New Discovery become sportier thanks to blacked-out detailing

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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

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.

Continue reading to learn more about the Land Rover Discovery Dynamic Design Pack.

What makes the Land Rover Discovery Dynamic Design Pack special

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Although it’s name sounds pretty fancy, the Dynamic Design Pack doesn’t do anything to alter the SUV’s exterior. To set it apart from the regular model, Land Rover added a contrasting Corris Grey roof, as well as front and rear bumpers with similar inserts. The front grille, fender vents, and mirror caps are also finished in a different color than standard, this time around in Narvik Black. The exterior is rounded by a set of Satin Dark Grey alloy wheels in either 21- or 22-inch sizes. Needless to day, it’s not a big change over the standard Discovery, but the darker trim gives the SUV a stealthier appearance. Also, the darker details work pretty well with the vehicle’s new, sportier looks.

Inside, Land Rover also added a few features that don’t necessarily change the way the cabin looks, but makes it stand out in the crowd a little more. There’s Windsor leather on the upper dashboard and door tops, while the floor is covered with bespoke mats with Nubuck binding. Both add a bit of class to the interior. The British firm says it also offers three upholstery color with contrasting stitching, but it doesn’t provide additional details and there are no photos to run by.

Under the hood, the Discovery Dynamic Design Pack remains stock, meaning you can choose between the two engines available for the standard model. First on the list is the 3.0-liter V-6 that comes with the Td6 model. Rated at 254 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque, it enables the Discovery to hit 60 mph in 7.7 seconds on its way to 130 mph. If you need more oomph under the hood, then you can go with supercharged, 3.0-liter V-6 gasoline unit and its 340 horses and 332 pound-feet. With this engine, the SUV needs 6.9 seconds from 0 to 60 mph, while top speed remains unchanged.

There’s no word on pricing for this package, but it should cost around $5,000. The bundle is only available for the HSE and HSE Luxury trims, which start from $56,950 and $63,950 with the gasoline engine, respectively. The diesel engine adds $2,000 to each trim, increasing the sticker to $58,950 and $65,950, respectively.

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Big-wave surf legend Laird Hamilton and members of the exclusive Silicon Beach Surfers club have given the new Land Rover Discovery the surfing seal of approval.

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Laird was joined by future surf star, eight-year-old Jett Prefontaine, and surfers from the exclusive Californian surf club at Point Mugu in Malibu, as he reconfigured the premium SUV’s seats from the water(3).

The New Discovery Dynamic Design Pack makes its public U.S. debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 16. It combines unbeatable all-terrain capability with unrivalled versatility and a revolutionary new exterior design.

In an effort to match British adventurer Bear Grylls, who rearranged the New Discovery’s seats in mid-air, Laird used the InControl Remote app to operate Land Rover Intelligent Seat Fold technology from the water(3). He and Jett also carried their boards on the vehicle’s specially-designed Aqua Rack and used the SUV’s Powered Inner Tailgate and Activity Key before hitting the water.

Laird Hamilton said, “The new Land Rover Discovery could have been made as the ultimate surfer’s SUV. Its specially-designed Aqua Rack makes it easy to transport your boards, the Powered Inner Tailgate is the perfect place to sit in shelter from the elements and the Activity Key is awesome – I wish I’d had one years ago.

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“You can even adjust the vehicle from the surf! Remotely rearranging the seats(3) to make space for your friends, or activating the climate control to cool the vehicle before you catch the last wave of the day, has to be the ultimate in convenience.”

Silicon Beach Surfers is a tight-knit invitation club of 500 surfers from the media, tech and entertainment industries in Los Angeles.

Discovery Dynamic Design Pack

The Dynamic Design Pack gives the New Discovery a stealth-like appearance with a host of exterior detail changes. The optional pack is available on HSE and HSE Luxury models and comprises of 21- or 22-inch Satin Dark Grey finish cast alloy wheels, a Black or Corris Grey contrast roof and purposeful new front and rear bumpers. In addition the grille, fender vents, door mirror caps and vehicle script on the hood are all finished in Narvik Black.

Inside, there’s a choice of three colourways, each with contrast stitching. A Titanium Mesh finish, Windsor leather upper facia and door tops, and dedicated carpet mats with Nubuck binding complete the upgrade.

Hamilton used the ‘Sand’ mode of the new Terrain Response® 2 system(5) to drive the New Discovery on the beach close to the shore before removing the surfboards from the roof-mounted Aqua Rack, which can carry a pair of boards.

The duo then used the Powered Inner Tailgate feature while preparing to enter the water before locking the vehicle with the unique-in-segment Land Rover Activity Key. The clever waterproof wristband allows you to lock and unlock the vehicle without the need to carry a conventional key fob.

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Designed to be worn while participating in a variety of outdoor pursuits the Activity Key locks the vehicle and simultaneously disables the key fob, so it can be left securely inside, when it is held up to the ‘D’ in the Discovery badge on the tailgate. The clever wristband is tested to withstand temperatures ranging from -58º to +125ºF and is waterproof to depths of more than 98 ft.

Unparalleled versatility defines the New Discovery and is exemplified by the world-first Intelligent Seat Fold technology(2). The clever technology allows customers using Android™ and Apple® smartphones to rearrange the second and third row seats even when they’re not in the vehicle(3),via the InControl Remote app. Owners can configure the seats from inside a shop while waiting to pay for bulky items – or from the crest of a wave on a surfboard.

Alternatively, the central 10-inch touchscreen display or buttons in the luggage area and on the C-pillars can also be used to raise or lower the rear seats(4).

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