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2017 Land Rover Discovery – Driven

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  • Land Rover Discovery – Driven
  • Year:
    2017
  • Make:
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  • Engine:
    V6
  • Transmission:
    Eight-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    340
  • MPG(Cty):
    16
  • MPG(Hwy):
    21
  • Torque @ RPM:
    332
  • Energy:
    Supercharged
  • Displacement:
    3.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    7.5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    130 mph (Est.)
  • Layout:
    Front Engine, 4WD
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[The] Disco is back, baby!

The Land Rover Discovery is one of the most iconic vehicles on the planet. Next to a Jeep CJ/Wrangler and the original Volkswagen Beetle, most folks can identify the Discovery in a lineup. Beginning in 1989, four generations of Discos have explored the far-flung reaches of earth and tackled city traffic on every continent, well, save for Antarctica – and that’s only because there’s a stark shortage of traffic down there. Here in the States, the Series I Discovery made its debut in 1994, followed by the Series II in 1999. Land Rover introduced an all-new model for 2004, known in North America as the LR3. This model lasted until 2016, with its 2009-facelift getting the LR4 name. But for 2017, the Discovery has undergone its biggest change yet.

Gone is the body-on-frame design and generous use of steel. Rather than this typical SUV recipe, Land Rover borrowed from its Range Rover line. An aluminum-intensive, unibody architecture replaces the boxy frame, helping the fifth-generation Disco shed nearly 1,000 pounds while adding structural rigidity. Not a terrible trade-off, eh? That’s especially true considering the 2017 Discovery is more capable off-road thanks to improved approach, break-over, and departure angles, combined with 1.7-inches of extra ground clearance and a whopping 7.8-inches of extra water fording depth. Add to that the Disco’s vastly improved on-road characteristics, and it’s clear Land Rover’s decision to adopt 21st-century technology paid off big time.

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2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport Landmark Edition

2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport Landmark Edition

Diesel power only

Introduced in 2014 as a replacement for the Freelander, the Land Rover Discovery Sport needs only a few years to become the fastest-selling Land Rover of all time. The crossover’s popularity prompted Land Rover to create a range of special-edition models, the latest of which is called the Landmark Edition and it’s available for the 2018 model year.

Another reason why Land Rover chose the Discovery Sport to be the designated nameplate for special-edition model is because it was also the first model to be built on the company’s 70th birthday on 30 April. The vehicle will thus be used to support a number of projects in 2018, starting with a community resilience project in Scotland. The Landmark Edition adds unique color and trim combinations to the popular crossover, pairing them with a powerful version of the 2.0-liter Ingenium diesel engine. Let’s find out more about it below.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Land Rover Discovery SVX

Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Land Rover Discovery SVX

It’s the customized, off-road Discovery that you want for all your on- and off-road adventures!

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2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport

2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport

Preparing the next generation

Land Rover is apparently working on the next generation of Discovery Sport. It comes a bit early since the current model has only been out since 2015 and the next generation isn’t expected until 2020 at the earliest. Then again, automakers need plenty of lead time in building a new model. Spy shots were gathered of a test mule driving along European streets and tale-tell signs of change are seen hidden within the bodywork.

Nothing official is known about the next-generation Discovery Sport at this point, though Land Rover will likely strive for better fuel economy with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain, expanded diesel options, improved driving characteristics, and a more luxurious interior – all while still being the smallest and least-expensive vehicle in Land Rover’s fleet.

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Land Rover Discovery Turbodiesel Pulls 121-Ton, Seven-Trailer Semi Truck

Land Rover Discovery Turbodiesel Pulls 121-Ton, Seven-Trailer Semi Truck

This Australian road train is 234,284 pounds OVER the Discovery’s max tow rating!

Land Rover wants you to know its fifth-generation Discovery SUV is capable – so capable, in fact, that it can flat-tow a semi truck with seven trailers weighing a total of 121 tons a distance of 10 miles. Is this a publicity stunt that’s well beyond what anybody would attempt in their luxury SUV? Of course. But, Land Rover’s point is that the Discovery and its 3.0-liter V-6 turbodiesel Td6 are built to do the extremes. Even with the marketing hype, I can say I’m honestly impressed.

This sort of extreme towing test isn’t new. Land Rover had done similar feats before, as had other automakers like Volkswagen, Porsche, and Toyota – not to mention Chevrolet, Ford, and Ram. Nevertheless, these demonstrations show the importance of low-end torque and traction. Obviously, the Discovery Td6 has plenty of both. Its turbodiesel makes 443 pound-feet of torque that’s routed to all four wheels through a two-speed transfer case with low-range gears. The torque-multiplying transfer case is key to making 443 pound-feet do the work of the semi truck’s turbodiesel engine and its 2,200 pound-feet of torque. The Disco’s use of low range also explains why it topped out at 27 mph. Keep in mind, the Discovery Td6 is rated to tow 7,716 pounds.

What Land Rover didn’t attempt was slowing all that weight. Braking is a huge limiting factor when it comes to max tow ratings. After all, a vehicle and its load have to stop eventually. The Discovery’s brakes just wouldn’t be up to the challenge. That’s partly why the tractor sits between the Discovery and the trailers – to operate each trailers air brakes. That, and because the Discovery doesn’t have a fifth-wheel hitch.

Interestingly enough, a seven-trailer road train is illegal in Australia. The government down under limits road trains to “only” four trailers. Here in the U.S., the DOT caps the number at two. Land Rover says it had to get special permission to conduct the stunt and contract with local authorities to temporarily close the road.

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2018 Land Rover Discovery SVX

2018 Land Rover Discovery SVX

A 518-horse modernist inspired by the Camel Trophy & G4 Challenge

Land Rover has finally debuted its concept of what the hard-core off-road Discovery SVX will be when it enters production in 2018. The long-rumored SVX version of the new Disco is the latest creation from Land Rover’s in-house skunkworks and customizer, Special Vehicle Operations, otherwise known as SVO. Designed to handle even worse terrain than a standard Discovery, the SVX boasts an upgraded suspension with more flex and ride height, restyled bumpers for improved approach and departure angles, exposed tow hooks, and even a recovery winch mounted in the rear bumper. Naturally, the interior is given a flair of outdoorsy extremism.

The Discovery SVX project takes inspiration from the classic Camel Trophy and G4 Challenge events, which used to pit man and machine against incredible odds in extended cross-country driving through remote areas with basically no roads. While both off-road events have been dead since 2000 and 2008, respectively, Land Rover has tried to infuse that adventurous spirit into the Discovery SVX. Perhaps one day we’ll see Land Rover organize another G4 Challenge, but until then, let’s check out its new Discovery SVX.

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Jaguar Land Rover's SVO Unit Comes Through On Its Word With The Discovery SVX

Jaguar Land Rover’s SVO Unit Comes Through On Its Word With The Discovery SVX

Off-road features abound with SVO’s latest masterpiece

Back at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March, Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations boss John Edwards hinted at the possibility of the Land Rover Discovery getting its own SVO treatment. He didn’t dive into any specifics, opting only to say that if SVO did create one, it would be somewhere in the middle “between Paris Dakar and Camel Trophy,” two famed off-road races. I can’t tell if just-unveiled Discovery SXV is capable of competing in both races, but give credit where it’s due: JLR’s SVO unit came through on its word.

The Land Rover Discovery SVX is the result of what happens when a goal is set and that goal is accomplished. On paper, it’s billed as the most powerful version of the Discovery ever created, and the numbers certainly speak for themselves as the Discovery SVX is capable of producing 525 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque, thanks in large part to the SUV carrying a much bigger 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 engine compared to the smaller 3.0-liter V-6 mill that all other Land Rover Discovery SUVs come in. It’s not just about the engine either. SVO understood that for the Discovery SVX to reach its full off-road potential, it needed significant changes to its mechanical and handling faculties. The division did just that, and a whole lot more. Certainly, the results speak for themselves.

