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.
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.
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Gallery: 2017 Land Rover Discovery
An All-New Discovery Design
The fifth generation Land Rover Discovery combines a radical new exterior design with a highly versatile interior that’s capable of seating up to seven full size adults(1). The result is a revolutionary full-size SUV that brings new levels of sophistication, desirability, capability and versatility to the Discovery family. Originally previewed with the 2014 Discovery Vision Concept, the latest Discovery model incorporates key elements of the model’s DNA as established within the Land Rover brand. Inside, the all-new Discovery incorporates intelligent new packaging solutions which ensure the driver and passenger are more comfortable than ever before, and are afforded plenty of space for all their gear.
Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Chief Design Officer said: “The Discovery Vision Concept set the tone, alluding to a radical departure in design for the new Discovery family. Now, we have turned that concept into a production reality, this beautifully proportioned vehicle is a highly versatile family SUV that makes a compelling statement to our customers.”
While the all-new Discovery looks very different, it is still unmistakably a Discovery. Sophisticated surfaces and optimized proportions combine with beautiful detailing and precision manufacturing to create a highly capable and versatile SUV with a more evocative design than ever before.
Fans of previous generations of the Discovery model line will instantly recognize the distinctive stepped roofline, which has identified each of the four previous generations of Discovery and provides an elegant solution to a practical interior occupant spacing need.
At the front, the sculpted surfaces, jewel-like headlamps and the raked windshield on the all-new Discovery break with the model’s tradition, while the daytime running lamps deliver a modern appearance and a distinctive new light signature.
In profile, the side of the new model highlights the optimized volumes and proportions of the Discovery; the wheelarch design echoes Discovery Sport, with its distinctive castellations visually ‘locking’ the wheelarches to the vehicle body. The new form language features pronounced, yet smoothly contoured wheelarches, giving the all-new Discovery at both times a more planted and dynamic appearance.
The streamlined design ensures the all-new Discovery is the most aerodynamic Discovery yet, with a drag coefficient from 0.35 contributing to improved efficiency and NVH reductions.
At the back, the LED rear lamps have a horizontal emphasis, giving the Discovery a more sporty appearance. Breaking from the last four generations of Discovery design, the all-new model features a new one-piece tailgate that allows for a more sporting rear design that would not have been possible with the previous split arrangement. The new tailgate’s rounded profile integrates seamlessly with the body sides and provides a number of practical benefits.
- The larger opening makes loading and unloading luggage easier than before.
- The larger tailgate provides improved shelter from the elements when raised.
- A carefully shaped rear spoiler – honed in the wind tunnel – which has also been integrated into the tailgate, plays a significant role in minimizing dirt accumulation on the rear glass, optimizing rear visibility without compromising aerodynamic performance.
Massimo Frascella, Creative Director Exterior, said: “The all-new Discovery is a design revolution for the Discovery family. Compared to the LR4 the taut bodywork of the Discovery highlights the improved interior volume and exterior proportions that deliver a premium SUV. We have incorporated key elements of existing Discovery DNA, such as the stepped roof line and distinctive C-pillar design, and refined them for the 21st Century ensuring it is still clearly recognizable as a Discovery.”
The all-new Discovery is available with optional adaptive LED headlamp technology(4). The jewel-like LED units create a unique lamp signature that closely follows the bold design previewed by the Discovery Vision Concept. On all trim levels, this includes distinctive daytime running lights with ‘lightpipe’ elements, which turn from white to amber when the turn signals are used.
An extensive choice of 18 different exterior paint options are available for the all-new Discovery; they include, Namib Orange, Silicon Silver, Fuji White, Santorini Black, Corris Grey, Indus Silver, Loire Blue, Aintree Green, Firenze Red, Scotia Grey, Kaikoura Stone, Montalcino Red, Yulong White, Farallon Black, Waitomo Grey, Carpathian Grey, Aruba and Narvik Black). Owners also have the option of specifying a Black or Grey contrast roof, providing an additional level of personalization.
Across the range of trim levels, for the first time, owners have a choice of 12 alloy wheel designs ranging from 19- to 22- inches. An optional full-sized spare wheel mounted under the body at the rear can also be specified.
In addition, a comprehensive range of accessories have been designed to integrate seamlessly with the new model, including, all-weather floormats, towing and off-road accessories, optional roof bars and a variety of roof rack attachments for bikes, storage and water sports.
Key Design Features
Rather than the evolutionary change of previous Discovery models like the LR3 and LR4, the dramatic design of the allnew Discovery represents a radical departure from previous models. Even with the all-new design, the fifth generation model retains established Discovery DNA. The trademark stepped roof and highly visible C-pillar are inspired by Discovery models of the past. The C-pillar design in particular gives the profile of the new vehicle additional drama and is a shared design cue for the whole Discovery family, including the smaller Discovery Sport.
The customary stepped roof is synonymous with previous generations of Discovery; it allows for impressive headroom in the third row of seats while a choice of panoramic roof options is designed to establish a feeling of space and light inside- – bringing the outside in.
The fixed panoramic design in the rear includes two separate sections – the largest glass area ever for a Land Rover roof – while upfront there’s an opening section that accommodates both tilt-and-slide functions. Twin independently electrically controlled sunblinds provide shade and privacy when required to either the front or rear occupants.
