 4.97 metres), with an increased wheel-base of 38 mm, while shedding almost 480 kgs of kerb weight than the previous model. Noticeably, the design is strikingly new and more contemporary, warding-off the traditional boxy styling of the all previous Discovery models. The car looks more sophisticated and premium now, thanks to the brand’s signature grille and LED headlamp treatment, along with the neat side profile and a balanced rear design with streamlined contours of quarter windows and LED tail lamps.
On the inside, it’s all modern and refined once again with class-leading tech features and equipment levels. For instance, the Seat Fold technology syncs with the 10-inch touch-screen system or your smartphone so as to allow seating in back benches be configured. Some of the driver assist features included in the car are adaptive cruise control, a driver monitoring system, multi-func speed limiter, high beam assist, traffic sign recognition, all-round camera system, and lane assist cum departure warning.
The 2017 Discovery will sport a variety of engines (depending on the market) including the 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol unit making up 335 hp, 3.0-litre V6 turbocharged diesel with 255 hp output, and the 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder Ingenium diesel mill producing 236.62 hp of max power. A standard 8-speed automatic transmission will aid the engine to deliver power to the wheels via an all-time 4WD system. The Discovery’s off-road pedigree is well-preserved with the an improved suspension architecture and an All-Terrain Progress Control (ATPC) system.
The Discovery 5 will go on sale in the European markets by the spring season early next year, with prices ranging from £ 43,495 (INR 37.55 Lakhs) to £ 68,295 (INR 58.96 Lakhs).