Land Rover reworks its flagship for 2017

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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.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Land Rover Discovery.


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  • Enjoys new styling with retro cues
  • More aerodynamic than previous LR4
  • Outstand off-road capabilities
  • Available appearance package

The newness of the 2017 Discovery is instantly apparent. Gone is the squarish look of the previous Discovery, known here in the U.S. as the LR4. The new Disco takes after the Range Rover Sport, now wearing a more rounded, flowing design that surely helps with aerodynamic efficiency. The Disco still has cues that tie its lineage back to the original 1989 Discovery, including the stepped roof and offset rear license plate.

The 2017 Discovery has a more modern grille and fascia, including more sporty air intakes and integrated fog lights next to the faux skid plate

Up front, the 2017 Discovery has a more modern grille and fascia, including more sporty air intakes and integrated fog lights next to the faux skid plate. The smallish upper grille features the typical Land Rover mesh with the small green and silver badge. The headlights are now LED units with distinctive LED daytime running lights. Like before, big chrome lettering along the hood lets everyone know what vehicle this is.

Around the side, the doors have a large amount of surface area, broken up by the black rocker panel paint and the accent line running from the fender vent rearward to the taillights. The greenhouse area is comparatively small, but still offers plenty of glass for good visibility. The C-pillar has an unusual design, kinking forward to meet the roof. That’s also the location where the step rises up to offer more headroom for third-row passengers.

Out back, the Discovery has narrow taillights with clear lenses and red internal lenses to create the brake lights. The tailgate sports the iconic offset license plate and large block lettering that reads “DISCOVRY.” Sadly, I don’t think the offset plate design fits the Discovery’s new symmetrical design and seems out of place. It does, however, afford the tailgate to open in split-level form, just like the last Discovery. The upper portion of the hatch opens upward, while the lower portion folds down like a pickup’s tailgate. This makes for a great place to sit and an easy load-in level for cargo.

The lower black fascia at the front bumper runs rearward over the wheel wells, at the bottom of the doors, and meets at the rear for a rugged look. Another faux skid plate resides back here as well, toughening up the Discovery’s appearance.

New For 2018

Nothing major changes in the new Discovery’s second year, though there are some new color options. Bryon Blue is added to the existing exterior colors. Discos with the Dynamic and Black Packs can also choose to have a body-colored roof. In 2017, the roof was only offered as a two-tone option, with Corris Grey and Narvik Black being the choices. Thankfully, Land Rover isn’t charging for these options.

Side-by-side comparison

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  • Improved in-dash technology for 2018
  • New digital gauge cluster for higher trims
  • 82.7 cubic-feet of cargo room with rear rows folded
  • Three rows fit seven real-sized adults
  • Optional chiller box in center console
The steering wheel and gauge cluster are also pulled from the Range Rover line, making the Discovery feel more luxurious than it ever has

Like the outside, the Discovery’s interior takes after the Range Rover lineup, sporting a similar design and layout. A large center console splits the horizontal dash. The steering wheel and gauge cluster are also pulled from the Range Rover line, making the Discovery feel more luxurious than it ever has.

Some things haven’t changed, however. The Discovery still has seating for seven full-size adults in three rows of seats. The stepped roof allows for outstanding headroom in all positions and the folding seats offer flexibility between people and cargo capacity. Fold the rear two rows flat, and the Discovery can swallow 82.7 cubic feet of cargo. Land Rover says it designed the seats to fit adults in the 95th percentile.

When it comes to folding those seats, Land Rover has its innovative Intelligent Seat Fold system that utilizes a connected smart device to remotely lower or raise the rear seats. In fact, Land Rover employed the help of adventurer Bear Grylls to wildly demonstrate the system by raising the seats from is Apple device while parachuting from a plane.

Opening and operating the Discovery is an easy task thanks to JLR’s new Activity Key wristband. It takes the idea of a remote key fog one step further and incorporates it into a waterproof wristband. This frees the driver’s pockets of bulky keys that can get lost or soaked with water.

Yet another cool feature is the HVAC system. At first glance, the HVAC controls look ordinary – and in reality they are – but behind the controls is a hidden storage compartment big enough for cell phones, keys, and wallets. Passengers will love the nine USB ports and six 12-volt power outlets scattered throughout the cabin, along with the center console large enough to fit five tablet computers.

New for 2018

The Discovery receives some welcomed technology updates for 2018. The 10-inch InControl Touch Pro system is now standard on all trim levels. The system sees its Wi-Fi connectivity upgraded from 3G to 4G, making Internet speeds much faster. The HSE and HSE Luxury trims go one step further by getting Land Rover’s 12.3-inch Interactive Driver Display screen in place of the analog gauge cluster and small driver information screen. The screen is a direct trickle-down from Range Rover.

The HSE and HSE Luxury trim levels also can upgrade to the Land Rover’s new, second-generation Head-Up Display. The system is roughly 2.5 times larger than the outgoing HUD and will display speed, traffic sign recognition, Adaptive Cruise Control, gear selection, 4x4i and navigation information, and driver assistance system warnings. And speaking of driver assistance features, the Emergency Braking system is now standard equipment rather than an optional extra.

Side-by-side comparison

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Drivetrain & Suspension

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  • Standard 3.0-liter supercharged V-6
  • Optional 3.0-liter Td6 turbodiese lV-6
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Up to 26 mpg highway
  • Full-time 4WD controlled by Terrain Response 2
  • Adjustable air suspension
  • Maxium towing of 8,201 pounds
The Discovery uses a longitudinally oriented powertrain layout, meaning it has a rear-drive bias

We expected Land Rover to update the drivetrain options for the 2017 Discovery, but instead, we are left with the carryover engine choices and single transmission offering. That’s fine, though, as both engines offer outstanding power and efficiency. Match that with the 1,000-pound drop in weight, and the 2017 Disco offers vastly improved driving dynamics and performance. Nothing changes for 2018, either.

The standard engine is the carryover 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 gas engine that offers 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. Optionally, the 3.0-liter V-6 turbodiesel can be had. Called the Td6, it cranks out 254 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. Both engines come mated to the ZF eight-speed automatic transmission.

The Discovery uses a longitudinally oriented powertrain layout, meaning it has a rear-drive bias. Power is sent to the front axle as determined by the Terrain Response 2 system and traction control.

When it comes to technology meeting utility, the new Discovery has that down, too. It features a trailer-backing system similar to Ford’s Pro Trailer Backup Assist. In the Disco, it’s called Advanced Tow Assist and it allows the driver to forego figuring out how to counter-steer while backing a trailer. The driver simply turns the Terrain Response knob in the direction he wants the trailer to travel and the computer progressively controls the electronic steering. Old-school guys might scoff, but those new to trailer towing will likely love having the added feature. As mentioned above, the Discovery can now tow up to 8,201 pounds.

Then of course is Land Rover Terrain Response 2 system. It offers computerized control over the 4WD system to maximize off-road capability. Its five settings include Normal, Snow, Mud, Sand, and Rock. An Auto mode allows the computer to select what mode it thinks is best based on the driving conditions. Downhill decent control and low-range gears further give the 4WD system all the capability most drivers will ever need. In association with the Terrain Response system, the Discovery features an air suspension that raises and lowered depending on the TR2 setting. Maxed out, the Discovery has 11.1 inches of ground clearance and can ford water up to 35.4 inches deep. That’s impressive.

New for 2018

Nothing technically changes in the drivetrain department, but Land Rover has made the 3.0-liter Td6 turbodiesel V-6 available on all trim levels, including the base SE. In 2017, only the HSE and HSE Luxury could be optionally equipped with the Td6. Fuel economy stats and power outputs remain the same as 2017.


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The 2017 Land Rover Discovery began selling in North America in mid-2017 with a starting price of $49,990. This actually represented a drop in price by $1,000 over the LR4. Of course, Land Rover (like every automaker) has increased its prices year over year. For 2018, the Discovery SE starts at $52,090. Getting the Td6 in the SE is a $2,000 option. The Td6’s price stays the same for the HSE and HSE Luxury trims, pushing the sticker price up by two grand.