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2017 Land Rover Discovery by Startech

2017 Land Rover Discovery by Startech

Recently unveiled SUV gets one of its first aftermarket tuning kits

Startech may be overshadowed by its parent company, Brabus, in the tuning world, but the tuner has proven itself to be as adept in building kits for a wide range of vehicle brands. One of those brands is Land Rover, and as fate would have it, Startech is presenting its latest program for the Discovery SUV at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The program has a more style-over-substance feel to it. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, especially for an SUV like the Discovery, which caters to more than just the off-road adventurers of the world. Those who prefer a proper dress-up for their SUVs are the targets here, hence the lack of an engine upgrade that puts more power to the SUV’s 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 engine. It is fitting, too, that with Startech’s kit for the SUV arrived just as the Discovery underwent its biggest stylistic change since 2009. Put all of these elements together and it’s easy to see why Startech wants to be one of the first in the tuning scene to have one in the market. Other tuners like Kahn Design will inevitably have theirs at some point, but for now, the spotlight is squarely on Startech to make a positive impression on owners of the new SUV. Considering its pedigree as a company owned by Brabus, it wouldn’t be hard for Startech to live up to its parent firm’s reputation.

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Land Rover Puts the Discovery Sport Against a Dog Sled in New "Horsepower vs Dog Power" Promo Ad

Land Rover Puts the Discovery Sport Against a Dog Sled in New "Horsepower vs Dog Power" Promo Ad

There might be far better ways to showcase the Land Rover Discovery Sport than this but it’s cool nonetheless

I’m one of those people who loves a good promotional video when I see one. I embrace them, take my time watching them, and in some cases, watch them repeatedly. It’s safe to say, though, that Land Rover’s new promotional ad for the Discovery Sport isn’t going to be one of those times. I do get the urge to create and develop one, so I’m not going to criticize Land Rover for the thought and purpose of the ad itself. The content of the video, on the other hand, leaves a lot to be desired.

First, let’s set up. The ad is basically a promotional stunt for the Discovery Sport, which took to an underground snow tunnel in Finland to compete against a Finnish mid-distance dog sled champion Laura Kääriäinen and her team of six beautiful huskies. The objective, it seems, is to have the Discovery Sport, with JLR principal engineer Karl Richards driving it, race against Kääriäinen in the snow-covered tunnel. The usual song-and-dance number of whoever crosses the finish line first wins it. Great, right? It probably would’ve been if the whole execution of the video made it feel completely fabricated from start to finish.

Sure, certain elements of it looked cool, including seeing the Discovery Sport putting in some good power slides on the snow. The huskies were cool too, as were the visuals. But, if Land Rover really wanted to make it a more compelling race, it probably shouldn’t have resorted to using a dog sled champion to do it and then hiding behind what I will admit is a catchy “horsepower vs dog power” tag line. Catchiness aside, it’s also unrealistic to think that a 286-horsepower SUV can lose to a dog sled team, “obstacles” notwithstanding. And, the Discovery Sport only won the race by "a nose?"

Really?

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2017 Land Rover Discovery – Driven

2017 Land Rover Discovery – Driven

[The] Disco is back, baby!

The Land Rover Discovery is one of the most iconic vehicles on the planet. Next to a Jeep CJ/Wrangler and the original Volkswagen Beetle, most folks can identify the Discovery in a lineup. Beginning in 1989, four generations of Discos have explored the far-flung reaches of earth and tackled city traffic on every continent, well, save for Antarctica – and that’s only because there’s a stark shortage of traffic down there. Here in the States, the Series I Discovery made its debut in 1994, followed by the Series II in 1999. Land Rover introduced an all-new model for 2004, known in North America as the LR3. This model lasted until 2016, with its 2009-facelift getting the LR4 name. But for 2017, the Discovery has undergone its biggest change yet.

Gone is the body-on-frame design and generous use of steel. Rather than this typical SUV recipe, Land Rover borrowed from its Range Rover line. An aluminum-intensive, unibody architecture replaces the boxy frame, helping the fifth-generation Disco shed nearly 1,000 pounds while adding structural rigidity. Not a terrible trade-off, eh? That’s especially true considering the 2017 Discovery is more capable off-road thanks to improved approach, break-over, and departure angles, combined with 1.7-inches of extra ground clearance and a whopping 7.8-inches of extra water fording depth. Add to that the Disco’s vastly improved on-road characteristics, and it’s clear Land Rover’s decision to adopt 21st-century technology paid off big time.

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The Off-Road Tech that makes The 2017 Land Rover Discovery So Good

The Off-Road Tech that makes The 2017 Land Rover Discovery So Good

Combining software & hardware together for glory

It’s no secret Land Rover products are good off-road. The brand has been making a name for itself since 1948, after all. But in modern times, Land Rover has been trading solid axles and ladder frames for unibody construction and independent suspensions with air springs. Land Rover’s latest vehicle is the 2017 Discovery, an all-new take on the classic nameplate that dates back four generations. Now in its fifth, the Discovery adopts the unibody chassis and high-tech gadgetry designed to make it handle rough terrain better than its competition. Well, this week has me behind the wheel of the fifth-generation Disco, and boy does it ever impress.

I’ve already said the Discovery drives like the Range Rover on which it’s based, and I’ll have a full review coming soon, but I wanted to explore the Discovery’s off-road components in detail. The Discovery uses familiar technology found across the board in other Land Rover products. The heart is Land Rover’s Terrain Response 2 system. It acts as the brain and control center of the vehicle. The driver selects the appropriate terrain and ride height setting, and the computer does the rest. It monitors vehicle progress upwards of 1,000 times a second and modifies differential locks, traction control, and throttle inputs to ensure the vehicle keeps moving. But, there’s more to the Discovery than just a fancy computer program.

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The 2017 Land Rover Discovery Drives More Like a Range Rover

The 2017 Land Rover Discovery Drives More Like a Range Rover

The Disco’s new underpinnings feel surprisingly familiar.

The wait is over – we’ve gotten behind the wheel of Jaguar Land Rover’s all-new 2017 Land Rover Discovery. This is the fifth-generation of the Discovery name, but this SUV drastically departs from decades of heritage of past models, including the LR4 sold between 2009 and 2016. Gone is the traditional steel ladder frame and boxy design, replaced by an advanced, aluminum-intensive unibody structure and curvy, modern styling. The Discovery’s new bones are based on those found under the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport. Not surprisingly, the Disco feels very similar from behind the wheel.

Purists might shed a tear in their beer at the Discovery “going soft,” but they needn’t worry. It possesses all the same off-road chops as the other Land Rover models, including center and rear locking differentials, an air suspension allowing for 11.1 inches of ground clearance, and watertight seals that afford an impressive 35.4 inches of wading depth. Sure, its leather-lined interior might not be suitable for quail hunting with the Labradors, but neither was the LR4’s. Rather than holding onto the past, Land Rover is wholeheartedly adopting the future. Customers demand more in-car technology, better driving characteristics, more comfort for every seating position, and that up-market cache the Land Rover brand has come to symbolize. As for those behind-the-wheel impressions; keep reading for those.

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2017 Land Rover Discovery Dynamic Design Pack

2017 Land Rover Discovery Dynamic Design Pack

New Discovery become sportier thanks to blacked-out detailing

The third-generation Land Rover Discovery, also known as Discovery 5 because the first two generations were split into two series, was unveiled ahead of the 2016 Paris Motor Show for the 2017 model year. Sporting the same five-door wagon layout, the new Discovery is longer, wider and taller than its predecessor. But despite being larger, it has a sportier design due to the boxy cues of the Discovery 4 model being dropped in favor of a Range Rover Sport-inspired look. With sleeker headlamps, a slanted nose, and heavily raked C-pillar, the new Discovery is solid proof that Land Rover wants to move away from its traditional square designs. New looks and technology aside, the Discovery 5 also gained a pair of revised engines and an updated automatic transmission.

At the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, Land Rover unveiled the first special-edition model based on the new Discovery. It goes by the name Dynamic Design Pack and comes with new exterior elements that give the SUV a sportier appearance, and cabin add-ons that enhance the vehicles premium feel.

Land Rover also used this launch to talk about how the new Discovery received the seal of approval from big-wave surf legend Laird Hamilton and members of the Silicon Beach Surfers club for its Intelligent Seat Fold technology, which can be operated from the water due to its waterproof Activity Key, and the roof-mounted Aqua Rack that can be used to carry two surfboards and other related gear. It may sound a bit off-topic, but hey, a brand-new vehicle needs all the attention it can get.

