Land Rover have finally revealed the 2017 Land Rover Discovery, the fifth generation model.
Land Rover are dubbing it the “best family SUV in the world” and embodies Land Rover’s motto to go “Above and Beyond”.
The new Discovery shares a lot of resemblance with the current Discovery Sport but sees design features such as stepped roofline which provides headroom for passengers travelling in the third row of seats.
Inside the Discovery cabin sees the capability of having seven full-sized seats which come with a world’s first of being able to be configured on a smartphone.
Owners will be able to rearrange the seating whilst in a furniture shop for instance and set the seats to accommodate bulky items.
All three rows are available with heated seats, rows one and two can also be cooled and massage seats are available for the driver and front passenger.
The interior of new Discovery can be spec’d with a range of premium materials including luxurious Windsor leather upholstery and natural oak veneers.
In-car tech see Jaguar Land Rover’s InControl Touch Pro infotainment system on a large 10” touchscreen. The system can share directions to a paired smartphone, even if not in the car. There’s also iOS and Android connectivity, 14-speaker Meridian digital surround system, subwoofer and 3G WiFi.
The touchscreen is positioned high so Land Rover could reduce the number of switches on the centre console to give a more clean look.
The new Discover can come with up to four 12V charging points and can come with as many as nine USB sockets and are set on all three rows.
Another bit of smart tech is Land Rover’s ‘Activity Key’ wristband which is basically another key for the more outgoing owners.
For instance, if owners hold the waterproof Activity Key up to the ‘D’ in the Discovery badge on the boot, it locks the vehicle and disables the ordinary key in one go.
Land Rover have gone stowage crazy. There’s a hidden cubby stowage in the central console capable of holding two 2 litre bottles.
The central armrest cubby can fit 5 iPad minis and has a lid that hinges through 180 degrees so can be an armrest even when open. There’s a hidden small-item stowage behind the fold-down Climate Control panel.
The new Discovery provides up to 2,406 litres of load capacity.
Ground clearance for the new Discovery is 283mm improving its all-terrain capability. Furthermore, Land Rover’s multi-mode Terrain Response 2 system can change a range settings such as throttle sensitivity and gear change characteristics.
When terrain gets really tricky, All-Terrain Progress Control can autonomously maintain a suitable crawl speed chosen by the driver.
The new Discovery comes with a lightweight and durable aluminium monocoque which shaves 480kg from the total weight.
It can tow a class leading 3,500kg. The Discovery comes with Advanced Tow Assist to help drivers complete difficult reversing manoeuvres.
The new Discovery will come with a efficient range of four and six cylinder petrol and diesel engines, paired with ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox.
This new Land Rover Discovery is set to go on sale from Spring 2017 priced from £43,495.