Text: Aurick Go / Photos: Land Rover | posted September 29, 2016 15:09
More tech and off-road capability for fifth-gen Discovery
Following the boxy LR4 Discovery, Land Rover debuts an all-new Discovery at the Paris Motor Show this year. Its all new design that takes cues from the Range Rover sits atop a new platform, along with signature Land Rover detailing, and enhanched off-road versatility.
The Discovery’s new design follows that of modern Land Rover's design language, first seen on the Evoque. The new look is a departure from the boxy shape of the previous-gen LR4 Discovery. Thanks to sculpted LED headlights that match the new grille, the new Disco carries a more streamlined look when compared to its predecessor.
The sides carry the the sleek look and a selection of 12 types of wheels will allow clients to choose a distinct look for their Discovery. Rounded up by thin LED tail lights at the back, the rear end is mostly occupied by a large one piece tailgate which, the manufacturer says, prioritizes ease of access for its users. The whole new body of the Discovery has a drag coefficient of just 0.35 Cd, a major improvement in efficiency over previous models, according to Land Rover.
As is the case with the Range Rover, the interior of the Discovery gets leather trim and various wood or aluminum accents throughout the cabin. The new interior plays host to Land Rover’s Seat Fold technology that allows for the configuration of seating arrangements in the second and third row via the center console touch screen or an app on your smart phone. For further ease of use, seats that would take the space of luggage can be folded in 12 seconds flat, thanks to a set motors.
On the powertrain end, clients may choose between a 257PS 3.0L Turbocharged Diesel V6 or a 344PS 3.0L Supercharged Petrol V6. Both engines will be mated to an eight-speed automatic.
For off-road tech, the new Discovery employs an advanced suspension architecture as well as speed-dependent electronic power steering to help traverse almost any terrain. The Range Rover’s All-Terrain Progress Control (ATPC) system finds itself in the new Disco as well. The approach angle has improved, now at 34 degrees, with the departure angle being pegged at 30 degrees as well. When these are paired with a wading depth of 873mm, you get an idea of just how competent the new Discovery can be on the road less travelled.
The Discovery’s off road features are also paired with a host of safety equipment. Adaptive cruise control, sign recognition, intelligent speed limiter, auto high beam assist, a driver condition monitor, surround camera system, as well as lane departure warning and keep systems are in place to ensure the driver’s safety.