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Land Rover Discovery Gets New Dynamic Design Pack For 2017

Land Rover Discovery Gets New Dynamic Design Pack For 2017

The Discovery gets a little cooler with the option of the new Dynamic Design Pack

The Land Rover Discovery is already pretty wild as it is with all of the interesting little technological bits like the technology that allowed Bear Grylls to rearrange the seats while in the air, or the Activity Key that allows you to disable the normal key fob and leave it in the vehicle while still having the ability to unlock the doors from afar. That Activity Key is even waterproof up to 98ft, which is part of the reason why this Land Rover is also being fancied as the ultimate surfer’s ride. Now, the discovery is getting a new package called the Dynamic Design Pack that brings some new bits inside and out to help it stand out in the crowd just a little more.

On the outside, the Dynamic Design Pack as on 21- or 22-inch Satin Dark Grey alloy wheels. The roof can be had in Black or Corris Grey to help add some contrast to the exterior look. JLR claims that this Dynamic Design Pack add new and “purposeful” front and rear bumpers. After examining the pack in detail, however, there’s nothing more purposeful about either just a slightly different look. In the rear, that silver skid plate now has tiny winglets on it. The front fascia ends up getting new gloss black inserts in the corner vents that help to give it a slightly sportier appearance. A new, Narvik Black grille rounds out the front end, while the same color has been applied to the fender vents and door mirror caps on the sides.

Inside, buyers can opt for one of three different color schemes, each of which had contrast stitching. There’s also Windsor Leather on the “upper fascia” as well as the upper part of the door trim panels to go with a pair of floor mats that utilize Nubuck binding. The package is available on HSE and HSE luxury models, with the standard HSE getting 21-inch wheels and the HSE luxury presumably getting the 22-inch wheels. There are no details as far as pricing goes for now, but we’ll surely learn more about that when the Dynamic Design Pack finds its way onto order forms.

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2017 Land Rover Discovery

2017 Land Rover Discovery

Land Rover reworks its flagship for 2017

The Land Rover Discovery’s fifth generation broke cover at the 2016 Paris International Auto Show to anxious crowds of hungry SUV buyers the world over. This latest model continues in the same vein as its predecessors, but now sports a new look, a completely reworked interior, and a slew of new technological advancements. The pair of V-6s and the eight-speed automatic are the only parts not completely reworked.

In the name of weight savings, Land Rover has ditched the Discovery’s ladder frame and steel-body construction for an aluminum-intensive unibody design. This results in an impressive 1,000-pound drop in weight over the previous generation Disco. This should greatly improve handling and straight-line performance, as well as fuel efficiency and off-road capability. Land Rover already announced an improved towing capacity for the fifth-gen Disco, up 500 pounds to 8,201.

Land Rover’s Terrain Response 2 system returns as well, offering driver-selectable modes that customize how the Discovery reacts to various ground and weather conditions. Increased ground clearance and water fording depth combine with Land Rover’s new All-Terrain Progress Control, or ATPC, which acts like a low-speed cruise control for off-road situations.

For 2018, the 10-inch InControl Touch Pro infotainment system is now standard across the trim levels. It also moves from 3G to 4G Wi-Fi and will support up to eight devices. The driver now enjoys JLR’s familiar 12.3-inch Interactive Driver Display, the digital gauge cluster that is configurable. JLR’s second-generation Head-Up Display makes it debut in the 2018 Discovery, too, and can be added to the HSE and HSE Luxury trims. The new HUD is roughly 2.5 times larger and shows more information.

Update 11/09/2017: Land Rover improves the 2018 Discovery by adding more in-dash tech, new driver assistance features, and making the 3.0-liter Td6 turbodiesel optional on every trim line.

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The 2017 Land Rover Discovery Gets 21st Century Tech

The 2017 Land Rover Discovery Gets 21st Century Tech

Modern features for Land Rover’s new take an a classic design

Land Rover has just pulled the covers off its newest iteration of the iconic Discovery. Nearly every nut and bolt is completely new for 2017, save for the carry-over gasoline V-6 and the turbodiesel V-6 borrowed from the Range Rover lineup. Gone is the heavy body-on-frame design, and with it roughly 1,000 pounds of weight. Yes, incredibly the fifth generation Discovery sheds half a ton by moving to a unibody design constructed mostly out of aluminum.

Classic design themes are seen in the Disco’s new exterior, including the stepped roofline. Like before, it gives more headroom for second and third row passengers. Land Rover says the rear seats are designed for the 95th percentile adult to sit comfortably. That’s also aided by more legroom, too.

But we’re here to talk technology – about all the tech gadgets and creature comforts that stand out inside the new Discovery. So keep reading for the full scoop.

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2017 Discovery Debut Includes Record-breaking Lego Bridge, Bear Grylls, Helicopters, Water Fording, & a Lego Sail Boat!

2017 Discovery Debut Includes Record-breaking Lego Bridge, Bear Grylls, Helicopters, Water Fording, & a Lego Sail Boat!

Land Rover pull out all the stops for its Disco debut

The all-new 2017 Land Rover Discovery got a jump start of the 2016 Paris Motor Show by debuting in London a day before. It’s clear to see why Land Rover couldn’t wait – the automaker dumped the idea of a boring debut in favor of a live-action show with crazy stunts.

The action got started with a presentation of the Discovery’s history. Land Rover broke out its Heritage Collection, its own in-house museum of vehicles. Included in the lineup was the original Discovery, complete with awesome 1980s graphics. Then the Discovery 2, the 1990s-era Disco that brought more luxury to the Disco nameplate. Then The Discovery 3 rolled out, the first all-new design since the original debuted in 1989. The current Discovery 4 followed, looking like it just left the assembly line. Following that were off-road competition versions of each, including the original Camel Trophy truck, the G4 Challenge Discovery, and the 1 Millionth Discovery built.

The attention turned to the sky as a helicopter hovered overhead. Bear Grylls, the famous British survivalist and TV star, repelled by rope down onto a bridge built entirely of Lego blocks. Modeled after Tower Bridge in London, the 43-foot-tall structure contains 5.8 million Lego pieces and features a functional drawbridge section. It now holds the Guinness World Record for the largest Lego structure in the world.

If that’s not enough, Land Rover’s sailing team drove a 2017 Discovery though a pool of water under the bridge while pulling a Lego model of their sailboat. Two other Discoverys climbed the raised drawbridge sections, showing off their off-road capabilities.

The crazy display only lacked fireworks or explosions – or perhaps a rock band being lowered in by a crane. Of course, Land Rover spilled many of the juicy details regarding the all-new Discovery.

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2017 Land Rover Discovery Leaked

2017 Land Rover Discovery Leaked

The new Land Rover Discovery is slated to make its debut at the Paris Auto Show in less than 24 hours, but thanks to a hiccup on Land Rover’s Australian website, landrover.com.au we’ve gotten an early full look at the next-gen discovery. The website posted an image of the Discovery, as well as a short video that essentially let the cat out of the bag a little early. And despite the teaser image of the front end that we’ve already seen, there’s quite a bit more to talk about now that we can see the sides and rear without any camo.

To start off, the boxy look of the last-gen model is a thing of the past with the front hood taking on a more refined look and the A-pillars taking on a longer presence to go with a better angle. These things alone bring the Discovery into the modeler times, but there’s still more. The rear doors have been completely redesigned. The door glass is all one piece, and the doors are now boomerang shaped in the rear. The taillights wrap around the corners of the rear and have a striking resemblance to the headlights. The rear end is now rounded on all sides, giving the rear end a bubbly look while the roof almost looks like it was placed on top of the vehicle after it was built. It’s a unique design, but it somehow works.

In one of the screenshots from the short video found on the website, we get a decent glance at the rear end. The only thing really out of whack here is the off-centered license plate which actually looks really awkward. Otherwise, this next-gen model is a huge departure from any Discovery that came before it and should prove to be quite successful for Land Rover in the coming years. We’ll learn a lot more about this baby early tomorrow as the press days at the Paris Auto Show kicks off, so stay tuned for updates and official images.

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Land Rover Discovery Now Has Smartphone-Powered Folding Rear Seats: Video

Land Rover Discovery Now Has Smartphone-Powered Folding Rear Seats: Video

Bear Grylls Reconfigures the Discovery’s seats why skydiving at 125 mph!

