The fifth-generation of the Land Rover Discovery SUV has been revealed just before its unveil at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. The new SUV is now bigger than its predecessor with a massive reduction in its weight by 480 kg and this model is claimed to be more economical than the ongoing generation. It will most likely replace the current Disco model in the year 2017.
The Fifth generation Discovery now gets a sleekness with curvaceous aesthetics, while earlier, the model used to appear squared with tough proportions. While we mentioned that the car is bigger, it surely is, with the overall length of 4970 mm, it is extended by 140 mm and sits 40 mm wide on a wheelbase of 2923 mm, the car now gets a reduction in its tall stance by 40 mm with improved ground clearance by 43 mm. Interestingly, the wading height of the new Discovery is now best in its class 900 mm, improved by 200 mm.
Inside, the Disco come with its traditional seven-seat layout and is now more spacious. It is loaded up with a 10-inch infotainment touchscreen system, a 360-degree camera along with parallel-park assist and a heads-up display will be offered as standard, but the range-topping version will come with heated seats, Jaguar Land Rover’s InControl Touch Pro infotainment system, in-car 3G Wi-Fi hotspot, up to six 12V charging points, as many as seven USB ports and a 14-speaker Meridian Audio system. To prevent theft, the company has introduced an ‘Activity Key’ that allows owners to enjoy sports and active hobbies without carrying the regular key fob.
Under the hood, the new Land Rover Discovery will be power packed with a variety of powertrain as per the trims. The base variant will get a 2.0-litre diesel unit from the company’s Ingenium range. This unit will make its way to India in the all-new XF avatar. The 2.0L motor is good for 180 hp of maximum power with 430 Nm of top torque and with this power output, the Discovery can reach 100 kmph in 10.5 seconds. It gets a twin-turbo version of this engine, too. It makes 240 hp of power and 500 Nm of top spin, whick car touch 100kmph in 8.3 seconds.
A 3.0 V6 diesel mill is the next up that’s good to dish out 258 hp and 600 Nm, while the top-end model gets a supercharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol with 340 hp with 450 Nm. The former can bolt from 0 – 100 kmph in 8.1 seconds and the latter does the same in just 7.1 seconds. All the power units are paried with the eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox.
In European market, the new Discovery is expected to hit the roads in April 2017, so we can expect it to touch-down Indian shore by the end of 2017.