2018 Model Engine Transmission MSRP
SE 3.0L S/C Gas V6 ZF 8-Speed Auto $52,090
SE Td6 3.0L T/C Diesel V6 ZF 8-Speed Auto $54,090
HSE 3.0L S/C Gas V6 ZF 8-Speed Auto $58,790
HSE Td6 3.0L T/C Diesel V6 ZF 8-Speed Auto $60,490
HSE Luxury 3.0L S/C Gas V6 ZF 8-Speed Auto $65,490
HSE Luxury Td6 3.0L T/C Diesel V6 ZF 8-Speed Auto $67,490


Volvo XC90

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All new for the 2016 model year, Volvo’s popular XC90 moves well into the 21st century with an outstandingly handsome design and a gorgeous interior that wouldn’t look out of place in a Rolls Royce. Its digital gauge cluster and iPad-like infotainment screen are well designed and are powered by some of the most intuitive software seen in a vehicle. Interior comfort is far ahead of its class competitors and its new slew of powertrains offer excellent power and fuel efficiently.

The drawback to the XC90 compared to the Discovery is its on-road-only suspension and AWD system. Sure, the XC90 will power through deep Swedish snowdrifts and over icy roads, but don’t expect the Volvo to rock crawl or traverse the jungles of South America.

Read more about the 2016 Volvo XC90 [art120174]

Audi Q7

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Like the Volvo, the Q7 is more of an on-road-only SUV. Redesigned for the 2016 model year, the Audi offers three rows of seating, two powerful engines, and one engaging design. The updated looks bring the six-sided Audi grille and LED-encrusted headlights into modern times. Also modern is its construction; more than 700 pounds has been cut from its curb weight.

The new Q7 gets a similar all-digital dash, though it incorporates more than just gauges. Google Maps with satellite views show where to navigate. A completely redesigned interior surrounds the gauge cluster, thankfully replacing the aging (and rather plasticly) interior of the previous generation Q7.

Read more about the 2016 Audi Q7 [art114296]


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The 2017 Land Rover Discovery was a huge jump forward in terms of technology, innovation, and design and the 2018 model continues that push. While it does lose some of its squared-off, rugged appearance, it continues to offer all the off-road capability as before, as well as improved towing capacity, ground clearance, water fording, and fuel efficiency. That should be a win-win in anybody’s book.

Jaguar Land Rover has certainly bee stepping up its game over the past several years and the fifth-generation Discovery continues that trend. Its fresh design, swanky interior, and aluminum construction certainly make for attention-grabbing headlines. We like what the new Discovery has become, but what about you? Let us know in the comments below. Be sure to read our driven review of the 2017 Discovery, as well.

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    • Off-set rear license plate seems odd on new body style
    • Prices rise for 2018

Update History

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Update 09/06/2016: Land Rover has released new teaser images of the Discovery’s front end. This is the first time the Discovery’s new design language can be seen without obstruction. There is also a rather interesting picture timeline showing the evolution of Land Rover’s premier SUV.

Update 05/26/2016: New spy shots have captured the Discovery’s updated interior, along with a few new details on the front fascia. The new Disco was spotted on the Nürburgring during performance testing.

Update 02/03/2016: New spy shots have arrived showing the Land Rover Discovery trudging through the snow. This test mule wears the same camouflage as the last tester our photographer spotted, meaning JLR is still keeping the 2017 Disco under heavy wraps. (Pun intended)

Update 01/08/2016: We’ve updated the article with photos of the Discovery Vision concept and speculation as to what the 2017 Discovery will look like.

Update 10/04/2016: Land Rover has officially debuted the 2017 Discovery. It continues with its three-row layout, but is completely new from headlights to hitch. Powertrain options carryover, however. Keep reading for the full run-down.

Teaser Image

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The first official photograph of the next-generation Discovery shows a far more contemporary SUV with sculpted lines, an aggressive stance, and little ties to the past. In fact, there’s almost no resemblance to the outgoing Discovery seen here. That’s all well and good, since many in the industry consider the retro theme to be dead. No more harking back to the past for design inspiration. It’s clear the design team focuses on writing a new script for the next-gen Disco.

The new look is also far more upscale. The headlights appear feature modern technology like LEDs and HIDs, while smaller lights ride down low just ahead of the tires. Speaking of tires, the stance seen on the new Disco is outlandishly wide. The bodywork is sculpted so as to maximize approach angle while still keeping aerodynamics in check. A faux skid plate colored in satin chrome helps keep the off-roading theme alive while likely providing very little in the way of protection from off-road obstacles. Nevertheless, the look is clean.

Land Rover has scheduled the official debut for September 28, 2016 at the Paris Motor Show.

Spy Shots

May 26, 2016 - 2017 Land Rover Discovery reveals its interior

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February 3, 2016 - 2017 Land Rover Discovery caught playing on the snow

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October 30, 2015 - 2017 Land Rover Discovery testing public roads in Germany

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Press Release

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
New Land Rover Discovery on sale from Spring 2017 priced from £43,495 (OTR)

The Seven Wonders of Discovery:

Seven principles describe the essence of Discovery and have guided its creation:

1. The Magnificent Seven: every seat is the best seat in the house

Flexible interior provides seven full-sized adult seats, instantly configurable from your smartphone using the world-first remote Intelligent Seat Fold technology

2. A much loved member of the family: keeping you safe for the last 26 years

Semi-autonomous safety technology provides the family peace of mind
Premium interior combines leading design with durable, high-quality materials and space for the whole family

3. King of the hill: unstoppable on all surfaces, all terrains and in all weathers

Land Rover’s full-sized SUV architecture delivers world-beating all-terrain capability
Lightweight aluminium construction saves 480kg, delivering enhanced efficiency and CO2 emissions from 171g/km
Super clean Ingenium family grows with adoption of 240PS, four-cylinder diesel engine with 500Nm of torque
Towing king: best-in-class 3,500kg towing capacity and semi-autonomous Advanced Tow Assist take the stress out of difficult reversing manoeuvres

4. British creativity: designed with charm & sophistication loved by the world

Design retains key Discovery family cues, adding optimised proportions and sophisticated surfaces

5. Storage addiction: discover the space for everything

Up to 2,406 litres of luggage space with seven seats as standard in the UK and clever storage for 21st century family essentials

6. Connects every generation: Ingenious features that make life easier

Digital Discovery equipped with up to nine USB ports, four 12-volt charging points and an in-car 3G WiFi hotspot for up to eight devices

7. After the roads end: reaching threatened habitats and vulnerable people

New Discovery will continue Land Rover’s work in humanitarian aid and conservation projects around the world

Whitley, UK, 28 September 2016 – The New Discovery embodies Land Rover’s drive to go Above and Beyond, combining British desirability with an unstoppable spirit of adventure. It’s an authentic, three-row, seven-seat SUV with unbeatable capability and versatility.

Everyday ingenuity has been at the heart of the Discovery attracting more than 1.2 million customers over the last 27 years.

The fifth-generation model benefits from Land Rover’s strong, safe and light full-size SUV architecture, delivering comfort and adaptability like no other.

Jaguar Land Rover UK Managing Director, Jeremy Hicks said: “Demand for Discovery has always been strong in our home market; the New Discovery will build on this, offering customers the most complete all-round SUV package available anywhere today. The new vehicle takes absolutely everything that is great about Discovery from its design, its versatility, its go anywhere, do anything credentials and builds on them to make it better in every way.

“Our retailers have been really excited to start talking about it; customer interest has exceeded all expectations already with a strong mix of new customers interested in the brand. With the addition of the Ingenium 2.0 litre engine, we’re also looking forward to talking to more fleet and business users across the country.”

The New Discovery is for the digital age. Ingenious technology keeps families safe, connected and confident on all surfaces, all terrains and in all weathers to ensure every destination is reached.

Gerry McGovern, Land Rover’s Chief Design Officer said: “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. We truly believe the result is a radical departure in design that will introduce the Discovery Family to a new, wider customer base.”

Revolutionary design

New Discovery was previewed by the Discovery Vision Concept, which showcased the future direction of the entire Discovery family when it debuted at the New York Auto Show in 2014, and represents a radical departure for Land Rover’s most versatile SUV. The revolutionary design gives Discovery a dynamic appearance with sophisticated surfaces and precisely engineered details designed to resonate with customers on an emotional level.

Gerry McGovern, Land Rover’s Chief Design Officer said: “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. 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.”

The Discovery family has always had a spirit of adventure and the new model provides a dramatic reinterpretation of Discovery’s 27 years of heritage and practical DNA with a sophisticated design that pays homage to previous models without being restrained by them.

Trademark design features include the stepped roofline, which has identified each of the four previous generations of Discovery and provides an elegant solution to a practical need. The stepped profile optimises headroom for passengers travelling in the third row of seats. It also accommodates Discovery’s customary stadium seating configuration, which sees each row of seats positioned higher than the one in front, ensuring every seat is the best seat in the house.

