2017 Land Rover Discovery Debuts Ahead Of Paris Motor Show

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British SUV maker Land Rover has unveiled the brand new 2017 Discover SUV on the eve of the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

The new fifth-generation Land Rover Discovery was unveiled near Land Rover's headquarters in Coventry England. Land Rover broke a Guinness World Record with the replica Tower Bridge it built for the launch.

The bridge was built using 5,805,846 LEGO bricks, beating previous record by 470,646 pieces.

The new Discovery SUV is a full-sized, three-row, seven-seat SUV that is faster, lighter,and is kinder to the environment, despite being bigger inside and out than the model it replaces.

The new Discovery is 4,970mm long (141mm longer than the previous gen), 2,220mm wide (same as the previous gen). However the roofline is 41mm lower on the new SUV which is 1,846mm tall. The new Discovery's wheelbase is 37mm longer at 2,922mm.

The 2017 Discovery has a ground clearance of 283mm (up 43mm) while a maximum wading depth of 900mm (an increase of 200mm) which along with Land Rover's off-road-tech allow the Discovery to go off the beaten path with ease.

The new SUV is also 480 kilograms lighter as Land Rover has ditched the heavy steel ladder chassis in favour of a riveted and bonded aluminium monocoque shell.

Powering the latest-generation of the Discovery are three different engine options: a turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine from Jaguar Land Rover's Ingenium lineup along with a turbo V6 diesel and a supercharged V6 petrol.

The turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium diesel produces 237bhp and 500Nm of torque, while the turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine pushes out 255bhp and 600Nm of torque.

The range-topping supercharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine cranks out 335bhp and 450Nm of torque.

All three engines are paired to an 8-speed automatic gearbox which transfers power to all four wheels through a full-time four-wheel drive system.

Design wise, the new Discovery adopts many styling cues from the Discovery Vision concept which was seen at the 2014 New York Motor Show.

However, the SUV's new design will annoy many Land Rover purists as the square jawed looks have made way for a more curvy and softer design.

Inside, owners can specify a touchscreen display as large as 10-inches along with a 4G hotspot. The infotainment system can be specified with a 17-speaker audio system from Meridian.

The usual Land Rover trim mix of wood, leather and metal is present as always. There are also nine USB ports along with four 12V charging points.

The new Land Rover Discovery will go on sale in Spring 2017 and Land Rover will introduce the new SUV with a special limited run (only 2,400 units worldwide) ‘First Edition' variant.

The ‘First Edition' Discovery SUVs will be available with exclusive features including unique etched map detailing on the aluminium trim for the doors and facia, unique badges, bold colour choices and a comprehensive list of standard equipment.

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Story first published: Thursday, September 29, 2016, 10:40 [IST]
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