2017 Land Rover Discovery – Driven
The Land Rover Discovery is one of the most iconic vehicles on the planet. Next to a Jeep CJ/Wrangler and the original Volkswagen Beetle, most folks can identify the Discovery in a lineup. Beginning in 1989, four generations of Discos have explored the far-flung reaches of earth and tackled city traffic on every continent, well, save for Antarctica – and that’s only because there’s a stark shortage of traffic down there. Here in the States, the Series I Discovery made its debut in 1994, followed by the Series II in 1999. Land Rover introduced an all-new model for 2004, known in North America as the LR3. This model lasted until 2016, with its 2009-facelift getting the LR4 name. But for 2017, the Discovery has undergone its biggest change yet.
Gone is the body-on-frame design and generous use of steel. Rather than this typical SUV recipe, Land Rover borrowed from its Range Rover line. An aluminum-intensive, unibody architecture replaces the boxy frame, helping the fifth-generation Disco shed nearly 1,000 pounds while adding structural rigidity. Not a terrible trade-off, eh? That’s especially true considering the 2017 Discovery is more capable off-road thanks to improved approach, break-over, and departure angles, combined with 1.7-inches of extra ground clearance and a whopping 7.8-inches of extra water fording depth. Add to that the Disco’s vastly improved on-road characteristics, and it’s clear Land Rover’s decision to adopt 21st-century technology paid off big time.
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No doubt Land Rover rolled the dice when it built the Range Rover Evoque – the small crossover with looks unlike anything it had ever built before. The crossover came in both four- and two-door version, the latter of which elevated the gamble even further. Now Land Rover is throwing the ivories again with the upcoming Range Rover Evoque Convertible. That’s right, a drop-top Range Rover.
Land Rover officially teased the Evoque Convertible with a short theatrical video showing the open-air crossover driving through the Crossrail tunnel system – a network of 26 miles of tunnels still under construction some 130 feet below the streets of London.
Apparently dismissing the failed attempt at a convertible crossover by Nissan with its Murano Crosscabriolet, Land Rover has released the Evoque Convertible for the 2017 model year just ahead of the vehicle’s official debut at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard plans of its production, however. Its first debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show had rumors flying about a 2013 production.
It will be interesting to see if the convertible crossover segment catches on now that Land Rover is taking a stab. Perhaps those predisposed to buying a funky yet luxurious and capable Evoque will embrace the Evoque Convertible as something more fun.
Updated 11/09/2015: Land Rover dropped the official details on the 2017 Range Rover Evoque Convertible. The model will be unveiled next week at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show and will be put on sale in mid-2016 at a starting price of $50,475.
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Debuting for the 2016 model year, the 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport has revived Land Rover’s entry-level segment. Basically replacing the ancient LR2 , the Disco Sport brings new life to the brand thanks to shared architecture and a powertrain from the more upscale 2013-2015 Land Rover Range Rover . But things are getting even better. Bowing at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show is the Discovery Sport HSE Dynamic Lux.
It took months of rumors, spy shots, speculation and leaks, but the newest member of the Land Rover family is finally official and we have all the details. Say hello to the Land Rover Discovery Sport.
Much like the Range Rover Sport, the new Discovery Sport is a smaller and faster version of a car that wears a similar name. It has an all-new design that is very similar to the Discovery Vision Concept that bowed earlier this year. The new model is loaded to the gills with new technology, and it features some of the nicest design touches ever fitted to a Discovery.
To make the most of this new, stylish shell, the engine and modern nine-speed ZF automatic transmission from the Range Rover Evoque are combined with an advanced AWD system to create a dynamic and capable machine.
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The Land Rover brand has been doing extremely well over the past fear years as sales continue to climb and quality becomes top notch. Still, Land Rover has some aging product taking up dealer showroom space – namely the archaic LR2/ Freelander. Its design and many of its components date back to the Ford era, and leave much room for improvement when compared to things like the LR4 or Range Rover Evoque.