Land Rover’s design and engineering integrity ensures New Discovery is able to accommodate seven full-sized adults in an SUV body measuring less than five metres in length (4,970mm). Most similar-sized competitors provide 5+2 seating but New Discovery is designed for 95th percentile adults to sit comfortably in its rearmost seats, providing complete interior flexibility. Both third-row seats incorporate ISOFIX mounting points (five in total in SE models and above), so families have the freedom to put child seats in the most appropriate seat for any journey.

The interior of New Discovery continues the design revolution started by the Discovery Sport, where customers can specify a range of premium materials including luxurious Windsor leather upholstery and natural oak veneers.

The limited-run ‘First Edition’ model showcases the very best of New Discovery. Only 600 examples will be available in the UK 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.

The optional Dynamic Design Pack gives New Discovery a more purposeful, stealth-like appearance both inside and out, with features including a contrast roof, athletic front and rear bumper designs, luxurious leather upholstery and a sports-inspired steering wheel and pedals setting it apart.

Connecting every generation of the family

New Discovery provides world-first Intelligent Seat Fold technology, allowing customers to reconfigure the second- and third-row seats with minimal effort using controls at the rear of the vehicle, the central touchscreen and even remotely via a smartphone app as part of the InControl Touch Pro Services.

The innovative feature allows owners to rearrange the seats from inside a shop while they queue to pay for large or bulky items, ensuring the vehicle is perfectly configured to accommodate their purchases.

All three rows are available with heated seats – heated and cooled in rows one and two – while massage seats are available for the driver and front passenger to optimise comfort on long journeys.

Enjoying the spacious interior of New Discovery is made easier by another thoughtful Land Rover innovation. Auto Access Height technology reduces the ride-height by up to 40mm as passengers prepare to enter or exit the vehicle.

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.

Crisp graphics and easy-to-navigate menus incorporate the latest navigation and entertainment technologies including door-to-door navigation, which can share directions to a paired smartphone to help customers complete journeys on foot. Seamless iOS and Android connectivity combine with a 14-speaker Meridian digital surround system, with an additional subwoofer, and 3G WiFi to provide the ultimate listening experience, whether streaming songs online or playing music directly from a connected device.

Up to four 12V charging points ensure New Discovery is perfectly equipped to cope with the demands of the most connected families, while as many as nine USB sockets (on HSE Luxury models or when Rear Seat Entertainment is fitted) allow passengers in each row to power their smartphones or tablets simultaneously.

Another technology feature for active families is Land Rover’s state-of-the-art Activity Key wristband, which allows customers to enjoy sports and active hobbies without carrying the standard key fob. Holding the waterproof Activity Key up to the ‘D’ in the Discovery badge on the tailgate simultaneously locks the vehicle and disables the ordinary key, which can be left safely inside. This leaves customers free to run, swim, ride or play sports without worrying about the security of their vehicle.

Stowage addiction

At every stage of its development Land Rover has designed New Discovery around the needs of its customers. This is evident when you look around the cabin. Land Rover’s design and engineering teams have an addiction to stowage, which has resulted in a host of convenient interior storage solutions for modern families, including:

Hidden cubby stowage in the central console capable of holding four iPads or a pair of two-litre drinks bottles.
A central armrest cubby large enough to house five iPad minis with a lid that hinges through 180 degrees to function as an armrest even when open
Hidden small-item stowage behind the fold-down Climate Control panel
A flush-fitting push-operated ‘curry hook’ in the front passenger footwell capable of securing carrier bags

The effort put into developing New Discovery’s first-rate cabin stowage has been matched by the thought put into its luggage space. The premium SUV provides up to 2,406 litres of load capacity, or up to 1,137 litres behind row two, and the new dual-purpose Powered Inner Tailgate provides all the versatility expected from a vehicle wearing the Discovery badge.

When raised, the fold-down panel at the leading edge of the load area operates as a practical load restraint, but when lowered the 285mm overhanging section doubles as a bench for event seating or changing muddy footwear, all under the shelter provided by the new one-piece tailgate. This simple device replicates, and enhances the functionality of the horizontally split tailgate fitted to previous generations of Discovery.

Comfort and capability

New Discovery retains renowned Land Rover all-terrain capability thanks to its combination of excellent off-road geometry and advanced technology, while improving its everyday usability.

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. Land Rover’s multi-mode Terrain Response 2 system optimises a range of settings, from throttle sensitivity to gear change characteristics, to suit the driving conditions at the turn of a rotary controller – and can even select the optimum setting automatically if drivers are unsure of the best choice.

When tackling particularly challenging terrain, All-Terrain Progress Control (ATPC) can be programmed to autonomously maintain a suitable crawl speed chosen by the driver. The clever technology allows the driver to concentrate solely on steering the vehicle as they negotiate obstacles, without the distraction of operating the throttle or brake pedals, and can also be used from a standstill to help when pulling away on slippery surfaces.

On-road performance is enhanced by Land Rover’s proven lightweight and durable aluminium monocoque architecture, which contributes to a 480kg weight saving compared to steel ladder construction. Land Rover’s advanced integral link rear suspension delivers superior handling characteristics without compromising the superb ride comfort that has defined successive generations of the Discovery family.

Land Rover’s trademark Command Driving Position also allows customers to enjoy New Discovery’s enhanced breadth of capability in complete confidence, irrespective of the road and weather conditions, by providing excellent visibility.

This confidence extends to towing capability, which has been a hallmark of every generation of Discovery since it was used to tow a train at its original launch in 1989. With a maximum towing capacity at a class-leading 3,500kg, Land Rover has developed clever technology to make the Discovery’s towing ability more accessible than ever.

Advanced Tow Assist is an ingenious development, which allows drivers to complete potentially difficult reversing manoeuvres when towing trailers, caravans and horseboxes with ease.

Even absolute novices will be able to park using the clever system as it takes care of the tricky counter-steering required to position trailers accurately when reversing. The driver can simply guide the trailer into the desired space using the rotary controller for the Terrain Response 2 system. To make the job even easier, responsive guidance lines overlaid on the feed from the rear-facing camera are displayed on the central touchscreen, taking the stress out of an otherwise tricky task.

Effortless efficiency

New Discovery is powered by Jaguar Land Rover’s efficient range of four and six cylinder petrol and diesel engines, all paired with a smooth and responsive ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox. They include:

The award-winning twin-turbo Sd4 Ingenium four-cylinder diesel produces 240PS with an impressive 500Nm of torque and fuel economy of 43.5mpg and CO2 emissions of 171g/km.
Six-cylinder diesel power comes from the 258PS Td6, which delivers 600Nm of torque for strong performance, pulling power and efficiency.
For petrol customers, Land Rover’s advanced 340PS supercharged petrol 3.0-litre V6, the Si6, provides 450Nm of torque to deliver relaxed performance and capability.


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Public Relations Manager, Land Rover UK
M: 07795 666 169

Tracey Tompsett
Senior Press Officer, Land Rover UK
M: 07469 032 064

Rebecca Wright
Press Officer, Land Rover UK
M: 07469 025162

Editors Note:

Since 1948 Land Rover has been manufacturing authentic 4x4s that represent true breadth of capability across the model range. Discovery, Discovery Sport, Range Rover, Range Rover Sport and Range Rover Evoque each define the world’s 4x4 sectors. Land Rover products are currently sold in approximately 180 global markets.

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1.0 New Discovery Design
1.1 Radical design
1.2 Sophisticated detailing
1.3 Key design features
1.4 Designed from the inside out
1.5 Versatility as standard
1.6 Class-leading space for seven adults
1.7 First Edition launch model
1.8 Dynamic Design Pack
2.0 Engineering excellence and technology
2.1 New technology and convenience features
2.2 Advanced all-aluminium platform
2.3 State-of-the-art engines
2.4 Enhanced on-road and class-leading all-terrain capability
2.5 Advanced towing technology and expertise
2.6 Cutting-edge safety technology
2.7 Engineered and manufactured in the UK


New Discovery combines a radical new exterior design with a highly versatile seven-seat interior. The result is a revolutionary family SUV that brings new levels of sophistication, desirability and capability to the Discovery family.

Previewed by the 2014 Discovery Vision Concept, New Discovery incorporates key elements of the established Discovery DNA in a revelatory design, while intelligent packaging ensures its can accommodate seven adults in greater comfort than ever before.

Gerry McGovern, Land Rover’s Chief Design Officer said: “The Discovery Vision Concept set the tone, alluding to a radical departure in design for the new Discovery family. Now, we have turned that concept into a production reality, this beautifully proportioned vehicle is a highly versatile family SUV that makes a compelling statement to our customers.”

