The long awaited 2018 model year Land Rover Discovery has been unveiled at the Paris Motor Show.
At the Paris Motor Show, Land Rover has finally debuted the all new Discovery. The Discovery was first introduced in 1989 with the Discovery Series 1 which was succeeded by the Series 2 in 1998. In 2004 the second generation Discovery was launched, called the Discovery 3 which was followed by the Discovery 4 in 2009. The new third generation Discovery is a lighter and has a more somber styling car that replaces the fourth generation of the car.
The boxy look of the by gone years are now gone with the new car which has also been on an aluminium diet to lose around 500 kilograms. The Discovery lost all the weight by ditching the ‘body on frame’ structure of the old generation Disco and adopting the aluminum-intensive D7 architecture found under the skin of the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport. The suspension system in the new Discovery gets a wishbone front and multi-link rear and air springs. Majority of the the shell is aluminium, however, unlike the Range Rovers, steel sub-frames have been used to add strength and also to provide more headroom in the third row of seats by allowing for a lower floor.
As far as engines go, the 3.0-litre, supercharged, V6 petrol will be available on all trim levels that develops 340 hp mated to a ZF 8-speed auto gearbox with a low range feature as well. A 254 hp, 3.0-litre, V6 turbo-diesel will also be offered in the new Disco. All that power also comes with the latest version of the Land Rover’s Terrain Response System and the car also has the ability to wade through water just under three feet deep. In terms of sheer size, the new Discovery is nearly of the same dimensions as the outing Discover 4, but is slightly wider and longer and has 38mm longer wheelbase but also has a lower overall height.
The interior has three rows of seats with power folding options. A two tow version will also be offered in certain markets. The cleverness of the seats is that the seats can be folded remotely with a smartphone or from the boot. The car also has wifi hotspot which allows connectivity to 8 devices, six USB ports, and six 12-volt power outlets and the seats also have individual heating systems. Two ISOFIX child seats fasteners are also provided in each row of the rear seat seats and also the front passenger seat.
The Aero packaging has also been given close attention for better ride qualify, efficiency and offroad ability with the use of a smoother body shell, active grille shutters and ride height adjustable air suspension which automatically lowers itself at high speed driving.
The all new 2018 Land Rover Discover will go on sale for the first time globally in mid 2017, and we expect it arrive in India by late 2017.
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