Now that the Paris Motor Show is underway, we get a sneak preview of what to expect in 2017. One of the most talked about releases is the all-new Land Rover Discovery.
The new fifth-generation Land Rover Discovery is set for release in the UK in Spring 2017 with the entry-level model available for £43,495. The newer model boasts a more sophisticated, softer-edged look, brining it in line with the Discovery Sport.
Land Rover has opted for aluminium construction on the new Discovery, reducing the car by around 480kg. In return, the new model has additional safety kits, greater soundproofing, plusher materials and is considerably cleaner than its predecessors.
The Discovery range has a good reputation for its off-roading capabilities and the new model is no exception with Land Rover claiming the vehicle to be even more able in poor conditions. A blend of air suspension, double-wishbone front suspension and an integral link at the rear means ground clearance can be increased where necessary up to 283mm. All Terrain Progress Control Technology and a two-speed transfer box come as standard on all editions, allowing low-range gears for problematic off-road manoeuvres.
In keeping with tradition Land Rover have maintained the Discovery’s appeal as a towing vehicle with a few new features. Advanced Tow Assist can reverse a horsebox, trailer or caravan into a space with the driver using just a rotary controller and the pedals. A trailer light test ‘pusles’ trailer lights from inside the vehicle, allowing the driver to check they’re working without another person’s assistance.
The vehicle will be sold as a seven-seat model only in the UK. The models boot capacity has increased and the seats have been reconfigured to provide more cabin space and storage. ISOfix child seat mounting points are in the second and third rows and all but the front seats can be altered electronically using the main touchscreen in the dashboard or the smartphone app. The new infotainment system links your smartphone apps so they can be used through the main display and includes a WIFI hotspot for up to eight devices.
Land Rover has introduced a ‘First Edition’ model priced at £68,295. This model is based on HSE luxury and adds etched map detailing on the door and dashboard trim, more extensive exterior colour choices, unique badging and a more substantial list of standard kit.