Land Rover has unveiled the all-new Discovery on the eve of the Paris motor show.
Previewed by the 2014 Discovery Vision Concept, the new Discovery combines a refreshed exterior design with a three-row, seven-seat interior.
The fifth-generation model measures 4,970 mm long, 2,220 mm wide and 1,846 mm tall, making it 141 mm longer but both narrower and lower than before. Its 2,923 mm wheelbase has increased by 38 mm, leading to more cabin space on the inside.
The more streamlined exterior design also means the new model is the most aerodynamic Discovery yet, with a drag coefficient from 0.33.
“The taut bodywork highlights the optimised volume and proportions that deliver a premium SUV,” says Massimo Frascella, the new Discovery’s exterior design boss. “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 recognisable as a Discovery.”
The new SUV also benefits from Land Rover’s latest aluminium monocoque architecture, which is claimed to save 480 kg compared to the out-going model’s steel ladder construction.
In terms of power, the car gets a range of four and six cylinder petrol and diesel engines, all paired with a ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox.
The entry-level twin-turbo Sd4 Ingenium four-cylinder diesel produces 237 bhp with 369 lb-ft of torque and fuel economy of 43.5 mpg and CO2 emissions of 171 g/km.
There’s also a 335 bhp supercharged petrol 3.0-litre V6, the Si6, which provides 332 lb-ft of torque.
Practical features include a 3,500 kg towing capacity as well as 2,406 litres of luggage space.
The new Discovery is expected to go on sale from spring 2017.
Source: Land Rover