Land Rover is slowly teasing its all-new Discovery before its September 28 debut. This time, the automaker foregoes a static picture and some dry press release in favor of action and star host. Yep, Land Rover called Bear Grylls to demonstrate the Discovery’s new smartphone app-controlled folding rear seats – all while falling from the sky at 125 mph.

It might be an extreme demonstration, but the fact remains that owners can now control the second and third row seats of their new 2018 Land Rover Discovery via a smartphone app from anywhere in the world. This transforms the seven-seater Discovery into a two-seater with tons of cargo room in just 14 seconds.

What’s more, any seating configuration can be achieved, including folding or unfolding individual seats or rows. It just requires the optional Seven Position Seating package, which includes the Intelligent Seat Fold feature as standard. The Land Rover InControl Remote app is downloadable at Apple and Android’s app stores.

Aside from using the app, the Discovery’s seats are controllable using buttons in the cargo area, as well as menu buttons within the InControl infotainment system. Alex Heslop, Land Rover’s Chief Engineer for Discovery says, “This unique feature sets the all-new Discovery apart from any other vehicle. The fact that owners can change the seating while doing things like shopping is a true milestone in convenience delivered through technological innovation.”

Expect more innovated technology like this to break cover in the coming days. Land Rover is set to debut the new Discovery at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

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2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport

2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport

New tech and looks for the 2017 Disco Sport

Land Rover has announced an update to the Discovery Sport – its entry-level SUV. It’s called the Dynamic Design Pack and is available on HSE and HSE LUX trim levels. The changes are mostly external, though the infotainment system is highly updated with a larger screen size, faster processing, better graphics, and more intuitive menu functions. Land Rover calls it the InControl Touch Pro.

These changes are found on the 2017 model Disco Sport, but Land Rover is expected to extend the infotainment update to other vehicles in its lineup. In fact, the Disco Sport is the second vehicle to boast the upgraded computer system. Just a few weeks ago, we reported the Land Rover Ranger Rover Evoque Ember Edition debuted the new InControl Touch Pro infotainment system.

Apart from the inControl system, the Dynamic Design Pack brings a new look to the Discovery Sport. Traditional Land Rover fans might be disappointed to find no upgrades in off-road equipment and such, but rather vogue styling changes. Still, the Dynamic Design Pack will help attract customers to the Discovery Sport, further helping Land Rover’s sales.

Gerry McGovern, Chief Design Officer, said, "Our customers want their vehicles to stand out and expect a wide range of personalization options. The latest additions to the Discovery Sport deliver this in a premium way."

The 2017 Discovery Sport, with the optional Dynamic Design Pack, will be available in August of 2016 and will carry a starting price of $37,695 before taxes, fees, and a $995 destination charge.

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Land Rover Might Build Discovery SVX Off-Roader

Land Rover Might Build Discovery SVX Off-Roader

SVO prepping to build hard-core off-road version of next-gen Discovery

Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations division has enjoyed immense success over is very short existence. Its SVO-branded vehicles have pushed boundaries in both high-end luxury with the Range Rover SVAutobiography and high-performance with the Range Rover Sport SVR. Now it seems JLR is ready to expand SVO’s reach off the beaten path.

Land Rover is preparing a hard-core off-road version of its upcoming Discovery 5 SUV, called the SVX. It’s rumored to be laden with new-school technology complementing proven off-road mechanicals, giving the SUV an unparalleled ability to go anywhere.

In a conversation with AutoCar, SVO boss John Edwards admitted the Land Rover brand “is all about bandwidth,” meaning the automaker can do it all. “What we have done over 65 years is broaden the breadth of capability of our vehicles,” said Edwards. “We have taken the opportunity with the Sport SVR to go right, and SVX gives us a chance to go left. It’s clear that a result of that will be that the Land Rover proposition will benefit overall — we will be amplifying the core brand values.”

What’s more, Land Rover has the opportunity to use the SVX name on multiple vehicles within its lineup, including the upcoming Defender. Since the Discovery is slotted to arrive for the 2017 model year, it’s likely it will receive the SVX treatment first.

Land Rover’s Discovery Vision concept had plenty of cutting-edge technology that could make its way onto the Discovery SVX, including the “virtual windscreen and bonnet” that uses cameras and displays to “see through” the hood, viewing the grown just ahead of the front tires. Expect to see the Disco SVX to utilize old-school tech like locking differentials and aggressive tires to round out the package.

Such a Discovery SVX will be marketed in the U.S., the Middle East, Australia, and other parts of the world with rough terrain. JLR would likely introduce the SVX version of the Discovery a year after the SUV’s initial launch, making a 2018 on-sale date the probable target.

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2017 Land Rover Discovery

2017 Land Rover Discovery

The Discovery has a long and storied past, but it seems Land Rover is preparing for the future with the next generation of its go-anywhere, luxurious SUV. Our spy photographers snapped several shots of a camouflaged test mule rolling through the streets of Europe. Looking more like a rounded-off Range Rover, this new-age Discovery is likely taking the Discovery name and design from retro to revolutionary.

Not much is known at this point, but knowing Jaguar Land Rover’s current tendencies to construct everything out of lightweight aluminum and powering it with a supercharged engine, speculations can be made.

And yes, we fully expect the next Discovery to have an all-aluminum chassis like the Range Rover. This not only helps cut weight – something the current Discovery greatly suffers from – but also helps improve performance, both on and off road. The other obvious benefit to the aluminum diet is fuel savings. To say the current Discovery is thirsty would be a gross understatement.

Although Land Rover appears to be reinventing the Discovery’s looks, it still seems the Disco will keeps many of its identifying features, helping new customers identify the SUV and long-time loyalists feel nostalgia. Though it’s hard to see in the photos, expect the stepped roof and split-level tailgate to return.

Also returning will be the Discovery’s outstanding off-road qualities. Land Rover will surely stick with its Terrain Response system and air ride suspension. A new crop of powertrains is also expected, bringing more power and greater fuel economy simultaneously.

Of course, the next-generation Discovery will also be sold in the U.S., though it could be under the LR nameplate. If that’s the case, perhaps this is the LR5.

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2016 Land Rover Discovery Graphite

2016 Land Rover Discovery Graphite

Land Rover has released two special editions for its popular Discovery model. Headed for Europe and other parts of the globe, the two additions to the Discovery lineup include the Landmark Edition and this, the Graphite Edition.

Both offer bespoke parts and interior features that subtly set them apart from a standard Disco. Unique coloring on trim pieces, larger wheels, and the special edition badges that designate the exclusivity.

Specifically on the Graphite, the trim builds off the Black Pack option, adding a grey (graphite) finish to the fender vents and front grille, along with a light grey frame that surrounds the grille, looking almost like chrome in the photos. The graphite color continues onto the 19-inch alloy wheels and all the exterior badges.

Unlike the Landmark Edition that is limited to five color choices, the Graphite Edition comes with nine total choices. Three color choices are offered for the interior, giving the customer a rather wide selection of combinations.

Though Land Rover doesn’t specify, the Graphite Edition builds off the base SE model that’s also equipped with the Black Pack. Coming standard in this model is the 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 that makes 256 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. Of course, being a Discovery, the SUV comes with Land Rover’s Terrain Response 2 software that helps give the Discovery its legendary off-road capabilities.

For those looking to stand out – even in a crowd of Land Rovers, the Discovery Graphite Special Edition is a solid choice. Land Rover is changing £47,495, or roughly $72,668 for this edition.

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2016 Land Rover Discovery Graphite

2016 Land Rover Discovery Graphite

Land Rover has released two special editions for its popular Discovery model. Headed for Europe and other parts of the globe, the two additions to the Discovery lineup include the Landmark Edition and this, the Graphite Edition.

Both offer bespoke parts and interior features that subtly set them apart from a standard Disco. Unique coloring on trim pieces, larger wheels, and the special edition badges that designate the exclusivity.

Specifically on the Graphite, the trim builds off the Black Pack option, adding a grey (graphite) finish to the fender vents and front grille, along with a light grey frame that surrounds the grille, looking almost like chrome in the photos. The graphite color continues onto the 19-inch alloy wheels and all the exterior badges.

