The fifth gen Land Rover Discovery SUV, an important product for the Tata-Owned British brand will be launched in India in October. Discovery was first launched in 1989 by the Land Rover and became the first major SUV brand to launch 7 seats. The second gen model was launched in 1998, after the third gen car in 2004 and finally, the outgoing fourth gen in 2010.
In past over 27 years, almost 1.2 million units of the Land Rover Discovery have been sold. The latest variant of the iconic nameplate is based on the Discovery Vision Concept that was showcased at the 2014 New York Auto Show. The production model of the new Discovery SUV was finally showcased near in Solihull, UK last year in September before making its world debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.
The full-sized, three-row, 7 seat SUV benefits from Land Rover’s light full-size SUV architecture and guarantees exceptional adaptability and comfort. Faster, lighter and more capable than its predecessor, the new gen Land Rover Discovery is 480 kgs lighter. The SUV’s aluminium monocoque ensures that this is the stiffest and lightest Discovery yet. This new-gen Land Rover Discovery doesn’t have typical square shape, instead it flaunts a curvier design that incorporates the carmaker’s new family look.
In the interior, the SUV gets dual tones, new materials and great finish. The cabin is spacious and looks more luxurious. It also gets the Intelligent Seat Fold technology that lets passengers to reconfigure the second and third row seats with controls at rear of the car, the central touchscreen and even remotely via a smartphone app as part of the InControl Touch Pro Services. Other important features include 14-speaker Meridian digital surround system, the InControl Touch Pro infotainment system, four 12V charging points and more.
As far as powertrain is concerned- India will get the Si6 and TDV6 trims from the new Discovery range. The supercharged petrol 3.0-litre V6, the Si6, develops 335 bhp and provides 450Nm of maximum torque. Whereas the six-cylinder diesel Td6 delivers 254 bhp and peak torque of 600Nm.
Without a doubt, the new Land Rover Discovery will come with a huge price tag. And as far as its competition is concerned, its main rival will be the Audi Q7.