Elegant side fender vents incorporate a horizontal, blade-like treatment that flows into the new model’s ‘V’-grooved feature line; another strong cue of the Discovery family. While the tailgate design has changed to a one-piece opening, the asymmetric mounting of the licence plate in it is a visual link to Discovery models of the past. Once the one-piece tailgate has opened, an innovative new optional 11-inch Powered Inner Tailgate delivers the enhanced versatility Land Rover has become best known for.
When equipped, this clever design solution includes an additional fold-down panel inside the rear load space that fits snugly against the tailgate when shut. It can be used to retain luggage when the tailgate is opened, or folded down to provide event seating and easy access to the large rear load area.
Designed From the Inside Out
The all-new Discovery is a tour de force of modern design and quality materials, and was engineered with a laser-like focus on the application of advanced technologies. The design and engineering teams at Land Rover have produced a full-size SUV interior that provides improved space and versatility by careful analysis and optimization of every aspect of its design.
Mark Butler, Creative Director Interior, said: “The revolutionary exterior in the all-new Discovery encases a sophisticated, versatile and spacious interior. The central infotainment and climate control panels are highly refined, intersected by a strong vertical pillar that’s both clean and customer friendly. This is a prominent interior design cue of the Discovery family. The precise finishes and use of premium materials throughout are designed to give customers a relaxing experience and accommodate the intuitive use of advanced technology under the skin.”
Inside, strong vertical elements intersect the crossbeam of the dashboard and clearly define the uncluttered central dash console design. The console features minimal switchgear which is designed to remain intuitive and reduce driver distraction. Configurable ambient lighting and the availability of contrast stitching give a luxurious, crafted feel to the entire cabin.
A wide choice of material finishes are available throughout, including premium Windsor leather and Natural Shadow Oak veneers; the interior is available in a choice of five colorways(3) including Ebony, Acorn, Nimbus, Vintage Tan and Glacier.
These high quality materials combine with the clever use of technology to deliver a unique blend of design excellence and engineering integrity for the all-new Discovery. The intersection of design and engineering is perhaps best expressed by the new optional Land Rover Intelligent Seat Fold function(2).
The clever system allows owners to reconfigure the second and third row seats(2) using switches just inside the tailgate, on the C-pillar, via the infotainment touchscreen(8), or even remotely using a smartphone(5).
Versatility as Standard
The designers and engineers at Land Rover have maximized every spare inch of space to provide additional storage spaces throughout the interior. Their addiction to storage is demonstrated by the significant increase in stowage space over the LR4 available for front passengers, including:
- Upper (85.4 cu. in.) and lower (67.1 cu. in.) instrument panel stowage
- Upper (293 cu. in.) and lower (421 cu. in.) glove boxes
- Front (373.3 cu. in.), mid (341.7 cu. in.) and rear (73.2 cu. in.) center console stowage
- Row 3 cubby boxes – 158.6 cu. in. in total
- Door stowage areas (front and rear, upper and lower) – 891 cu. in. in total
- Under luggage floor stowage – 4.5 cu. ft. (on five seat models)
The thoughtful touches extend to the climate control panel on the central console, which includes small-item stowage. The gloss black fold-down panel reveals 85 cu. in. of hidden stowage space for smaller items such as a smartphone or wallet, while another storage area in the center console (below the cup holders) can accommodate four tablet computers or a pair of two-liter beverage containers. The central armrest can hold up to five tablet computers or accommodate an optional freezer / chiller compartment.
Even the bag hook – introduced on the original Discovery – has been reinvented for the new model. The new pushoperated design on the side of the transmission tunnel in the front passenger footwell sits flush with the surrounding surface. Pushing against its spring-loaded surround exposes the hook and, when released, tightly secures the carrier bag handles to ensure the contents remain upright.
Elsewhere, both front and rear passengers benefit from a large lower storage space that can accommodate 2-liter beverage containers.
Further storage solutions include double map pockets on the rear of the driver and front passenger seats. Occupants traveling in the third row seats haven’t been forgotten; individual storage areas on top of the rear side panels are available with a USB charging point, while cupholders are located to the side of the seat cushions in row three(1).
A total of up to six 12V sockets and as many as seven USB charging points (up to nine when the rear seat entertainment package is fitted) across all three rows of seats ensure the all-new Discovery can comfortably cope with the demands of the most connected passengers, allowing them to power their smartphone or tablet simultaneously with an extensive combination of power supply options.
Usable Space for Seven Adults
The all-new Discovery measures 195.7 in. long, 87.4 in. wide (mirrors out) and 72.7 in. tall, making it 5.5 in. longer, but 1.6 in lower than the outgoing LR4. Its 115.1 in. wheelbase has increased by 1.5 in., creating generous interior space, while the compact design of the advanced integral-link rear suspension system helps minimize body intrusion and maximize interior space.
The second-row seats can slide forwards and backwards by 6.3 in., allowing owners to optimize luggage space and rear legroom as required, as well as improve access to the third row(1).
The trademark stadium seating in the Discovery is accommodated by its distinctive stepped roof which ensures all but the tallest passengers enjoy excellent forward visibility and comfort in each of the three rows(1). The rearmost seats have been designed to accommodate 95th percentile adults (74.8 in. tall), so comfort is assured in every seat.
Heated seats are available in the front, middle and the third row, while a total of four ISOFIX mounting points make it possible to fit child safety seats in the rearmost row(12). Up front, heated and cooled climate seats with a massage function and 16-way adjustment are also available.
For customers who do not require the added versatility provided by folding third-row seats, the all-new Discovery comes standard in a five-seat configuration.