Unlike the Landmark Edition that is limited to five color choices, the Graphite Edition comes with nine total choices. Three color choices are offered for the interior, giving the customer a rather wide selection of combinations.

Though Land Rover doesn’t specify, the Graphite Edition builds off the base SE model that’s also equipped with the Black Pack. Coming standard in this model is the 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 that makes 256 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. Of course, being a Discovery, the SUV comes with Land Rover’s Terrain Response 2 software that helps give the Discovery its legendary off-road capabilities.

For those looking to stand out – even in a crowd of Land Rovers, the Discovery Graphite Special Edition is a solid choice. Land Rover is changing £47,495, or roughly $72,668 for this edition.

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2016 Land Rover Discovery Landmark

2016 Land Rover Discovery Landmark

Land Rovers have always been desirable. Thanks to their fantastic off-road abilities, on-road comfort, and surprising power, the rugged automaker turned luxury brand hasn’t had too many issues with selling its SUVs. But now, Land Rover has announced two new special editions for its Discovery model. Called the Graphite and Landmark editions, the pair is aimed at buyers seeking a more distinguished ride.

More specifically, the Landmark edition improves off the Discovery’s current top trim, the HSE. Exterior details are added for a more bespoke look, including full-length roof rails finished in a bright silver color; its fender vents, grille, and mirror caps come finished in a glossy black color; and 20-inch wheels exclusive to the trim finish off the look.

Only five colors are available for the Discovery Landmark: Waitomo Grey, Santorini Black, Yulong White, Indus Silver, and a new color called Zanzibar that is only available on the Landmark Edition.

Of course, Land Rover didn’t leave the interior alone. The Landmark comes with Windsor Leather seats and an “extended” leather package that wraps even more interior bits in the cowhide. Color choices include Ebony, Almond, and Tan. Interestingly enough, this is the first time the Discovery has ever had a tan interior. What really sets the interior apart is the choice of different steering wheels that accompany corresponding wood trim choices.

Land Rover makes no mention of powertrain updates or even which powertrain is offered. Since it’s built off the HSE trim, it’s easy to assume the 3.0-liter turbodiesel is the only engine choice. And of course, the Discovery Landmark is only available in Europe and other parts of the world. (Look for news about the Graphite model on TopSpeed soon.)

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2016 Land Rover Discovery Landmark

2016 Land Rover Discovery Landmark

Land Rovers have always been desirable. Thanks to their fantastic off-road abilities, on-road comfort, and surprising power, the rugged automaker turned luxury brand hasn’t had too many issues with selling its SUVs. But now, Land Rover has announced two new special editions for its Discovery model. Called the Graphite and Landmark editions, the pair is aimed at buyers seeking a more distinguished ride.

More specifically, the Landmark edition improves off the Discovery’s current top trim, the HSE. Exterior details are added for a more bespoke look, including full-length roof rails finished in a bright silver color; its fender vents, grille, and mirror caps come finished in a glossy black color; and 20-inch wheels exclusive to the trim finish off the look.

Only five colors are available for the Discovery Landmark: Waitomo Grey, Santorini Black, Yulong White, Indus Silver, and a new color called Zanzibar that is only available on the Landmark Edition.

Of course, Land Rover didn’t leave the interior alone. The Landmark comes with Windsor Leather seats and an “extended” leather package that wraps even more interior bits in the cowhide. Color choices include Ebony, Almond, and Tan. Interestingly enough, this is the first time the Discovery has ever had a tan interior. What really sets the interior apart is the choice of different steering wheels that accompany corresponding wood trim choices.

Land Rover makes no mention of powertrain updates or even which powertrain is offered. Since it’s built off the HSE trim, it’s easy to assume the 3.0-liter turbodiesel is the only engine choice. And of course, the Discovery Landmark is only available in Europe and other parts of the world. (Look for news about the Graphite model on TopSpeed soon.)

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2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport HSE Dynamic Lux

2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport HSE Dynamic Lux

Debuting for the 2016 model year, the 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport has revived Land Rover’s entry-level segment. Basically replacing the ancient LR2 , the Disco Sport brings new life to the brand thanks to shared architecture and a powertrain from the more upscale 2013-2015 Land Rover Range Rover . But things are getting even better. Bowing at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show is the Discovery Sport HSE Dynamic Lux.

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2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport

2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport

It took months of rumors, spy shots, speculation and leaks, but the newest member of the Land Rover family is finally official and we have all the details. Say hello to the Land Rover Discovery Sport.
Much like the Range Rover Sport, the new Discovery Sport is a smaller and faster version of a car that wears a similar name. It has an all-new design that is very similar to the Discovery Vision Concept that bowed earlier this year. The new model is loaded to the gills with new technology, and it features some of the nicest design touches ever fitted to a Discovery.

To make the most of this new, stylish shell, the engine and modern nine-speed ZF automatic transmission from the Range Rover Evoque are combined with an advanced AWD system to create a dynamic and capable machine.

If you want to know all the exact details like horsepower, ride height and available extras just click through to read our full coverage. We even have a whole collection of nice high-res photos to go with it. Enjoy.

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Jaguar Land Rover Prepares Pothole Alert Technology

Jaguar Land Rover Prepares Pothole Alert Technology

Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) communications will both play an integral role when fully autonomous vehicles become a reality, but until then, Jaguar Land Rover is showing that these technologies could have a more practical use in the short term. The automaker is looking to use connected car technology as a means of identifying and rerouting cars around serious road hazards such as potholes or damaged manhole covers in an aptly named system called Pothole Alert.

The proposed system works by using sensors built into the MagneRide suspension system (found on the 2016 Range Rover Evoque and 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport models), which is designed to scan the road to continuously adjust suspension tuning for a smoother, more comfortable ride. Piggybacking on this, JLR thinks that its MagneRide system will also be able to detect such hazards and share it with other drivers, but down the road, JLR is also looking to build on this safety feature by actively scanning the road ahead of the vehicle using a forward-facing stereo camera.

As part of the research and testing of this technology, JLR is working with its hometown municipality to find ways for this tech to benefit government entities who can then (hopefully) fix the problem faster. In this testing, the Coventry City Council will use data collected by JLR research to see how it can be used by cities to stay ahead of problematic road conditions. Theoretically, Pothole Alert can provide road crews with the severity of potholes and the exact GPS location to better prioritize which hazards should be addressed first.

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2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport - Driven

2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport - Driven

The Land Rover brand has been doing extremely well over the past fear years as sales continue to climb and quality becomes top notch. Still, Land Rover has some aging product taking up dealer showroom space – namely the archaic LR2/ Freelander. Its design and many of its components date back to the Ford era, and leave much room for improvement when compared to things like the LR4 or Range Rover Evoque.

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2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport - Driven

2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport - Driven

The Land Rover brand has been doing extremely well over the past fear years as sales continue to climb and quality becomes top notch. Still, Land Rover has some aging product taking up dealer showroom space – namely the archaic LR2/Freelander. Its design and many of its components date back to the Ford era, and leave much room for improvement when compared to things like the LR4 or Range Rover Evoque.

Meet the all-new 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport. Designed to replace the LR2/Freelander in every world market as Land Rover’s entry-level vehicle, the new unibody crossover borrows much of its underpinnings from the Range Rover Evoque. Ironically, the Ford flair finds its way into the package, as both the Evoque and now the Discovery Sport come powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder sourced from the blue oval.

Nevertheless, the new Discovery Sport is a completely different animal when compared to the outgoing LR2. Its updated looks, more luxurious interior, and respectable off-roading abilities garners it desirability the LR2 hasn’t had in years. What’s more, the Disco Sport carries a fair price of $37,000, giving it a leg up in the premium crossover market.

I recently got to spend a week with an example coated in bright Firenze Red paint with 19-inch alloy wheels. My tester came with the top-trim HSE package, giving it nearly every bell and whistle you’d expect from a premium brand automaker.

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Land Rover Discovery Will Get Extreme Off-Road SVX Version

Land Rover Discovery Will Get Extreme Off-Road SVX Version

It appears Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations is ready to get dirty – as in building a hardcore off-road version of the upcoming, next-generation Discovery. Currently known as the LR4 here in the States, the upcoming LR5 will come standard with all the off-road abilities Land Rover is known for, but SVO’s version will take things to the extreme with a so-called SVX version.