1.1 Revolutionary design

New Discovery looks very different but is still unmistakably a Discovery. Sophisticated surfaces and optimised proportions combine with beautiful detailing and enhanced precision to create a highly capable and versatile SUV with a more dynamic design than ever before.

Authentic Discovery design features include the distinctive stepped roofline, which has identified each of the four previous generations of Discovery and provides an elegant solution to a practical need.

At the front, New Discovery’s sculpted surfaces, jewel-like headlamps and a faster windscreen angle break with Discovery tradition and the state-of-the-art daytime running lamps deliver a modern appearance with a distinctive new light signature.

In profile, the bodysides highlight the optimised volumes and proportions of New Discovery, while the wheelarch graphic echoes Discovery Sport with its distinctive castellations visually ‘locking’ the wheelarches to the vehicle body. The new form language features pronounced, yet smoothly contoured wheelarches, giving New Discovery a planted, more dynamic appearance.

The streamlined design ensures New Discovery is the most aerodynamic Discovery yet, with a drag coefficient from 0.33 contributing to improved efficiency and refinement.

At the back, the LED rear lamps have a horizontal emphasis, giving New Discovery a more sporty appearance, while the new one-piece tailgate delivers a more dynamic rear design that would not have been possible with the previous split arrangement. Its rounded profile integrates seamlessly with the body sides and provides numerous practical benefits.

A larger opening makes loading and unloading luggage easier than before and the larger tailgate provides improved shelter from the elements when raised. A carefully shaped rear spoiler has also been honed in the wind tunnel and plays a significant role in minimising dirt accumulating on the tailgate, optimising rear visibility without compromising aerodynamic performance.

Massimo Frascella, Creative Director Exterior, said: “New Discovery is a design revolution for the Discovery family. The taut bodywork highlights the optimised volume and proportions that deliver a premium SUV. We have incorporated key elements of existing Discovery DNA, such as the stepped roof line and distinctive C-pillar design, and refined them for the 21st Century ensuring it is still clearly recognisable as a Discovery.”

1.2 Premium detailing

New Discovery is available with optional adaptive LED headlamp technology. The jewel-like LED units provide a characterful lamp signature that closely follows the bold design previewed by the Discovery Vision Concept. On SE trim levels upwards, this includes distinctive daytime running lights with ‘lightpipe’ elements, which turn from white to amber when the directional-indicators are used.

The headlamps feature five modes to suit different driving situations; Country, Town, Motorway, Alternative Country (for low visibility) and High Beam, as seven clusters of LEDs illuminate in different combinations to optimise lighting depending on the conditions.

An extensive choice of 17 different colourways is available for New Discovery: Namib Orange, Silicon Silver, Fuji White, Santorini Black, Corris Grey, Indus Silver, Loire Blue, Aintree Green, Firenze Red, Scotia Grey, Kaikoura Stone, Montalcino Red, Yulong White, Farallon Black, Waitomo Grey, Carpathian Grey and Aruba. The option of a Santorini Black or Corris Grey contrast roof provides added scope for personalisation*.

Customers also have a choice of 12 alloy wheel designs including 21- and 22-inch rims for the first time. All models feature a full-sized spare wheel mounted under the body at the rear. A 19-inch wheel is also available.

A comprehensive range of accessories integrates seamlessly with New Discovery, including optional roof bars and roof rack attachments.

1.3 Key design features

New Discovery’s dramatic design represents a radical departure from previous models but retains established Discovery DNA. The trademark stepped roof and highly visible C-pillar are inspired by Discovery models of the past and distinguish the premium execution of New Discovery. The C-pillar design in particular gives the profile more drama and creates a design cue for the whole Discovery family.

The customary stepped roof is synonymous with Discovery and provides class-leading headroom in the third row of seats while a choice of panoramic roof options creates a feeling of space and light inside by bringing the outside in. The fixed design provides two separate sections and the largest ever glass area for a Land Rover roof, while the opening system provides a tilt-and-slide front section. Twin electric sunblinds provide shade and privacy when required.

Elegant side fender vents incorporate a horizontal, blade-like treatment that flows into the ‘V’-grooved feature line, another strong cue of the Discovery family. While the tailgate design has changed, an asymmetric licence plate recess provides a visual link to Discoverys of the past while Land Rover’s innovative new Powered Inner Tailgate delivers enhanced functionality.

The clever solution includes an additional fold-down panel inside the boot that fits snugly against the tailgate when shut. It can be used to retain luggage when the tailgate is opened, or folded down to provide event seating and easy access to the generous load area.

1.4 Designed from the inside out

New Discovery is a tour de force of modern design and quality materials, as well as a laser-like focus on the application of advanced technologies. Land Rover’s design and engineering teams have produced a seven-seat interior that provides improved space and versatility by careful analysis and optimisation of every aspect of its design.

Mark Butler, Creative Director Interior, said: “New Discovery’s revolutionary exterior encases a sophisticated, versatile and spacious interior. The central panel is highly refined, intersected by a strong vertical pillar that’s both clean and customer friendly. This is a prominent interior design cue of the Discovery family. The precise finishes and use of premium materials throughout give customers a relaxing experience and allows intuitive use of the advanced technology under the skin.”

Strong vertical elements clearly define the uncluttered central console design as they intersect the crossbeam of the facia, with minimal switchgear providing intuitive controls and reduced distractions for the driver. Configurable ambient lighting and the availability of contrast stitching give a luxurious, crafted feel to the entire cabin.

A wide choice of authentic material finishes are available throughout, from premium Windsor leather to Natural Shadow Oak veneer and the interior is available in a choice of five colourways***, from Ebony and Acorn to Nimbus, Vintage Tan and Glacier.

These high quality materials combine with the clever use of technology to deliver New Discovery’s unique blend of design excellence and engineering integrity. This is best expressed by Land Rover’s unique Intelligent Seat Fold function.

The clever system allows owners to reconfigure the second and third row seats using switches just inside the tailgate, the C-pillar, the infotainment touchscreen or even remotely using a smartphone.

1.5 Versatility as standard

Land Rover’s designers and engineers have used every spare millimetre of space to provide additional stowage throughout the interior. This addiction to storage is demonstrated by the 65 per cent increase in stowage space available for front passengers, including:

Upper (1.4 litres) and lower (1.1 litres) instrument panel stowage
Upper (4.8 litres) and lower (6.9 litres) glove boxes
Front (6.2 litres), mid (5.6 litres) and rear (1.2 litres) centre console stowage
Row 3 cubby boxes – 2.6 litres in total
Door stowage areas (front and rear, upper and lower) – 14.6 litres in total
Under luggage floor stowage – 127.4 litres (five seat)

The thoughtful touches extend to the climate control panel on the central console, which hides secret small-item stowage. The gloss black fold-down panel reveals 1.4-litres of hidden stowage space for smaller items such as a smartphone or wallet, while another hidden storage area in the centre console (below the cup holders) can accommodate four iPads or a pair of two-litre drinks bottles. The central armrest can hold up to five iPad minis or accommodate an optional freezer / chiller compartment.

Even the humble ‘curry hook’ – introduced on the original Discovery – has been reinvented for New Discovery. The new push-operated design on the side of the transmission tunnel in the front passenger footwell sits flush with the surrounding surface. Pushing against its spring-loaded surround exposes the hook and, when released, tightly secures carrier bag handles to ensure the contents remain upright.

Elsewhere, both front and rear passengers benefit from a large lower storage space that can accommodate a 2-litre bottle.

Further stowage solutions include double map pockets on the rear of the driver and front passenger seats while occupants travelling in the third row seats haven’t been forgotten. Individual storage areas on top of the rear side panels are available with a USB charging point. Cupholders are located to the side of the seat cushions in row three.

A total of up to four 12V sockets and as many as nine USB charging points (on HSE Luxury or when Rear Seat Entertainment is fitted) across all three rows of seats ensure New Discovery can comfortably cope with the demands of the most connected families, allowing passengers to power their smartphone or tablet simultaneously with its extensive combination of power supply options.

1.6 Class-leading space for seven adults

New Discovery measures 4,970mm long, 2,220mm wide (mirrors out) and 1,846mm tall, making it 141mm longer but both narrower and lower than before. Its 2,923mm wheelbase has increased by 38mm, creating generous cabin space, while the compact design of the advanced integral-link rear suspension system minimises body intrusion.

