2017 Land Rover Discovery revealed in new videos
The Land Rover Discovery drifts on snow
The off-roading ability of the 2017 Land Rover Discovery has been demonstrated in new official teaser videos
The off-road ability of the 2017 Land Rover Discovery has been demonstarted in two new videos.
The first shows the car tackling off-road routes at pace, with deep water wading, steep descents down sand dunes and uneven inclines included in the footage.
The second focuses on the Discovery’s ability to function as a family vehicle, and reveals the efforts Land Rover has gone to in the pursuit of practicality.
The car maker has so far confirmed that its 2017 model will have up to nine USB ports and enough secure storage space to hide four iPads, and it’ll also use an innovative Intelligent Seat Technology system that allows users to control and fold down seats remotely using a smartphone app.
An earlier teaser image (shown lower down) of the car revealed its full front-end styling, which in true Discovery form, features high ground clearance, an imposing front grille and Range Rover-like styling.
The look marks a considerable departure from more boxy previous generations of Discovery, but closely matches the styling of the Discovery Vision concept of 2014.
Previous Spy images of the Discovery testing have suggested that it could maintain the car’s signature asymmetric boot lid, with the registration plate positioned over to one side of the car’s rear-end.
The fifth-generation Discovery will be revealed later this month before going on sale next year. It’s set to use the Land Rover’s 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engine – following the sighting of pre-production mules using this engine – while petrol and diesel 3.0-litre V6 powerplants are also mooted, stemming from Land Rover’s development of modular engine technology.
The seven-seater will also use the Range Rover’s aluminium monocoque, making it considerably lighter than its 2622kg predecessor. It is also expected to be tech-heavy – a projection of what’s underneath the car onto the bonnet is just one such system expected to feature.
Land Rover is positioning the new Discovery as much more upmarket than the current model, according to design boss Gerry McGovern. The repositioning and sharper design do not mean that the Discovery has sacrificed any of its off-road ability, though, and that the car would be “more universally appealing, without compromises”.
The Discovery family doesn’t end with the Discovery and Discovery Sport, though; the Discovery will be the largest in a three-car-plus Discovery sub-brand, much like how the Range Rover has gained the Sport and Evoque variants, as well as the upcoming coupé. Incidentally, the new Discovery will be built alongside the larger Range Rover variants in Solihull.
Chances are, that the third member of the Discovery family will be smaller than the Discovery Sport, as the growing small SUV segments continue to thrive. McGovern ruled out the possibility of a larger model.
This means that the Discovery’s current starting price of £47,495 is likely to increase and move closer to that of the next model in the line-up, the Range Rover Sport, which starts from £62,345.
The Discovery will be the first car in Land Rover’s line-up to gain an SVX variant. The SVX badge is one of three arms of Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations division. The other two are the high-performance SVR and luxury SVAutobiography arms.
In a quote accompanying the teaser shot, McGovern said: “New Discovery redefines the large SUV. Land Rover’s design and engineering teams have revolutionised the Discovery DNA a to create a highly desirable, extremely versatile and hugely capable premium SUV.”