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Land Rover Discovery Will Get Extreme Off-Road SVX Version

Land Rover Discovery Will Get Extreme Off-Road SVX Version

It appears Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations is ready to get dirty – as in building a hardcore off-road version of the upcoming, next-generation Discovery. Currently known as the LR4 here in the States, the upcoming LR5 will come standard with all the off-road abilities Land Rover is known for, but SVO’s version will take things to the extreme with a so-called SVX version.

Until now, SVO has concentrated on several one-off projects, a few limited edition models, and super high-end luxury editions. Now the personalization arm of JLR is expanding.

“There is a market for more off-road capability, so of course we’re looking at it,” said SVO boss John Edwards in a recent interview with AutoCar. “In the US there’s a wide snowbelt, in the Middle East there’s extreme sand and in regions such as Australia and South Africa there is a need to cover very rugged terrain.

The man certainly has a point. There are folks who crave off-road capabilities just as much as other crave luxury or personalization. Though SVO has not supplied any details, possible upgrades include a bumper-mounted winch, meatier tires, expanded underbody skidplating, a high-mounted air intake, roof rack, and off-road lighting.

Edwards continues saying the Germans have already broken into the luxury off-road market, though he didn’t specifically mention the new Mercedes G500 4x4². “We think there’s an opportunity to offer something different and something more. We’re well planned to develop and exploit opportunities in that market,” he said.

Additionally, Land Rover is already developing new technologies that make off-roading easier. A prime example came on the Discovery Vision concept. It featured a windshield that displayed virtual images of the terrain blocked by the hood via cameras mounted in the grille. Such systems, combined with proven hardware mounted outside, would make the upcoming Discovery 5 an unstoppable machine.

Expect to see the new LR5 in U.S. showrooms by 2017 with its SVX version coming a year later.

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Land Rover Plans New Heritage Division

Land Rover Plans New Heritage Division

Land Rover estimates that 70 percent of vehicles it has built built since the marque’s introduction in 1948 are still in existence — maybe not operational, but they do exist in varying states, between sitting in a showroom with delivery miles and sitting in a field with weeds growing through the engine bay. There’s a pretty good business opportunity to be found somewhere between the two.

Following the path set by the Jaguar Heritage division, Jaguar Land Rover has established the Land Rover Heritage division, which will supply genuine parts built using original tooling methods for Land Rovers that have been out of productions for over 10 years. These include body, trim and service parts for the Range Rover Classic (the first Range Rover) and salvage and service parts for the P38 Range Rover and Discovery 1 and 2. Selected new parts will also be available for Series I, II and III Land Rovers, with more gradually becoming available soon after.

The new division launches at the 2015 Techno Classica show in Essen Germany, where this lovely blue, basically new Classic Range Rover will provide a showcase for Land Rover Heritage parts and services.

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Tata Prepares New Model Based On The Discovery Sport Platform

Tata Prepares New Model Based On The Discovery Sport Platform

The news about Jaguar Land Rover’s parent company, the India-based Tata, using some of JLR’s platforms for its own models isn’t really news. That information has been floating around since last summer. However, it appears Tata has now tapped the new Land Rover Discovery Sport’s LR-MS underpinnings to be the first platform it will use in constructing a new segment of “world-class” vehicles.

The tip comes from Motor Authority who says the new Tata vehicle is slated to be a global unit that brings more prestige to the parent company’s name. MA makes the perfect illustration of the relationship between Volkswagen and its subsidiary Audi. The two often share platforms and other technology across brand lines. General Motors also widely incorporates this strategy between its different automotive brands.

Autocar India further reports Tata’s crossover riding on the LR-MS platform is already codenamed Q501 and will be a rival to similar-sized SUVs offered by Toyota and Mahindra.

Of course, Tata’s version of the LR-MS would lack the high-class accouterments and creature comforts as the Land Rover Discovery Sport. It will also lack the sophisticated suspension system that makes the Disco Sport a Land Rover. This is both to keep the Discovery Sport special and to keep costs in line with typical Tata vehicles.

While Tata may be on a mission to expand, don’t expect to see the Disco Sport’s cousin roaming U.S. streets anytime soon.

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Land Rover Discovery Sport And Evoque Will Get More Powerful Versions; But Not SVR

Land Rover Discovery Sport And Evoque Will Get More Powerful Versions; But Not SVR

Word from a Land Rover insider says JLR will not produce an SVR-badged Land Rover Discovery Sport or Range Rover Evoque. It will, however, still produce more performance-based versions of each.

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Land Rover Discovery Sport And Evoque Will Get More Powerful Versions; But Not SVR

Land Rover Discovery Sport And Evoque Will Get More Powerful Versions; But Not SVR

The chances of getting hyped-up SVR versions of the Land Rover Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque are looking pretty bleak, but all hope is not lost of getting more powerful versions of the SUVs.

The news comes as Land Rover program chief Murray Dietsch told motoring.com.au that the automaker might still build higher-performance version of the Disco Sport and Evoque to square off against the Audi SQ5 and BMW X3 M and X4 M. Taking place in last week’s Iceland launch of the new Discovery Sport, the conversation centered around the future of Land Rover’s D8 Small Vehicle Platform which underpins both aforementioned JLR vehicles.

Dietsch told the Australian new outlet that, “Special Operations tends to have its eyes on certain segments and certain price points.” Motoring took that to mean an SVR-badged D8 vehicle would be simply too expensive to compete in its segment. I say it’s a great thing Land Rover is unwilling to slap a SVR badge on anything less than an all-out performance machine.

Regardless, it seems Dietsch isn’t against making more powerful versions of the D8 pair.

The current powertrain in both the Disco Sport and Evoque is the Ford-based 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 240 horsepower. A 281-horsepower version did debut last year at Geneva, but power outputs are likely to be beyond even that. The engine is said to soon to be released by a JRL-original, four-cylinder design that will allow for more power, likely cresting past the 300-horse mark.

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EuroNCAP Announces Best In Class Cars Of 2014

EuroNCAP Announces Best In Class Cars Of 2014

Dozens of new cars get tested each year by the main European crash testing organization, EuroNCAP, but only a small percentage of those vehicles achieve truly high scores. This happens in part because EuroNCAP has kept improving its testing procedures almost on a yearly basis, with the newest requirements in 2014 involving autonomous emergency braking (AEB) systems and other technologies part of the "Safety Assist" criteria, which is a branch of active safety.

A couple of novelties happened during the crash tests that took place in 2014, with EuroNCAP testing no less than five models available with either full-electric or hybrid propulsion. The second premiere was probably the fact that all the so-called Large Family cars tested in 2014 achieved the top five star rating, with the only difference between them being the overall score. With that being said, EuroNCAP has just released a list of the five highest performing cars in terms of overall score, spread around five different model categories: Supermini, Small Off-Road 4x4, Small MPV, Small Family Car and Large Family Car.

As it happens, only one Supermini achieved a five-star rating, and therefore the highest overall score in its category, despite no less than 14 cars in its segment having been crash tested during 2014. Pretty much the same situation happened in the Small MPV category, where only one car received the highest rating — over half of the vehicles tested scoring a rather shameful three stars. Interestingly enough, the Tesla Model S was surpassed by the Lexus NX hybrid as far as the best-scoring alternatively fueled vehicles go, albeit by only a small margin. The five best scoring cars of 2014 at EuroNCAP are the Skoda Fabia, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan, Nissan Qashqai and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

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Production of the Land Rover Discovery Sport Begins

Production of the Land Rover Discovery Sport Begins

Land Rover’s all-new Discovery Sport is now officially in production as the first example rolled off the assembly line in Halewood, UK. The 2016 Discovery Sport represents a departure from Land Rover’s typical style, taking after the brand’s highly successful Range Rover line’s Range Rover Sport.

The new 5+2 compact SUV also marks the beginning of Land Rover’s sub-branding of models, much like what it’s done with Range Rover. Land Rover’s expanding lineup is part of parent company Jaguar Land Rover’s initiative to grow corporate sales of 750,000 units annually by 2020.

