Land Rover Discovery Overview

Land Rover India has commenced accepting bookings for the upcoming 2017 Discovery that is all set to go on sale later this year. The 2017 Land Rover Discovery now comes with a starting price of Rs 68.05 lakh (ex-showroom) and are post GST prices. However, with the hike in cess on luxury cars and SUVs proposed, it is likely that customers will have to shell out a little extra over the current asking price on the new SUV range. The 2017 Discovery is all-new and is being positioned between the Discovery Sport and Range Rover line-up in the British marque’s stable. Under the hood, the India-bound Land Rover Discovery will come in the Si6 and TDV6 trims. The supercharged petrol 3-litre V6, that powers the Si6 trim, churns out 335 bhp and develops 450 Nm of peak torque. On the other hand, the six-cylinder diesel motor on the TD6 trim delivers 254 bhp and peak torque of 600 Nm. Book a test drive for Discovery in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive

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Land Rover Discovery Exterior

In terms of design, this current generation Discovery represents a massive departure from the Discoveries that have come before it. Gone is the boxy shape and angular lines, instead replaced with swoops and curves similar to what we’ve seen on the updated Range Rover. This, Land Rover says, yields a significantly reduced drag coefficient, making this Disco a lot more efficient compared to its predecessors. The square headlights have given way to sleek, wrap-around units, with LED DRL strips doubling as the front indicators. Horizontal, wrap-around tail lights have replaced the older vertical style, and the third-row side glass no longer blends into the roof glass.

While the split tailgate has given way to a more traditional single-piece flap, it has still managed to retain an offset number plate design like the Discovery 3 and 4. Overall, it doesn’t look as rugged as the previous models, and the design feels a bit ungainly from certain angles, especially when viewed from the rear three-quarters. But it does have great road presence thanks to its sheer size, and there’s no mistaking it for anything other than a Discovery, thanks to its tall stance and stepped roof.

Land Rover Discovery Interior

The cabin of the new Discovery is as plush and premium as you’d expect from a typical Land Rover SUV. Be it the leather-wrapped steering wheel with brushed aluminium inserts, the soft touch dashboard trims, the knurled gear shifter or the twin panoramic sunroof, all of that makes the Discovery more upmarket and premium than the LR4. The HSE variant comes equipped with a large 10-inch infotainment screen with a host of entertainment, navigation as well as seat comfort options. Presently, the system doesn’t come with CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity options in India. One can also opt for the 14-speaker Meridian surround sound system on the HSE variant which makes the overall cabin experience even better.

The throne like front seats give a commanding view of the surroundings. The front row occupants will enjoy the generous headroom, legroom and the shoulder room along with the supportive and comfortable seats. While the same is the case with the second row seats, they are positioned comparatively lower. Also, the front seats get entertainment screens on the back of the headrest, that combined with the lower position of the seats might hamper the front visibility of the second row occupants. The third row seats are reasonably spacious, though it is best reserved for kids or additional luggage. In terms of convenience, the first row seats are power adjustable, while the second row gets an electrically adjustable backrest. It can be physically pushed ahead for additional space for the third row occupants. The second and the third row seats can also be folded completely with the help of master switches placed in the boot.

One particular aspect of the new Discovery that you cannot possibly ignore is the number of clever storage options. There is a dual-compartment glove box, a cubby with an optional chiller unit that can hold a 1-litre container, cup holders with additional storage beneath and a smart storage pocket behind the climate control unit. This is in addition to the regular pockets and provisions on the door trims and the rear armrest. The boot space can be extended to a maximum of 2500 litres with only the front seats up.

Land Rover Discovery Gearbox

The Land Rover Discovery comes with a 3-litre turbo diesel that makes 260PS/600Nm. However, if you want more power, there is the 3-litre V6 supercharged petrol that makes 340PS at 6,500rpm and generates 450Nm at 3,500 – 5,000rpm. Both the units are mated to a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission. The Land Rover guys sent the petrol Disco’ for this test, and we weren’t complaining. Get the motor to a boil and you would instantly fall in love with the note it makes and would end up being addicted to it. The petrol motor in the Discovery is the same that does duty in the Jaguar F-Type V6, except that the state of tune is different.