As a result, the second-row seats slide forwards and backwards by 160mm, allowing customers to optimise luggage space and rear legroom as required, as well as improving access to the third row.

Discovery’s trademark stadium seating is accommodated by its distinctive stepped roof and ensures all passengers enjoy excellent forward visibility and comfort. The rearmost seats have been designed to accommodate 95th percentile adults (males 1.90m tall), so comfort is assured in every seat.

Heated seats are available in the front, middle and, for the first time in the SUV sector, the third row, while a total of five ISOFIX mounting points (on SE models and above) make it possible to fit child seats in the rearmost row. Up front, heated and cooled climate seats with a massage function and 16-way adjustment are available.

1.7 First Edition launch model

To celebrate the launch of New Discovery, an exclusive First Edition model limited to only 600 examples in the UK will showcase some of the key design and technology features.

First Edition models are available in three striking exterior colour combinations and with two interior colourways, giving the very first customers a genuinely distinctive proposition. Bespoke details include aluminium interior trim on the facia and doors featuring an etched map motif in celebration of New Discovery’s British design and engineering credentials.

First Edition vehicles are available in Namib Orange with a black grille and detailing, Narvik Black contrast roof and 22-inch black wheels or Silicon Silver with the same black grille and detailing and 22-inch silver wheels. It is also available in Farallon Black with 22-inch silver wheels and black grille and detailing.

The rest of the range comprises S (available with SD4 engine only), SE, HSE and HSE Luxury derivatives, with an optional Black Design Pack available on all but S variants. Comprehensively equipped S models feature air suspension, twin speed transfer box, four-mode Terrain Response, 19-inch alloy wheels and two-zone manual climate control.

All SE models feature in addition: leather upholstery, satellite navigation, automatic climate control and upgraded audio while HSE trim provides Windsor leather upholstery, upgraded Meridian branded audio, connected navigation, fixed panoramic roof 20 inch alloy wheels and LED headlamps with front and rear signature lights.

Top of the range HSE Luxury derivatives add extended application of Windsor leather, 21-inch alloy wheels, electric opening sunroof with fixed rear panoramic sunroof and rear seat entertainment as standard among a host of advanced convenience and safety features.

1.8 Dynamic Design Pack

The new Dynamic Design Pack provides scope for greater personalisation on HSE and HSE Luxury models and includes a host of design enhancements.

Exterior features include a choice of optional 21- or 22-inch dark grey satin finish cast alloy wheels, a Black or Corris Grey contrast roof and distinctive new front and rear bumpers. The grille, fender vents and mesh, vehicle script and mirror caps are all finished in Narvik Black, while exterior badging is also deleted, providing a more stealth-like appearance.

The interior features a selection of upholstery finishes including New Reims Blue contrast pipe and stitching available with Nimbus and Ebony Windsor leather colourway, Windsor leather on the upper facia and door tops and dedicated carpet mats with Nubuck binding. The sports steering wheel, featuring contrast stitching, pedals and paddle gearshifts provide further dynamic enhancements.


Achieving the perfect balance of design and engineering integrity is core to the success of each and every new Land Rover. This engineering excellence is evident throughout New Discovery in features ranging from its innovative Intelligent Seat Fold technology to the range of modern Ingenium engines available from launch.

New Discovery has been engineered to deliver customary best-in-class Land Rover all-terrain capability with enhanced on-road dynamics and heightened levels of refinement and comfort. A comprehensive suite of driver assistance features and towing and safety technologies provides outstanding customer convenience and peace of mind.

Nick Rogers, Executive Director, Product Engineering, said: “New Discovery provides unrivalled practicality and versatility alongside supreme breadth of capability. Our continued drive of pioneering technologies, industry-leading lightweight aluminium architectures and new advanced engines ensure the new-look Discovery family appeals to consumers on multiple levels.”

A full programme of virtual testing procedures was completed before a physical prototype was even created. These virtual tests included extreme events such as sand dune impacts as well as conventional load bearing and stability analysis for towing or roof rack systems.

Once complete, Land Rover’s engineers set about completing more than 35,000 individual tests across all components and systems using physical prototypes. This comprehensive programme involved taking New Discovery to the most unforgiving locations on earth, from the extreme heat and dust of the Middle East to the plummeting temperatures of the Arctic Circle. This punishing test and development schedule ensures New Discovery has the durability and capability to meet the requirements of the most demanding customers.

2.1. New technology and convenience features

New Discovery is packed with innovative technology that provides more convenience, practicality and greater versatility than ever before. This includes a host of world and sector firsts including Intelligent Seat Fold and the new Activity Key.

Nick Collins, New Discovery Vehicle Line Director, said: “Every new system has been developed for a reason, to enhance the ownership experience, delivering greater convenience and versatility for our customers."

2.1.1 Intelligent Seat Fold

In an industry first, New Discovery features Intelligent Seat Fold technology. This allows the seats in rows two and three to be configured in four ways;

Switches within the luggage area allow the seats to be folded and unfolded at the touch of a button, while standing behind the vehicle.
A switchpack located on the C-pillar allows adjustment of third-row seats from the rear doors
The row two and three seats can be reconfigured using the main touchscreen display from inside the vehicle.
Seats can be adjusted remotely using Land Rover’s InControl Remote smartphone app technology, allowing customers to rearrange the seating layout before they reach the vehicle; for example from the checkout of a shop when purchasing large or bulky items.

This unique technology uses a series of small and efficient motors, which allow the third row seats to be folded in as little as 12 seconds. The seats in row two can be raised or lowered in 15 seconds. They also feature their own button (outside shoulder of the seat) allowing customers to individually raise or lower the seat back to get into and out of the third row.

To protect against crushing or tipping of items, the seats feature anti-pinch and stall detection technologies. Advanced weight sensors in the seats and the seat belt buckles are able to detect when a seat is occupied, only allowing movement if it is safe to do so. If the seat is folding and it detects an item, the fold will stop and the seat will unfold to protect against crushing. Alternatively, if the seat is folded flat with an item stored on top, the seat back will not raise. The intelligent system is also able to detect potential clashes between seats and will automatically re-adjust to prevent any collisions.

2.1.2 Unrivalled versatility

The flexible loadspace of New Discovery can be configured to carry items of all shapes and sizes with absolute ease and convenience. New Discovery provides more space than any of its direct rivals, with a total load volume of 1,137 litres behind the second-row seats. In this configuration there is enough space to fit a standard size washing machine in the boot thanks to the class-leading boot opening, which measures 854mm high and 1150mm wide.

If more space is needed for even larger, bulkier items, folding the row two seats provides up to 2,406-litres of carrying capacity. With all seven seats in place, the loadspace available is still a useful 258 litres – enough to carry a golf bag or as many as three cabin bags.

2.1.3 Powered Inner Tailgate

The Discovery family has always been synonymous with versatility and its design has changed through the generations to meet the developing needs of customers.

This is demonstrated by the new single-piece tailgate design, which replaces the previous horizontally split configuration introduced with the arrival of the third generation Discovery in 2004. The original 1989 Discovery featured a side-hinged rear door, so this aspect has constantly evolved to meet customers’ changing demands.

New Discovery’s single-piece tailgate is the ultimate 21st Century solution for modern families. When open it provides a wider aperture than before and improved shelter, affording greater protection against the elements for owners when using the load area at outdoor events or loading the shopping. To ensure customers are still able to enjoy all the benefits provided by the previous split tailgate, Land Rover’s has developed the new Powered Inner Tailgate.

This neat innovation incorporates an additional fold-down section that deploys when the tailgate is opened. The deployed 285mm long tailgate serves as impromptu event seating and is able to support a maximum load of 300kg, making it the perfect place to enjoy a tailgate picnic or to change out of muddy boots – all under the shelter of the tailgate.

Opening the boot using the key fob or gesture controls raises the boot and lowers the inner tailgate panel, which fits vertically against the closed tailgate, automatically. Using the button on the tailgate leaves the panel in its raised position, so it functions as a load retainer to prevent loose or unsecured items from falling out of the boot. A button inside the load area can then be used to lower the Powered Inner Tailgate section.

2.1.4 Activity Key

The Activity Key is another first in the large SUV segment and allows owners to lock and unlock the vehicle without the need to carry a conventional key fob.

Designed as a durable wristband to be worn during outdoor activities, the Activity Key is activated by holding the wristband up to the ‘D’ in the rear Discovery badge. This locks the vehicle and disables the conventional keys, which can be left safely inside the vehicle.