The first Disco Sport was received by Stephen Attenborough, the Commercial Director for Virgin Galactic. The Discovery Sport will be used by the pioneering spaceflight company to support its operations in the UK. The Discovery Sport is the latest vehicle in Virgin Galactic’s growing fleet of Land Rover products that are part of an ongoing partnership between Jaguar Land Rover and Virgin Galactic.

Another Discovery Sport will soon make its way to the U.S. where it will debut the vehicle’s launch at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2014. The Discovery Sport will then likely go on sale in the fall of 2015, just in time for the 2016 model year.

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Land Rover Considers More Powerful Discovery Sport

Land Rover Considers More Powerful Discovery Sport

You can never have too much of a good thing, and I think we would all agree that faster and sportier cars fall into that category. Hot off the unveil of the all-new Land Rover Discovery Sport, we have news that JLR is looking to maybe make an even more aggressive model. In a piece posted up by the fine folks at CarAdvice, Land Rover’s director of programs Murray Dietsch is being quoted as saying the Disco Sport is not an “outwardly sporty vehicle," and that he would “like to [do] one.”

That is a promising statement indeed, but things get even wackier. Rather than dumping a massive V-8 under the hood like it did for the Range Rover Sport SVR, Land Rover may opt for a high-power diesel engine like Audi uses in the SQ5. Dietsch chimed in again with “We’ve got sporty derivatives of other vehicles in Europe that have got higher output engines that are diesel, so it would be horses for courses I think.”

To round out this pile of awesome news, it seems the Range Rover and Disco Sport models won’t be the only machines getting the “go-faster” treatment. There are plans in the works to make a high-end version of every model in the family portfolio. Think about how Mercedes uses its AMG division.

I think this sounds like a great plan.

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Land Rover Details its Future Lineup

Land Rover Details its Future Lineup

Land Rover is set to embark on a massive and admittedly ambitious expansion the likes of which we haven’t seen from the British SUV maker. The company’s Range Rover brand has always been its meal ticket, but there’s a good chance that it might soon share honors with the Discovery and Defender models, each of which is set to expand into its own family of models.

Car Magazine is reporting that that Land Rover is laying the groundwork to create a separate line of models for the Discovery and the Defender, effectively creating three sub-families under the Land Rover name. The British magazine discussed this development with Land Rover’s design director and chief creative officer, Gerry McGovern. According to McGovern, Land Rover is aligning its brands to create three separate families - Range Rover, Discovery, and Defender - with each family having one standout characteristic.

The Range Rover will be a luxury sub-brand, that was established a long time ago. The Discovery, however, will be all about "Leisure," something Land Rover began with the arrival of the sportier-than-usual Discovery Sport, which is apparently taking the place of the Freelander. Discussions within the company are also on-going regarding the development of the fifth-generation Discovery that was showcased in preview guise by the Discovery Vision Concept at the 2014 New York Auto Show.

Land Rover will also work on differentiating the Range Rover models from the Discovery models.

Then there’s the Defender. McGovern described it as the dual-purpose sub-brand that will be markedly different from the Range and Discovery brands. Don’t expect the new lineup of Defenders to be similar in aesthetics to its brothers, as these models will retain the same utilitarian character best associated with the roots of Land Rover. McGovern specifically pointed to the importance of having multiple Defender models, largely because it’s the brand that will cater to traditional fans of Land Rover.

“The Defender is about durability,” McGovern told Car. “You kick the hell out of them and they get up for more.”

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Land Rover Gives You a Chance to Win a Trip to Space

Land Rover Gives You a Chance to Win a Trip to Space

Land Rover has always stood for adventure and exploration of the most remote places on earth. Now Land Rover is raising the bar higher — much, much higher — with a chance to win an adventure into space. Together as a partner with Virgin Galactic, Land Rover is hosting a contest to find the most adventurous person and three of his or her friends.

The lucky contest winner and the three friends will have seats aboard the space ship Virgin Galactic, the crown jewel of the free-enterprise space program ran by Sir Richard Branson.

To enter, contestants must create a 30 second video showing how they embody the spirit of adventure and what it means to them. Rock climbing, camping, midnight drives, are all on the list of examples. Once completed, the video gets uploaded online and a short explanation of why you’re a good choice for a space adventure must be posted to your Facebook page.

All this is to help Land Rover celebrate its all-new 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport. The new SUV combines the sportiness and silky lines of the Range Rover Evoque with the ruggedness of a Land Rover Discovery.

If you’re looking to enter, you’ve got just over 50 days before the contest closes. So hop to it, adventure lovers!

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Video: Land Rover Drops Teaser Of Discovery Sport's New Interior

Video: Land Rover Drops Teaser Of Discovery Sport’s New Interior

Land Rover has always been on the forefront of off-road technology. It’s a company that prides itself on pushing the bar upward with each new model. For instance, the new Range Rover is quite possibly the best, most advance off-roading production vehicle on the market today, with its all-aluminum body and frame, it has anti-roll bars that disconnect electronically and it can even come with a sonar system that allows you to monitor wading depth. All Land Rovers are highly advanced vehicles, and Land Rover seems to be teasing some new tech for the upcoming Discovery Sport.

The video seems to be tying the history and future of Land Rover with that of the space program, showing numerous Evolution Of Man-style aeronautic images. At the end of the video it even references the partnership between Land Rover and Virgin Galactic, the space program branch of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin empire.

The first bit of interior tech Land Rover teases, is the satellite-image-style navigation system, which could offer an incredibly accurate way of tracking yourself while off-road in dangerous and desolate places, or allow fantastic exploration abilities. The second bit is the set of seven rear seats that seem to have a high range of maneuverability. The last piece of tech Land Rover teases is a large, panoramic moonroof that seems to stretch almost the entire length and width of the roof.

Land Rover doesn’t tease too much, but it is hinting that this new Discovery is on the cutting edge of technology. The Discovery Sport is rumored to use space-grade techniques, borrowed from its Virgin Galactic partner, such as "see-through" view of the road ahead, helping you avoid dangerous terrain while tackling tough terrain, as well as gesture control, which will allow the driver to operate various parts of the vehicle with hand gestures. These are all just rumors, of course, and we’ll see how high-tech the Discovery Sport really is when it debuts September 3rd, 2014. For now we can only speculate as to what kind of tech the Discovery will really have, and hope that a zero-gravity key-fob is one of them.

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2014 Land Rover Discovery 3.0 TDV6 By Kahn Design

2014 Land Rover Discovery 3.0 TDV6 By Kahn Design

The Land Rover Discovery might not be as impressive as the Defender as far as off-roading capabilities go, but, to Kahn Design, the former is equally suited to receive an aftermarket makeover. Kahn and the Land Rover brand go a long way back, with the British design firm having released a batch of upgrades for the SUV.

In an earlier package, Kahn selected a twin-turbo, SDV6-powered Discovery and enhanced its visuals by means of an aggressive aerodynamic package, 22-inch wheels, and a revamped interior. Now, the design house launched a new program for the Discovery, this time picking yet another SDV6 to showcase its skills. Dubbed RS300, the SUV gains some of Kahn’s usual updates inside and out, with the final result presenting itself as a unique, luxurious rig.

New fenders, large wheels, and a bespoke interior add a touch of sportiness and class to an otherwise go-anywhere, purpose-built vehicle.

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Best and Worst of the 2014 New York International Auto Show

Best and Worst of the 2014 New York International Auto Show

Okay, folks, the 2014 New York International Auto Show is in the books, and we saw more debuts than we could even keep up with. We saw all of the big boys come with at least one key addition to their lineups, but we also had a few misses. For example. we were hoping to see the Hellcat option for the Challenger and Charger, and some extra information on the next-gen Miata — not just a glimpse at its chassis — neither of which happened.

As with every year, we are set to bring you the best and worst of the NYIAS, but we’re changing things up a bit. This year, each of our esteemed staffers has chosen their favorite and least favorite of the show and let you know why they loved or hated each one — some of us even had complete opposite opinions. Included in the list below is the Dart-ized Charger, the even-more-retro Challenger, a concept from Land Rover and even a "dirt cheap" Aston Martin.

There were a lot of vehicles to choose from, and we may have missed one that you loved or hated. Let us know in the comments below what car you loved or hated the most from the 2014 NYIAS.