Step on the throttle and the way this two-storey SUV starts moving linearly is impressive. Move past the lower revs and cross 4,500rpm, the exhaust note gets a lot sweeter. All the Discovery craves for is an empty patch where you can truly experience the full potential of the motor with the V6 screaming all the way to 6,500rpm. On the expressway, the Disco’ can effortlessly cruise at higher than usual triple digit speeds. We managed to make the Discovery reach the 100kmph mark in 8.1s. The kickdown at higher speeds is truly impressive and does come in handy during overtaking maneuvers. Supporting the motor is the lightweight 8-speed automatic transmission which helps unleash the maximum out of the motor with extremely precise and quick shifts.

Even at higher speeds, in spite of the Discovery being a tall SUV, the firm setup holds onto the tarmac while cornering at high speeds with negligible body roll. This can be credited to DSC that reduces the engine torque and selectively applies brakes to counteract understeer or oversteer. Bringing the giant to a standstill isn’t much of a task either with the 360mm front and 350mm rear disc brakes – 100-0kmph in 3.5s. The Disco gets different drive modes that basically alters the transmission, suspension and the traction settings. Also, there is a dedicated low range mode to maneuver over low-traction surfaces. We did decent levels of off-roading in the Disco and the amount of confidence that the SUV offers is really impressive. It just doesn’t stop and keeps crawling over anything that comes in its way.

Land Rover Discovery Driving

The Land Rover Discovery reviews give a good grade to the performance and handling of the car. The engine is responsive and doesn’t disappoint you when the gas pedal is grounded. The diesel version goes from 0-100 kmph in 8.1 seconds with a top speed 208 kmph and the petrol version hits the 100 kmph mark a second faster than the diesel one, with a top speed being 7 kmph faster than that of the diesel one. Also, the handling has been improved because of the weight loss; it’s not that sharp atin the corners like Audi Q7 but good enough for an SUV of this size. Also, Land Rover reckons that this Discovery goes further off-road than any other car that they’ve made before, with water wading capacity of 900 mm, Terrain Response 2 (not present in the S variant) and off-road system that can take it to places.

Land Rover Discovery Safety

The Land Rover Discovery features really good brakes with one of the best braking systems that allows safe and sound sudden halts, also housing a lot of safety features, like Electronic air suspension Stop/Start technology, Hill Descent Control (HDC) Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS), Electronic Traction Control (ETC), Hill Start Assist, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Roll Stability Control (RSC), Electric Parking Brake (EPB), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA ), Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD), Gradient Acceleration Control (GAC), front side impact airbags, side curtain airbags and a trip computer. All these features are not available in the basic variants. These safety features are enough to keep you and your family safe and sound.

Land Rover Discovery Price in Chennai

Land Rover Discovery Ex-Showroom Price in Chennai ranges from 71,36,581/- (Discovery S Petrol) to 1,07,88,559/- (Discovery First Edition Diesel). Get best offers for Land Rover Discovery from Land Rover Dealers in Chennai. Check for Discovery price in Chennai at Carzprice

Land Rover Discovery Verdict

The Land Rover Discovery is a very practical car being the most capable amongst its competitors which are the Audi Q7, Volvo XC90, Mercedes GLS and the BMW X5. It might not be the best in terms of performance among the competition but really gives you more value than the money spent on buying it. The features provided are also unique. Al though it looks smaller than the old Discovery, it is actually is quite similar in terms of size. The engines could have been more powered, but these 3.0 L petrol and diesel engines are really impressive. The Land Rover Discovery images can be seen on the Autoportal website, looking all glorious and ready to conquer terrains.

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