Land Rover unveiled its 2017 Discovery at the Paris Motor Show with a sophisticated new look.

Coming off a pretty hefty teasing campaign that even featured a cameo by celebrity survivalist Bear Grylls, Land Rover has finally lets loose its fifth-generation Discovery onto the show floors of the Paris Motors Show. An all-new design sits atop an all-new platform, and it all comes together with signature Land Rover detailing, and of course, off-road versatility.

The new look maintains the modern Land Rover design language - sleek, sophisticated, and rugged - and mostly does away with the boxy exterior found on the previous LR4 model. The new Discovery replaces that look with something a bit more sophisticated. Sculpted LED headlights and a more appealing front grille are the centerpiece of this new design. The two components mold into a more aggressive fascia that looks sleek, even next to its upscale Range Rover sibling.

That suave new design follows suit on the side panels and into the rear, with a choice of 12 different wheel designs, and more streamlined LED taillights. A one piece tailgate, meanwhile, integrates seamlessly with the body and allows for ease of use. The entire package results in a drag coefficient of just 0.35 Cd, which improves efficiency.

On the inside, a more intelligent package presents itself. A new Seat Fold technology feature allows seating in rows two and three to be configured using either the touchscreen on the central control panel, or an an app on your smartphone. Switches in the luggage compartment make the seats to fold down at the touch of a button - in fact, the entirety of the third row can be folded flat in just 12 seconds thanks to a few small, but efficient motors.

2017 Land Rover Discovery
2017 Land Rover Discovery
2017 Land Rover Discovery

Under the hood, two new engine options are available. Buyers can opt for a 254-horsepower (189-kilowatt) 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 diesel, or a 340-horsepower (253-kilowatt) 3.0-liter V6 that can race to 60 mph in just 6.9 seconds. Both options are paired to an efficient eight-speed automatic.

As with any good Rover, the Discovery builds upon its off-road roots. An advanced suspension architecture and a speed-dependent electric power-assisted steering helps traverse most any terrain. The All-Terrain Progress Control (ATPC) system trickles down from the Range Rover lineup, as does an improved approach angle of up to 34 degrees, and an improved departure angle of 30 degrees. Pair that with impressive wading abilities - up to 34.4 inches, to be exact - and the Discovery is more capable than ever.

That off-road capability is paired with loads of new safety equipment. Things like adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, an intelligent speed limiter, auto high beam assist, a driver condition monitor, a surround camera system, a lane departure warning system, and lane keep assist.

Of course, all those features do come at a price. The base Land Rover Discovery SE with a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 starts at $49,990. Opt for the HSE trim, and that same engine with a few more features will set you back $56,950. The turbo diesel option in the same trim is slightly more expensive at $58,950, while the HSE Luxury trim is even more expensive than that at $63,950 (gas) and $65,950 (diesel), respectively.

But in celebration of the Discovery’s modern revival, Land Rover is offering a First Edition trim at a cost of $73,950. That version features the same 3.0-liter supercharged V6 with 340 horsepower (253 kilowatts), and will be built in limited numbers of just 500 examples for the U.S. Things like an etched map detailing on the interior, Namib Orange and black grille detailing, and unique badges will separate this edition from the standard crop.

Source: Land Rover





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