Click past the jump to read about our favorite and least favorite debuts in New York.

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TopSpeed Podcast Episode 007 - New York Extravaganza

TopSpeed Podcast Episode 007 - New York Extravaganza

Hey there boys and girls. It’s Thursday, and you know what that means; the next episode of the TopSpeed Podcast is here! Bonus piece of news, the TopSpeed.com Podcast is now also available on iTunes. If you like the show, be sure to give us a rating or a review over there. It makes us look good, and feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

New York has been a crazy-busy show this year, so we are changing things up for this week’s episode to get you guys as much news as we can.

For starters, we are skipping the Weekly Wheels segment this week and jumping straight into news. Don’t worry, it is coming back next week and we have some cool cars to discuss then, including the mighty Nissan GT-R.

Also, there is no video cast this week, but it will be back next week. I had some difficulties with the video recording equipment, and we lost about 65-percent of the video feed.

While we didn’t get a chance to hit all of the big news, and lots of it was breaking as we were recording, we did do our best to hit some of our favorite announcements so far like the new Golf SportWagon Concept, the Corvette Z06 Convertible and the Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT. We also touch on the new Camry, a Land Rover concept and much more. We even find some time to talk about the Saleen-tuned Tesla Model S.

We still found time to answer all your great questions, and the Q & A can be found just after the news. Keep those great questions coming, guys. Click "play" below or above to hear this week’s Podcast.

We hope everyone enjoyed this weeks show, and we will be returning next week with a more traditional format show, and we will also cover more NY Auto Show news. If you have a favorite new car announcement that you want to hear us talk about, hit the comments, drop us a line on Twitter or hit up our email Podcast@TopSpeed.com.

We will see you next Thursday.

Hosts: Christian Moe, Justin Cupler, Mark McNabb

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2014 Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept

2014 Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept

The Land Rover brand is on the brink of renaissance; a future laid out with a structured purpose that includes no less than three sub-categories and levels of refinement and off-road abilities — and it’s all starting with this, the Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept.

Just one day before the New York Auto Show officially kicks off, Land Rover pulled the covers off its newest design and road map for the company’s future. The overarching plan includes creating three sub brands with individual vehicles under each. It will be a lot like what the Range Rover brand has already done with its multiple models.

Range Rover will soldier on filling the luxury segment while the Land Rover Discovery lineup will fill the ‘leisure’-oriented rolls and a new lineup under the Defender nameplate will cater to the hard-core off-roaders and keep the Land Rover tradition alive of blazing trails in far-off regions of the world while (hopefully) being accessible to every market, including the U.S.

Besides announcing the new corporate structuring, Land Rover is heralding in its new design language with the Discovery Vision Concept. The new look still has lingering cues from the LR4 that it replaces and the more upscale Range Rovers, but overall, the look is totally fresh. Included under is silvery skin are acres of new technologies and innovative features that set the SUV – and the brand – on a level above. Such things as gesture controls, its ‘transparent’ hood, and the first ever remote-control drive.

Click past the jump for the full rundown on all the new features

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Video: Land Rover Reveals its Transparent Bonnet Concept

Video: Land Rover Reveals its Transparent Bonnet Concept

Pioneering technology is a phrase that’s being thrown around rather loosely in the auto industry these days. But every so often, it applies to something that could potentially be really groundbreaking. For its part, Land Rover seems to think that it has something groundbreaking with the world’s first Transparent Bonnet concept.

Really, the name of this new technology is pretty self-explanatory. The bonnet, or hood, as we like to call it here, allows what Land Rover explains as a "new level of driver awareness". What that means is the hood provides a "see-through" augmented-reality view of the terrain ahead, making it easier for drivers to navigate around less-than-ideal conditions.

Land Rover accomplished this by putting cameras in the Discover Concept’s grille to capture data that will then be fed to a Head-Up Display inside the cabin of the vehicle. With it, the driver can see an unobstructed "see-through" view of the terrain. It’s never before done in the industry, making it that much more intriguing for everybody, us included.

The Transparent Bonnet concept is expected to be shown at the 2014 New York Auto Show with the Discovery Vision Concept. Rest assured, we’re going to keep a close eye on this new technology and see where Land Rover takes it from here.

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2014 New York Auto Show Preview

2014 New York Auto Show Preview

The 2014 New York International Auto Show is nearly upon us, with the media preview days set to kick off on April 16 before the grand event opens its doors to the public on April 18. More than 50 vehicles will be on display at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, just about anything from city cars to heavy-duty trucks and track-prepped race cars. About 14 global debuts are expected to happen at NYIAS, with six more vehicles to show their metal to North American enthusiasts for the very first time.

Dodge, Ford, Acura, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche are all set to shows us their latest creations, be it new-generation cars or facelifted versions of existing automobiles. As usual, we’ll be providing you with tons of information from New York, so be on the lookout for more details and in-depth reviews on the most recent apparitions on the automotive horizon.

Meanwhile, we compiled a list with the most important cars and SUV set to be unveiled next week. While some are still under wraps, others have been revealed and detailed ahead of their world debut.

Click past the jump for the 2014 New York Auto Show Preview.

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2016 Land Rover Baby Discovery R-S

2016 Land Rover Baby Discovery R-S

The teaser that Land Rover showed at the Geneva Motor Show was billed as "a sign of things to come" for the new Discovery. And while no announcements have been made on what kind of look the new Discovery will sport, this new batch of spy shots of the Baby Discovery could be what all that teasing was alluding to.

The recent demise of the Freelander name opened the door for the Discovery to have a more prominent role in the Land Rover lineup, and it appears that these new spy photos indicate what could be that long-rumored Baby Discovery, albeit one that’s sportier-looking than those Baby Discovery spy shots we showed back in January.

Before we jump to any conclusions, it’s important to note that the heavy camo makes it rather difficult to make out some elements of the SUV. But there is some noticeable styling, particularly the massive air intakes on the front, the Evoque-like headlights and that massive front grille, which could also point to a more performance-oriented version of the Baby Discovery that carries the R-S badge.

Something tells us there’s still more than what meets the eye with this Baby Discovery, and judging by how much Land Rover is slow-playing this, it wouldn’t shock us to see more spy photos of this vehicle ahead of its debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show later this year.

Update 3/12/2014 @ 5:25 p.m.: Our spy photographer just informed us that this may also be a mule for the upcoming Jaguar SUV. According to his source, the license plate matched up to a Jaguar plate, but he could not officially confirm it.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Land Rover Baby Discovery R-S.

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Video: Land Rover Announces New Discovery Family in Geneva

Video: Land Rover Announces New Discovery Family in Geneva

We’ve known this for quite some time now through rumors and industry rumblings, but it was never confirmed until now; Land Rover will create a new sub-brand called the "Discovery" and launch the new lineup to fill this sub-brand starting in 2015. To put this into perspective, this is precisely what the maker has done with its Range Rover lineup: Range Rover Evoque, Range Rover Sport and Range Rover.

We didn’t receive any real details on what’s in store for the new Discovery lineup, as Land Rover only confirmed its plans. Figuring out part of the plans, however, is not too hard. The Discovery lineup is going to be the more laid-back of the Land Rover lines, and will include the baby Land Rover that we’ve caught testing before — the likely replacement for the LR2 — a replacement for the larger LR4, and finally an Evoque-sized or smaller compact crossover.

The new Discovery lineup will ride on the Range Rover’s aluminum chassis that is resized to fit each model.

So, this means that we will soon have the Range Rover luxury line and the Discovery leisure lineup, but that leaves a big gap in the utility segment. Don’t fret though, because we hear that Land Rover is planning to use the Defender name for the utility-style models in its revised lineup.

This not only simplifies the Land Rover lineup for buyers, as they can now pick a Land Rover that precisely suits their needs, but it also puts all of the other luxury SUV makers on notice that Land Rover has the guns locked and loaded, and it’s coming for blood this time...

My only fear is that Land Rover may dilute its brand a little too much by releasing too many models, but by breaking things up into smaller sub-brands, it may be able to avoid the confusion caused when automakers release too many of one type of vehicle.

Stay tuned to TopSpeed.com for updates on this Land Rover shuffling.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Land Rover Baby Discovery.

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