The battery-less Activity Key has been put through a series of rigorous physical tests to prove its capabilities in extreme environments. This demanding testing also ensures that it can withstand water to a depth of 30m and temperatures ranging from -50 to + 125 degrees celsius.

2.1.5 InControl Touch Pro

New Discovery is available with InControl Touch Pro, which provides greater connectivity than ever before including access to a range of apps through the updated 10-inch high-resolution touchscreen display.

Peter Virk, Land Rover’s Director of Connected Technologies and Apps, commented: “Every day it is more and more important to stay connected wherever you are and whatever you’re doing. Our InControl system allows customers to stay in touch with, and configure, their vehicle from anywhere in the world.”

The intuitive infotainment system delivers enhanced ease-of-use and faster processing and also features ‘Dual View’ technology and digital television capability, along with all other entertainment functions and provides access to the satellite navigation, heating and vehicle controls.

For enhanced connectivity InControl Touch Pro Services includes 3G WiFi connectivity for up to eight devices. InControl Apps also allows owners to use selected apps from their smartphone on New Discovery’s 10-inch touchscreen, while Bluetooth is standard throughout the range.

In addition, the enhanced set-up provides updated satellite navigation functions, including door-to-door routing. The complete navigation solution will direct customers on the final part of their journey on foot via their smartphone. Another new function is Commute Mode. This intelligent feature ‘learns’ common routes, for example the daily commute, and advises the optimum route dependent on live traffic data without a destination being entered manually by the driver. A live ETA function can inform friends and colleagues of the driver’s whereabouts and automatically send updates with accurate arrival times.

InControl Remote Premium allows the owner to lock and unlock their vehicle using the specific app on a smartphone or smartwatch and can also be used to operate the climate control remotely. This allows the driver to set New Discovery to a warm or cold setting before setting off on their journey.

InControl Secure technology allows the owner to track a stolen vehicle using the Land Rover app on their smartphone. If the vehicle is broken into or moved illegally, the dedicated smartphone app will alert the driver and the monitoring centre to help pinpoint and recover it as soon as possible. Even if the vehicle is stolen using the keys, the owner can alert the tracking call centre using the smartphone app.

InControl Protect gives drivers peace of mind thanks to SOS Emergency call technology with Automatic Collision Detection and Optimised Assistance. In the event of an emergency, an SOS call notifies the emergency services of the location of the vehicle. If the vehicle breaks down, Optimised Assistance transmits its location and vehicle diagnostics data to a recovery company.

The instrument cluster is fitted with twin analogue dials and a central five-inch display that shows journey information as well as phone contacts and entertainment settings. This information is enhanced by an optional colour head-up display, available on Discovery for the first time. The system uses laser technology to present satellite navigation instructions and speed limit information without the driver needing to divert their attention away from the road.

2.1.6 Auto Access Height

Auto Access Height makes entering and exiting New Discovery a hassle-free experience, serving as another convenience feature to enhance the day-to-day ownership experience on vehicles fitted with air-suspension.

To aid entry and exit, the vehicle body height drops by an initial 15mm when the ignition is turned off or a passenger unclips their seat belt, in anticipation of getting in or out of the vehicle. When an occupant opens a door, New Discovery lowers by an additional 25mm to reduce the step-out height by its maximum of 40mm.

The vehicle returns to its automatic ride height or the height manually selected by the driver when pulling away. This thoughtful feature preserves New Discovery’s trademark Command Driving Position, without compromising ease of use.

2.2 Advanced all-aluminium platform

Land Rover’s innovative aluminium full-sized SUV platform provides the perfect basis for New Discovery, delivering a lightweight but durable architecture that contributes to lower CO2 emissions and improved fuel economy, as well as enhancing its dynamic abilities.

Alex Heslop, Chief Product Engineer, commented: “New Discovery has been designed and engineered around our full-sized SUV architecture to ensure we have built-in, world-beating all-terrain capability. The flexible monocoque construction also gave us the chance to develop a versatile, spacious seating solution like no other.”

This lightweight monocoque body construction is made up of 85% aluminium – 43% recycled – and is a significant 480kg lighter than before.

Further engineering innovations have seen more extensive use of high-strength aluminium within the crash structure, while the entire bodyside of the vehicle is pressed as a single aluminium panel, meaning fewer joints, reduced complexity and improved structural integrity.

As well as improving strength and efficiency, the aluminium structure has been key to providing enhanced sustainability, with up to 50 percent of the sheet aluminium used in New Discovery’s body manufactured from recycled aluminium.

In combination with lighter chassis components, simplified exhaust and driveline systems, more efficient seat designs and revised wheel and tyre sizes all contribute to enhanced efficiency. Additional advanced lightweight chassis components include a magnesium cross vehicle beam that supports the instrument panel inside the vehicle as well as a high-precision lightweight casting supporting the grille and front-end components.

The seat structures are made of lightweight high-strength steel while the underside of the vehicle is pressed from a single piece of aluminium for greater structural integrity. As result of these weight saving measures, New Discovery weighs from 2115kg (EU unladen SD4).

The innovative suspension architecture is mounted on optimised steel front and rear subframes. These provide high levels of stiffness for enhanced steering response, chassis performance and greater refinement. The subframes are also designed to withstand off-road impacts while providing additional protection to the chassis and powertrain systems.

The fully independent suspension uses a wide-spaced double-wishbone layout at the front and an advanced multi-link layout with an integral link at the rear. The integral link allows engineers to achieve stiffer damping when necessary for superior body control without compromising comfort and impact absorption.

2.3. Advanced, efficient engines

New Discovery is powered by a selection of Jaguar Land Rover’s efficient four- and six-cylinder diesel and petrol engines. Leading the way is the 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel powerplant, which delivers enhanced fuel economy and CO2 emissions without sacrificing the strong torque output customers expect from vehicles wearing the Discovery badge.

The aluminium Ingenium engine features lightweight construction with stiff cylinder blocks and decoupled injectors, which ensure low levels of vibration and noise intrusion, enhancing the relaxed character that is such a core part of the Discovery family.

All engines are paired with a smooth-shifting eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox, which can be controlled manually by using the steering wheel-mounted gearshift paddles to provide the ultimate flexibility.

A series of advanced technologies enhance fuel efficiency across the entire range. All engines feature stop/start with smart regenerative charging used across petrol and diesel powertrains. These features are supported by ECO Data, which allows drivers to see real-time fuel economy data on the central touchscreen display. The intelligent system can even provide driving tips on how to further improve efficiency.

2.3.1 Efficient and powerful Sd4 diesel

The introduction of Land Rover’s award-winning Ingenium diesel engines ensures New Discovery offers highly competitive emissions.

The high output 240PS 2.0-litre diesel is for customers who demand performance while still enjoying the competitive running costs associated with the Ingenium engine family.

With 240PS and 500Nm of torque the new Sd4 powerplant delivers strong performance, powering New Discovery from 0-100km/h in 8.3 seconds (0-60mph in 8.0 seconds) – with comparable performance compared to the outgoing Discovery 3.0-litre V6 diesel. Despite this hike, the new four-cylinder unit provides competitive CO2 emissions of 171g/km and is capable of 43.5mpg.

The engine uses the latest-generation high-pressure common rail direct fuel injection operating at pressures of up to 2200 bar using solenoid injectors. It features a single turbocharger with variable nozzle turbine (VNT) technology and a high-efficiency water-cooled intercooler for superior engine responses.

This UK-built Ingenium powerplant brings new levels of diesel comfort to the Discovery family thanks to a range of advanced features. Dual-isolated engine mounts and further optimised transmission mounts combine with variable cam timing on the exhaust side and twin balancer shafts for the upmost refinement.

The advanced engine is the first Jaguar Land Rover powerplant to feature series sequential turbo technology to deliver its additional thrust.

2.3.2 Six-cylinder Td6 diesel

New Discovery is also available with a powerful 258PS 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine, badged Td6. The single-turbo engine features low-pressure exhaust recirculation, a two-stage oil pump and revised fuel-injector nozzle for improved responses, refinement and efficiency.

This latest generation powertrain achieves a seven per cent reduction in CO2 emissions over the previous 256PS Discovery TDV6; down from 203g/km to 189g/km, and is capable of up to 39.2mpg (7.2l/100 km).

The 258PS engine delivers stronger performance than before and the benchmark 0-100km/h sprint takes only 8.1 seconds (0-60mph in 7.7 seconds) – a reduction of 1.3 seconds. With a significant 600Nm of torque on offer, the new Td6 diesel delivers relaxed cruising refinement and towering all-terrain capability.

