Guest Contributor | May 16, 2017 | 0
New Discovery arrives in mid 2017
The Land Rover parent company in the United Kingdom this week announced that the new Discovery will reach southern Africa by the middle of next year.
“The New Discovery is highly desirable with unrivalled capability and technology like no other. It has been designed from the outset to enable Land Rover customers to live the lifestyle they aspire to. The result is the best family SUV in the world” Land Rover UK claimed.
The New Land Rover Discovery is a full-sized, three-row, seven-seat SUV with unbeatable capability and versatility. It embodies Land Rover’s drive to go Above and Beyond, combining British desirability with an unstoppable spirit of adventure.
Its flexible interior provides seven full-sized adult seats, instantly configurable from a smartphone using the world’s first remote Intelligent Seat Fold technology.
The new Discovery has been refined by selecting the best genetics of its predecessors over the past 26 years. Its premium interior combines leading design with durable, high-quality materials and space for the whole family.
Land Rover said, like its siblings, it is “unstoppable on all surfaces, all terrains and in all weathers.”
Its full-sized SUV architecture delivers world-beating all-terrain capability, backed by its lightweight, 480 kg aluminium construction. It can tow up to 3500kg.
Inside, it offers 2500 litre luggage space with many clever storage compartments and cubby holes.
Its digital outlets comprise of nine USB ports, six 12-volt charging points and a 3G WiFi hotspot for up to eight devices.
At the Pretoria launch this week, Land Rover SA said the fifth-generation model benefits from Land Rover’s strong, safe and light full-size SUV architecture, delivering comfort and adaptability like no other.
“The New Discovery redefines the large SUV. Land Rover’s design and engineering teams have revolutionised the Discovery DNA to create a highly desirable, extremely versatile and hugely capable premium SUV,” said Gerry McGovern, Land Rover’s Chief Design Officer. “We truly believe the result is a radical departure in design that will introduce the Discovery family to a new, wider customer base.”
“Design creates an emotional connection between our customers and our vehicles. Our clear design strategy means our vehicles are instantly recognisable and communicate the values of Land Rover that our customers love,” said McGovern.
“New Discovery’s flawless volume and proportions, sophisticated surfaces and precise detailing beautifully combine with engineering integrity to create a premium SUV that will resonate with today’s customers.”
Alongside the spacious and flexible seating layout, the other key to New Discovery’s superior versatility is Jaguar Land Rover’s InControl Touch Pro infotainment system. The intuitive set-up features a large 10-inch touchscreen positioned high on the centre console, enabling Land Rover’s designers to reduce the number of switches on the centre console by a third, delivering a clean and uncluttered appearance.
Ground clearance is rated at 283mm (up 43mm) while a maximum wading depth of 900mm (an increase of 200mm) puts Discovery in a class of its own, providing unrivalled confidence when tackling both waterlogged tracks and flooded roads.
A comprehensive suite of off-road driving technologies ensures New Discovery’s supreme all-terrain capability is easy to access for even inexperienced drivers.
The New Discovery is powered by Jaguar Land Rover’s efficient and powerful six cylinder petrol and diesel engines, all paired with a smooth and responsive ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox.
The 6-cylinder diesel power comes from the 190kW Td6, which delivers 600Nm of torque for strong performance, pulling power and efficiency.
For petrol customers, Land Rover’s advanced 250kW supercharged petrol 3.0-litre V6, the Si6, provides 450Nm of torque to deliver relaxed performance and capability.