Built for adventure and as reliable as ever, the new Land Rover Discovery is one of the toughest and fastest SUVs around. That doesn’t mean that you have to compromise on comfort; it’s laced with luxury and has up to seven full sized seats, so everyone can sit back and relax while it tackles the most difficult terrain without a hitch.
The latest edition of the Discovery has a bold and imposing new look, although it is as much as 480kg lighter than its predecessor. Its reduced weight, as long as its improved aerodynamic qualities and lowered drag coefficient, has had a marked effect on performance and driving dynamics. Every journey can get off to a rapid start, thanks to the heated front and rear windscreens and wing mirrors which quickly clear any ice or fog. Front and rear skidplates help to protect the chassis when scrambling over rocky surfaces. LED lights ensure excellent illumination in the most difficult conditions, as well as adding to the car’s distinctive looks.
The modular seven-seat interior layout means that you can fold down six of the seats to create a layout to suit every journey. The variety of flexible configurations mean that the Discovery’s loadspace can be extended to a colossal 2,406 litres with five of the seven seats folded down; with the second row of seats in place 1,137 litres of storage space is still available, and even with a full complement of passengers there is still 258 litres to stow luggage and provisions. This versatility makes the Discovery ideal for when you need to take sports gear or other bulky items with you.
The cockpit is a luxurious place in which to spend time, with its waterfall fascia, ambient lighting and premium leather, authentic wood and metal finishing throughout. The wide central console creates feeling of space and acts as a broad armrest that both you and a passenger can make use of. Dual-zone climate control will keep everyone perfectly cool - and from the HSE trim upwards, both front and rear seats are heated. For extra convenience and connectivity, passengers can access any of 9 USB plugs in all three rows of seats. Furthermore, those with limited mobility can use our Intelligent Seat Fold app to fold the seats into the floor remotely. A variety of extra options are available to make your journey even more agreeable. The Activity Key, a robust and waterproof wristband that automatically locks and unlocks your vehicle when you are within a certain distance, is a useful feature for those with an active lifestyle concerned with losing conventional keys during strenuous activities. Choose to add the panoramic roof to feel more connected with your surroundings, or the 14-speaker Meridian audio system, which delivers crystal-clear sound and deadens external noise with its Dynamic Volume Control technology.
InControl Touch comes as standard in the new Land Rover Discovery. It’s controlled using a touchscreen and enables you to play any music you want and will get you where you need to be on your preferred route using the navigation. You can opt to upgrade the trim level to get parking sensors, a rear-view camera and Blind Spot Monitoring, all of which are particularly convenient when driving around busy urban streets.
Drivers looking to extend their luggage capacity with a trailer may well find the advanced Advanced Tow Assist technology to be a great help. Accessed through the touchscreen, this system can be specially calibrated (with the help of some basic information) to help you manoeuvre the bulkiest of trailers (up to 3,500kg) with ease.
Committed off-road drivers may also like to think of adding optional wade sensors. Located in the door mirrors, these transmit a visual representation of how deep your Discovery is in the water when fording a stream, and how this compares to the vehicle’s class-leading maximum wading depths of 900mm.
Engine choices range from a 2.0-litre Sd4 unit with 240bhp through to a 3.0-litre Si6 petrol version with 340bhp, depending on which trim level you choose. The latter has 450Nm of torque at 3,500 to 5,000rpm and will take you from 0-60mph in less than seven seconds. The Discovery has lightweight suspension with a double wishbone at the front and an advanced multi link at the rear, which help it to perform well over uneven surfaces.
It’s a tough car and can wade through waters up to 90cm in depth and tow as much as 3,500kg in weight.
Only a test drive can help you appreciate why the new Discovery has achieved such a feat in the engineering world. Give us a call, get in touch online or drop in next time you’re passing to find out more about the car and book yourself in a for a test drive when the first models arrive.
30 Years of Discovery
Since its launch in 1989, the Land Rover Discovery has become synonymous with adventure. Put to work in the most extreme of global locations and proving time and time again that capability does not come at the sacrifice of comfort, the Discovery has become revered by customers the world over.
In 2015, the award-winning Discovery gained a sibling in Discovery Sport which globally, became Land Rover’s best-seller. Together, Discovery and Discovery Sport became a family and have sold 1.7 million vehicles globally.
The critically acclaimed Discovery family continues to be a strong favourite with experts too with over 300 awards to its name. The current generation Discovery continues to add accolades to the trophy cabinet, most recently achieving top honours from The Sun, Auto Express, Carbuyer, 4x4 and Tow Car publications and the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers.
Discovery is the tool of choice for renowned global explorers, and also widely deployed for search and rescue, police and humanitarian initiatives across the world; a specially developed Discovery was recently commissioned as Red Cross’s new emergency mobile command centre to work with disaster response teams to help save lives.
Based on the Discovery Sd6 SE, the ‘Anniversary Edition’ features 22” wheels, fixed panoramic glass roof, privacy glass, a 380W MeridianTM sound system and a choice of metallic paint as standard. A total of 400 Anniversary Editions are available in Santorini Black, Corris Grey Loire Blue or Indus Silver.
Land Rover will be celebrating 30 years of Discovery throughout 2019. The Anniversary Edition Discovery is priced at £59,995 and comes equiped with over £6,000.00 of options, including:
Class-Leading Versatility and capability
The Discovery Commercial combines outstanding comfort and refinement with durability and class-leading versatility. With convenient side and tailgate access, the impressive loadspace and underfloor stowage can accommodate a wide range of loads. The distinctive roof and feature lines rising towards the rear of the vehicle give Discovery Commercial an assertive, recognisable stance that is further enhanced by the front and rear design graphics. With its compelling modern British design, this vehicle offers true standout in the workplace.
POWERED INNER TAILGATE
With a full height of 1,888mm and length of 4,970mm, Discovery Commercial offers a loadspace capacity of 1,856 litres together with underfloor stowage. Access is made even easier with the addition of the powered inner tailgate, a ‘hands-free’ feature that provides a loading platform and also acts as a retention barrier for when the tailgate is open.
ELECTRONIC AIR SUSPENSION
No matter how rough the terrain, a sure-footed, composed drive is delivered by the latest four-corner air suspension. This feature also facilitates easier access to the vehicle by enabling Automatic Access Height and Rear Height Adjust features, which automatically lower the ride height by 40mm.
Discovery Commercial’s eye-catching design is enhanced by privacy glass fitted to the second row, rear quarter window and tailgate. The glass reduces the ability to see into the vehicle and protects the contents from sunlight - delivering the practicality of a commercial vehicle with the design and all-round capability of Discovery.
LEATHER SEATS IN EBONY
The Discovery Commercial interior features electric multi-way leather front seats in Ebony. Combining luxury, comfort and practicality these seats are the perfect fit for the workplace, however demanding.
The powered inner tailgate provides a platform that allows for easier loading and acts as a retainer when the loadspace area is filled. The platform can also be used as a seating area whenever required, with the raised tailgate offering greater protection from the elements.