Land Rover has launched the new Discovery at Rs 68.05 lakh (ex-showroom, pan India). The seven-seater premium SUV in its third generation for the Indian market has been made available in five variants with petrol and diesel powertrain options with prices going all the way up to Rs 1.03 crore for the top-spec diesel-powered variant.
The luxury SUV was first showcased at the 2014 New York Auto Show as the Discovery Vision Concept. However, the company has moved away from the traditional boxy lines of the older discoveries and gone with futuristic curves, keeping the Discovery in sync with Land Rover's new design language.
Petrol variants of the new Land Rover Discovery are powered by a 3.0-litre, V6, turbo-petrol engine with a maximum power output of 335bhp and a peak torque of 450Nm. The diesel-engined variants are powered by a 3.0-litre, V6 turbo-diesel engine putting out 255bhp and 600Nm. Both engines are part of Land Rover's new Ingenium engine family.
Power is transmitted to all four wheels via an 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox. The new Discovery features 4WD with Land Rover's Terrain Response system as an option, which includes various drive modes and settings to configure the 4-wheel-drive system of the car.
The luxury SUV has a host of features including the InControl infotainment system consisting of a 10-inch touchscreen playing sound through a six-speaker audio system, dual panoramic sunroofs, parallel-park assist, heads-up information display for the driver, Intelligent Seat Fold technology and a 360-degree camera, all as standard.
|3.0 L Petrol S||Rs 68.05 lakh|
|3.0 L Petrol SE||Rs 71.15 lakh|
|3.0 L Petrol HSE||Rs 74.23 lakh|
|3.0 L Petrol HSE Luxury||Rs 78.91 lakh|
|3.0 L Petrol First Edition||Rs 84.43 lakh|
|3.0 L Diesel S||Rs 78.37 lakh|
|3.0 L Diesel SE||Rs 85.30 lakh|
|3.0 L Diesel HSE||Rs 89.54 lakh|
|3.0 L Diesel HSE Luxury||Rs 95.47 lakh|
|3.0 L Diesel First Edition||Rs 1.03 crore|
The higher-spec HSE trim comes with InControl TouchPro infotainment system but this time with 17 speakers from Meridian, heated seats, up to nine USB ports, and four 12V charging points, an in-car 3G Wi-Fi hotspot, etc.
The 2017 Land Rover Discovery competes against the Volvo XC90, Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLE in the Indian market when compared technically. However, when the comparison is limited only to price, it targets flagship SUVs like the Audi Q7 and BMW X5.
The Indian market is one of the most important for Land Rover, not just because of the fact that it is a subsidiary of Tata, an Indian company, but also because it's products are appreciated by Indians. With such a wide variant list, going up to just above a crore, Land Rover is likely to see most of the sales for the Discovery coming from the lower variants.
It might just be worth waiting for Land Rover to launch the Range Rover Velar in India, as the prices of the top-spec variants of the new Discovery might just touch Range Rover Velar territory.