2.3.3 Six-cylinder Si6 petrol

Land Rover’s advanced supercharged 3.0-litre V6 engine is an impressive performer. The 340PS Si6 engine develops 450Nm of torque and powers New Discovery from 0-100km/h in 7.1 seconds (0-60mph in 6.9 seconds).

The lightweight construction of New Discovery plays a decisive role in delivering lower emissions and improved fuel efficiency across the model range. As a result CO2 emissions are down six per cent, to 254g/km, with fuel economy increasing to 26mpg (10.9l/100km) compared to its predecessor.

2.3.4 Smooth and efficient eight-speed automatic

All engines are fitted with a ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox, which has been engineered by Land Rover’s powertrain experts to combine smooth shifts with sharp responses and optimised fuel efficiency.

The gearbox is controlled using the rotary gearshift controller that rises from the centre console, while manual changes can be prompted with the use of the steering wheel-mounted shift paddles for dynamic driving and precise control when completing off-road manoeuvres.

The eight closely spaced ratios ensure that gearchanges are almost imperceptible, with each completed in a fraction of a second. For greater control, and if added performance is required, the gearbox will accept multiple downshifts and maintain a smooth transition between the ratios.

2.4. Enhanced on-road and class-leading all-terrain ability

New Discovery has been extensively tested to ensure on-road performance and comfort are a match for its class-leading all-terrain capability.

Providing a more composed driving experience was a key focus for the engineering team and this has been achieved by using a combination of technological innovations, including advanced suspension architecture and the latest generation speed-dependent electric power-assisted steering. As a result, New Discovery delivers a more engaging driving experience without sacrificing any of its class-leading family comfort.

Away from congested city streets and motorways, New Discovery’s peerless all-terrain ability makes it one of the most capable vehicles ever to wear a Land Rover badge. Its class-leading combination of approach, departure and break-over angles, wading depth and ground clearance – augmented by a suite of innovative technologies – ensures it remains the class-leader when faced with the toughest all-terrain environments.

2.4.1 Unrivalled comfort for the whole family

New Discovery is the ultimate family companion, delivering unrivalled long-haul comfort for seven people and a confidence-inspiring environment for the driver thanks to its raised Command Driving Position, simple controls and enhanced chassis technology.

Mike Cross, Land Rover Chief Engineer, Vehicle Integrity, said: “When we began developing New Discovery we set out to deliver improved cornering dynamics with better body control than before – but we knew this couldn’t come at the expense of Discovery’s legendary ride quality.”

Key to achieving the perfect balance between composure and comfort is Land Rover’s choice of advanced suspension layout. This vital ingredient in the quest for optimised ride quality comprises wide-spaced double-wishbone front suspension and an integral link rear set-up.

The integral link provides softness when required, to enhance the comfort and impact resistance, yet delivers greater stiffness for improved composure and steering responses when cornering. The result is a cushioned and relaxing ride over uneven surfaces with greater poise in dynamic situations, making New Discovery a soothing companion regardless of the road or weather conditions.

Air suspension delivers even greater comfort and offers a wide range of adjustment for the ultimate in convenience and capability. The adjustable set-up can be lowered by up to 60mm for easier loading access and to assist when hitching trailers or raised by 75mm to increase ground clearance.

A series of additional technologies support New Discovery’s dynamics at the same time as enhancing safety. Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) has been enhanced to ensure New Discovery corners with greater confidence and security by monitoring all four wheels to detect and counteract understeer and oversteer. If detected, the intelligent system applies a braking force to the inside wheels to help tighten the cornering trajectory of the vehicle and reduces engine torque to help the driver maintain their desired path. This latest-generation system has enhanced understeer control, which applies braking to all four wheels to reduce vehicle speed and regain control more effectively.

New Discovery also features the latest version of Land Rover’s Electric Power-Assisted Steering (EPAS) technology. The carefully calibrated variable ratio system provides a more natural and responsive steering feel, remaining easy to manoeuvre at low speeds and offering a more surefooted feel at higher cruising speeds.

The latest EPAS system also supports New Discovery’s Terrain Response 2 function by varying the steering feedback depending on the friction level of the road surface. The adoption of EPAS has also allowed Land Rover’s engineers to provide Park Assist technology, which takes the stress out of tricky parking manoeuvres for the first time on Discovery.

2.4.2 Class-leading off-road geometry

New Discovery retains its status as the most capable premium SUV in off-road situations, combining advanced technologies with outstanding off-road geometry.

Exceptional ground clearance of 283mm, combined with an approach angle of up to 34 degrees, a break-over angle of 27.5 degrees and departure angle of 30 degrees ensure New Discovery is able to climb up, over and down the most extreme obstacles†.

New Discovery’s suspension is designed to optimise on-road dynamics, yet its outstanding geometry and wheel articulation of 500mm, aided by advanced air suspension, gives customers even greater confidence and capability when negotiating arduous and undulating surfaces.

A wading depth of 900mm ranks New Discovery at the top of the class against the competition, ensuring the newest addition to Discovery family is able to conquer even tougher terrain than its predecessor.

2.4.3 Full-time four-wheel drive with two-speed transfer box

For the ultimate all-terrain capability New Discovery features a two-speed transfer box as standard, providing selectable high and low range gears for optimum on-road and off-road performance. The intelligent system provides a standard 50/50 torque split between front and rear wheels, but uses a range of sensors to distribute torque between the wheels depending on the conditions.

The two-speed fully synchronised ‘shift on the move’ system allows the driver to swap between high and low ratios without having to stop the vehicle, at speeds of up to 60km/h (37mph).

2.4.5 All-Terrain Progress Control

Following its introduction on Range Rover Evoque, New Discovery is fitted with Land Rover’s innovative All-Terrain Progress Control technology (ATPC).

The unique system allows the driver to set a crawl speed ranging from 2km/h up to 30km/h (19mph) allowing them to concentrate on steering the vehicle and negotiating difficult terrain while the technology controls engine and braking functions.

With the system in operation the driver can use the cruise control functions to adjust the speed while an icon in the instrument cluster shows the existing setting and mode.

ATPC is fitted with a unique Low Traction Launch feature, designed to help to pull away smoothly and easily when accelerating on low-friction surfaces such as wet grass or ice.

2.4.6 Terrain Response 2 Auto

New Discovery is fitted with Land Rover’s next-generation Terrain Response 2 technology, which automatically monitors the driving conditions to ensure the vehicle is primed to cope with a range of surfaces; General driving; Grass, Gravel and Snow; Mud and Ruts; Sand; and Rock Crawl.

The intuitive system optimises a range of vehicle settings to suit the conditions, from the throttle mapping and steering responses to the suspension set-up and traction control settings. Alternatively, the centre-mounted dial allows the driver to manually select the appropriate setting simply and efficiently.

2.4.7 Four-corner air suspension

Land Rover’s four-corner air suspension system not only improves ride quality when driving on-road but also provides greater capability when off-roading.

With its two-stage off-road mode the automatic system is able to vary between two ride heights of +40mm and +75mm. At speeds below 50km/h (31mph) the +75mm setting is available and for faster speeds on rutted dirt roads, between 50-80km/h (31-50mph), the vehicle will operate at +40mm. In addition, the new Speed Lowering function cuts drag and enhances fuel economy by automatically reducing the ride height by 13mm at cruising speeds above 105km/h (65mph).

Other functions include enhanced tuning to prevent the suspension from lowering in deep wading conditions, as well as preventing belly-out situations where the centre of the vehicle rests on the ground.

2.4.8 Additional all-terrain technologies

Complimenting New Discovery’s optimised geometry and packaging is a suite of advanced all-terrain technologies. So whether drivers are faced with a snow-covered public road or towing a horsebox across a muddy field, New Discovery will maintain its composure.

Mike Cross, Land Rover Chief Engineer, Vehicle Integrity, said: “Our unrivalled collection of all-terrain technologies gives customers real confidence and ensures that any driver, be they an enthusiastic off-roader or a parent taking their children to school, can deal with any situation confidently and safely.”

The comprehensive range of on- and off-road technologies also includes:

Hill Descent Control (HDC) maintains a set speed while tackling steep descents off-road.
Gradient Release Control (GRC) slowly releases the brake when moving from a standing start on an incline for greater control.
Electronic Traction Control (ETC) applies a braking force or reduces torque to individual wheels to stop wheelspin.
Roll Stability Control (RSC) detects the beginning of a rollover and applies the brakes to the outer wheels to bring the vehicle under control.
Wade Sensing provides real-time wading depth information in relation to the maximum wading depth using the 4x4i infotainment screen.

