Car News 29 Sep 2016

The new Land Rover Discovery unveiled

The new generation Land Rover Discovery has been fully revealed at the Paris Motor Show. The new model has sleeker styling and is packed with advanced technology.

The seven seat SUV features a host of improvements, combing style and practicality. The new model is taller, slimmer and a massive 480kg lighter than the out-going model. The new aluminium platform helps with weight savings, performance and efficiency.

The styling is softer and more curved, similar to the recent JLR Range Rover designs. The car’s wheelbase is longer, providing more room and comfort for the passengers. The Discovery features a stepped roof to accommodate the seven seat layout. The boot capacity ranges from 2406 litres with all rear seats folded to 258 litres with all seats in place.

The new model comes in a choice of 3 engines: a new 2.0-litre 4-cylinder SD4 turbo diesel, a 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel and a 3.0-litre supercharged V6 petrol engine. The new 4 cylinder Ingenium diesel produces 237bhp and is capable of 0-62mph in 8.3 seconds. The supercharged V6 petrol is still the most powerful, producing 335bhp. All three engines are linked to the same eight–speed ZF automatic transmission. The new model features a wide-spaced double wishbone suspension setup and comes standard with air suspension which raises and lowers the ride height.

New technology includes JLR’s latest inControl Touch Pro 10-inch touchscreen display in the cabin, a waterproof Activity Wristband key, 3G Wi-Fi for 8 devices and smart phone or tablet controlled seat configuration technology. 9 USB points and 4 12 volt charging points are optional.

The new Discovery has a 3.5-tonne towing capacity and an electrically deployable towbar. The car comes standard with advanced tow assist hitch assist, and features semi-autonomous technology including Park Assist, Autonomous Emergency Braking and Blind Spot Assist.

The new Discovery will go on sale Spring 2017. Pricing starts at £43,495 for the S trim, £49,495 for SE, £56,995 for HSE and £62,695 for HSE Luxury. The first 600 cars will be specified to First Edition trim with added technology, 22-inch alloys and black accents for the interior and exterior, costing £68,295.

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