29 Sep 2016 | 12.32 pm
Land Rover Launches New Discovery
Launch event featured millions of Lego bricks
29 Sep 2016 | 12.32 pm
The new fifth-generation Land Rover Discovery has made its debut at the Paris Motor Show, and will go on sale next year in the UK and Ireland.
Land Rover’s engineers reckon that the Discovery will still be the best off-road Land Rover there’s ever been, despite looking like it has driven straight off the catwalk.
That’s because of the latest Terrain Response system, its aluminium chassis with new steel subframes, entry and departure angles and ground clearance as good as the present model, and a wading depth of 900mm, up 200mm on the previous Discovery.
But that’s not all. The New Discovery is for the digital age. Its technology aims to keep the family safe, connected and confident on all surfaces, all terrains and in all weathers. As Jaguar Land Rover put it: “Everyday ingenuity has been at the heart of the Discovery for the last 27 years. The new Discovery signals the transformation from cogs to code.”
The vehicle, with full-size seating for seven adults in its traditional stadium seating configuration, which sees each row of seats positioned higher than the one in front to give everyone decent visibility, dispenses with the body-on-frame architecture of the previous model. This move has saved 350kg, which means that with the smallest diesel engine, the lightest model is now 480kg less than its predecessor.
Land Rover unveiled the Discovery in the grounds of Packington Hall, Warwickshire, close to the Solihull plant where the Discovery will be built, with the help of the world’s largest ever Lego model, a recreation of London’s Tower Bridge made from 5,805,800 individual bricks (pictured).
This smashed the previous Guinness World Record (a Lego Star Wars X-Wing Fighter) by 470,646 pieces. Laid end to end, the bricks would stretch for almost 200 miles, or from Tower Bridge in London to Paris.
Room For Seven
Gerry McGovern, Land Rover’s chief design officer, said: “This is a modern Discovery in every sense, designed to accommodate seven full-sized adults. This well-proportioned, sure-footed vehicle will establish new standards for the Discovery family.”
The new Discovery has up to 2,500-litres of luggage space, 3,500kg of towing capacity with semi-autonomous Advanced Tow Assist to aid difficult reversing manoeuvres, and a new engine version, the 240PS, four-cylinder diesel engine with 500Nm of torque.
An optional Dynamic Design Pack gives the fifth-generation Discovery a stealth-like appearance, with features including a contrast roof, ‘athletic’ front and rear bumper designs, luxurious leather upholstery and a sports-inspired steering wheel and pedals.
It has up to six 12V charging points and seven USB sockets (nine when the rear seat entertainment is fitted) to allow passengers in each row to power their smartphones or tablets simultaneously. The seats are all individually heated and there are five child-seat ISOFIX points, two in each of the rear rows and one in the passenger seat.
Traditionalists won’t like the fact that the split rear tailgate is gone, though, due to its attracting corrosion and being difficult to seal. Two diesel engines and one petrol are the power unit choices, and the transmission for all of these is the ZF eight-speed automatic, with a choice of single or two-speed Torsen-based torque biasing centre gearing.
The towing weight is 3.5 tonnes, and there’s a choice of 18-to-22 inch diameter wheels with a full-size spare slung under the body.