2.5 Advanced Tow Assist

New Discovery has been fitted with advanced semi-autonomous technology to make the task of towing a trailer or horsebox as safe and simple as possible. Paired with the vehicle’s class-leading towing capacity of up to 3,500kg, this technology makes New Discovery the most capable tow vehicle in its class.

Advanced Tow Assist takes the stress out of reversing by allowing the driver to guide a trailer, horsebox or caravan into position without even using the steering wheel. The semi-autonomous technology helps to carry out difficult reversing manoeuvres using the rotary Terrain Response 2 controller on the central console to guide a trailer into the desired parking spot.

Once the driver has configured the system on the central touchscreen by entering key trailer details, responsive trajectory lines appear on the feed from cameras in the door mirrors showing the anticipated direction of the trailer. By steering the trailer using the rotary Terrain Response 2 controller and operating the pedals, the driver is able to reverse park trailers with absolute confidence as the vehicle automatically calculates the necessary steering inputs. The intuitive system will alert the driver if the steering input requested is too severe and would cause a jackknife situation.

The industry-first Trailer Light Test feature is another example of technology enhancing convenience. It allows customers to test their trailer lights without outside assistance, pulsing them while standing outside the vehicle. The system can be activated with a button in the load area or by using the vehicle’s main touchscreen.

New Discovery is the first of the family to be offered with an Electrically Deployable Towbar, which is activated using a button in the load area or, once again, from the driver’s seat using the central touchscreen. Meanwhile, Rear Height Adjust allows the driver to lower and raise the height of the rear of the vehicle using the key fob or switches in the luggage compartment to make hitching a trailer simpler than ever and make it easier for dogs to jump into the back.

Once the towbar is ready, Hitch Assist makes it easier to hook up your caravan, trailer or horsebox. Using the surround cameras, the central touchscreen displays the rear towbar and recognises the trailer mounting point. The display then zooms in, showing a trajectory line, which responds to steering wheel inputs to help the driver guide New Discovery accurately into place.

New Discovery models fitted with the Electrically Deployable Towbar also have an industry-first Nose Load Measurement system. The safety feature allows customers to quickly check the weight being applied to the vehicle towbar (up to 120kg) by the trailer to prevent dangerous overloading and can be operated by the central touchscreen or using the InControl Remote app on a smartphone.

With a trailer safely attached, Trailer Stability Assist enhances safety on the move by detecting trailer sway and gradually reducing the speed of the vehicle by cutting the engine and gently applying the brakes in order to restore control to the driver.

2.6 Cutting-edge safety technology

Driver convenience and confidence is heightened in New Discovery with the combination of active safety systems alongside an array of advanced driver assistance features.

New Discovery features the company’s Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) system, as debuted on Discovery Sport, but includes a new pedestrian detection system that detect adult or child pedestrians, as well as other vehicles in the road and apply the brakes to stop the vehicle quickly and safely.

The feature uses a forward-facing camera mounted next to the rear view mirror to calculate the distance of objects in front of the car. This data is then analysed by a sophisticated on-board computer. In the event of a possible collision, the system alerts the driver with a visual and audible warning. If it detects that the collision cannot be avoided then it will apply emergency braking. It can work at speeds as low as 5km/h and up to 80km/h.

Vehicles fitted with Adaptive Cruise Control also come with Advanced Emergency Brake Assist and Intelligent Emergency Braking (IEB). Using the vehicle’s forward facing radar, AEB detects and monitors any vehicles that are moving in the same direction.

If the vehicle ahead suddenly brakes, the driver is alerted to a possible collision. When the system detects that the driver hasn’t slowed it will gently and automatically apply the brakes. If a collision is imminent, the system will apply the same pressure as in an emergency braking situation.

2.6.1 Additional safety technologies fitted to New Discovery include:

Hill Start Assist holds the brakes for a small amount of time to make it easier for the driver to pull away when parked on steep inclines.
Engine Drag torque Control (EDC) ensures the wheels don’t lock up during engine braking in slippery conditions by sending increased torque to affected wheels.

2.6.2 Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

A host of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) provide enhanced safety and convenience in everyday situations.

Park Assist

Using a selection of sensors and cameras situated in and around the car, the Park Assist function has three main programmes.

The Parallel Park system uses two ultrasonic sensors on either side of the vehicle to scan spaces beside the vehicle to check their suitability. Once a suitable space has been identified, and following the prompts on the instrument display, the driver is left to control the accelerator, brake and gear selection, using the standard parking sensors to park.

The steering is automatically controlled by the Park Assist system leaving the driver free to concentrate on potential hazards such as pedestrians and other vehicles.

Parking Exit employs the same systems to help the driver exit a space safely as it steers the vehicle while they control the speed.

In addition to these features, Perpendicular Parking now provides assistance when parking in perpendicular parking bays. As with the Parallel Park system, sensors determine whether a space is big enough, with room to open the doors on both sides of the vehicle. Once engaged, the system will steer New Discovery into the space, leaving the driver to control the accelerator, brakes and gear selection.

Blind Spot Monitor functions

Blind Spot Monitor uses rear-facing side-mounted radar sensors to check for vehicles within the vehicle’s blind spots. The advanced set-up alerts the driver with a warning light in the corresponding wing mirror.

For New Discovery Blind Spot Monitor also includes Closing Vehicle Sensing, which provides added peace of mind on multi-lane roads. The system scans for fast approaching vehicles further behind and alerts the driver they risk a collision if they were to move into the path of an approaching vehicle in an adjacent lane.

Blind Spot Assist completes the suite of Blind Spot Monitor functions and combines the Blind Spot Monitor and Lane Keep Assist systems. When another vehicle is detected in the blind spot but the driver still attempts to change lane, the technology applies corrective steering torque to prevent a collision, while simultaneously alerting the driver.

Advanced assistance programmes include:

Adaptive Cruise Control maintains a preset speed and automatically adjusts to maintain a pre-determined distance from vehicles in front. It is also able to come to a complete stop when in traffic.
Traffic Sign Recognition uses a forward-facing camera and satellite navigation information to inform the driver of speed limits.
Intelligent Speed Limiter uses the Traffic Sign Recognition and GPS systems to identify speed limits and reduce the vehicle’s speed. The driver is not able to exceed this limit, unless they cancel the function, and the system will use engine braking to slow the vehicle appropriately.
Automatic High Beam automatically dips the headlights between high and dipped beam when it identifies a vehicle in front (either from its rear or headlamps).
Driver Condition Monitor is able to monitor driver behaviour through inputs of steering, brake and accelerator to detect that they are becoming tired and suggest they take a short break.
HD Surround Camera System with 360-degree Surround View, Front Junction View, Rear Junction View, Tow Assist and Hitch Assist, including reversing camera system
Lane Departure Warning warns the driver through a vibration in the steering wheel if the digital camera detects them drifting out of lane.
Lane Keep Assist applies gentle torque to the steering to keep the driver within their lane.

2.7 Engineered and manufactured in the UK

New Discovery is manufactured at Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull production facility in the West Midlands, UK, alongside Range Rover and Range Rover Sport.

The Solihull factory has been producing Land Rover vehicles since 1948, with the number of employees at the plant rising to almost 11,000 and vehicle production trebling in the last five years to record volumes.

The facility houses Europe’s largest aluminium body shop and final assembly hall – collectively the size of 22 football pitches – showcasing the Jaguar Land Rover’s pioneering leadership in the construction of aluminium vehicles like New Discovery.

This Solihull facility has been a key part of Jaguar Land Rover’s commitment to increased sustainability. The innovative close-looped system reuses surplus high-grade aluminium from the sheet stamping process within the supply chain. In this way, up to 50 per cent of all sheet aluminium used in New Discovery is manufactured from recycled material.

Engine Manufacturing Centre

The introduction of Jaguar Land Rover’s efficient Ingenium engines showcases the British design and engineering expertise at the heart of New Discovery. The advanced powerplants are produced at the modern Engine Manufacturing Centre in Wolverhampton, UK.

The facility, which opened in 2014, is the result of a £500 million investment with the vision to set a new global benchmark for excellence in engine manufacturing. The building houses an engine-testing centre alongside the manufacturing and assembly halls.

At full capacity 1,400 people are employed at the 100,000m2 site and the strong focus on sustainability is evidenced by the 21,000 solar panels covering its roof (the largest such installation in the UK). The renewable energy source can generate more than 30 per cent of the plant’s total energy requirements.

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