New Land Rover Discovery now available
Almost six months after its reveal at last year’s Paris Motor Show, the all-new Land Rover Discovery 5 is now available and can be seen and tested at local dealers.
Commenting on the new car’s arrival, Jeremy Hicks, Land Rover UK’s managing director, said: “It's a special moment when a new vehicle arrives and after months of planning, that moment is finally upon us.”
“With increased efficiency, improved versatility and clever technology for the whole family we have seen over 4,000 new and existing UK customers order the new model even before its arrival at the retailer.”
You can check out great personal lease deals on the new car here, or read on for further details of this definitive off-roader.
The Discovery has undergone a complete overhaul, with its boxy appearance being replaced by a look not unlike the Discovery Sport. It gets the same front grille design, but angular air intakes, standard LED headlights and a larger, more imposing stance set it very much apart from its smaller sibling.
All round, the new model gets a more sophisticated, upmarket appearance thanks to the soft-edge styling that is like no other Discovery we’ve seen before. At 4,970mm in length, it’s longer than the current model, but thanks to its new silhouette is actually sits lower.
The interior is more palatial than ever before, with a large 8 or 10in (depending on specification) infotainment system now dominating the dashboard area. It gets a built-in wifi hotspot, too.
Despite the occupant’s opulent interior surroundings, Land Rover hasn’t abandoned practicality – there’s several storage bins while a large, hidden cubby hole is incorporated into the dash. However, Land Rover traditionalists may lament the exclusion of the well-known split tailgate which, due to the new body has been replaced with a more conventional boot lid.
As has always been the case, the Discovery will only be available in seven-seat form, but with third row folded down there’s still a cavernous 1,137 litres of storage space. The rear-most rows can actually be lowered remotely via a smartphone app – as was demonstrated by Bear Grylls, below.
Much has changed under the skin too thanks to the car’s all-new platform. There’s more driver tech, including some autonomous off-road driving aids such as Advanced Tow Assist, which allows the car to reverse trailers and caravans without the driver touching the wheel.
From launch, three diesel engines will be available in the UK, with the new 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel option expected to be the biggest seller. It produces 237bhp and 500Nm of torque – enough to see 60mph from rest in 8 seconds flat.
Thanks to a clever eight-speed gearbox and Land Rover’s attempt at keeping weight down, it’s still capable of up to 43.5mpg while producing 171g/km of C02 – quite a feat considering its bulk.
Both the other engine offerings are V6 units that produce 255bhp and 335bhp respectively, but even the more potent of the two is only .3 seconds off the four-cylinder’s 0-60 time. In time, it’s likely that one of Land Rover’s hybrid drivetrains will be available too, but we’ll have to wait a while for one of those.
Gerry McGovern, Land Rover’s chief design officer, said: “(the) new Discovery redefines the large SUV. Land Rover’s design and engineering teams have revolutionised the Discovery DNA to create a highly desirable, extremely versatile and hugely capable premium SUV.”
Land Rover says the new Discovery will cover its ‘leisure’ pillar – part of the company’s latest three-tier structure. The gap left by the more basic, current Discovery will be filled by the next generation of Defender that will be cheaper and marketed as a more countrified, less luxurious off-roader. Meanwhile, Range Rover will remain its most luxurious division.
Entry level S models will get a list price of £43,495 and includes 8in touchscreen, 19in alloy wheels, halogen headlights, lane departure warning and autonomous emergency brakes as standard. Mid-level SE and HSE add features such as InTouch navigation, 10-way adjustable leather seats, a larger touchscreen, power-fold mirrors and larger alloy wheels.
For those after the ultimate in luxury, the HSE Luxury is priced from £62,695 and is only available with the supercharged V6 engine. Extra features include LED headlights, bespoke leather upholstery, a surround camera system and 21in alloy wheels.
When can you get one?
The new Land Rover Discovery is available to order now, and you can browse all our great deals here. It’s proving popular though so you may want to order yours as soon as possible; 4,000 have already been ordered in the UK alone, while worldwide orders have now surpassed 20,000.