Land Rover has officially revealed the 2015 Discovery. Though the car remains cosmetically identical to the previous model, the car gets many features from the XXV Special edition as well as two new base variants. Deliveries of the 2015 model will commence in UK from September and the car is expected to hit our shores by the end of this year.
The XXV Special edition was launched earlier this year to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Discovery. The 2015 model gets many standard features from this edition like satellite navigation, media streaming, cruise control, front fog lamps, automatic headlamps, xenon headlamps with LED DRLs. The interior has been spruced up with black lacquer wood and leather-wrapped steering wheel. The HSE variant gets 20-inch alloys wheels instead of the 10-inch ones.
The 2015 Discovery is equipped with Land Rover’s new InControl Apps system, which is compatible with iPhones and Android phones and works with the Discovery’s existing infotainment system. The InControl Apps can display and control your cellphone’s apps with the car's touch screen and allows you to sync the cellphone to display the contacts, calendar and play music.
Speaking about the new model, Phil Popham, Jaguar Land Rover Group marketing director said, “To mark 25 years of Discovery, Land Rover offered more premium luxury in the form of the XXV Special Edition. Striking attributes from this anniversary derivative are now being made available across the range for our customers to bring that level of heightened luxury into their Discovery of choice.”
This 2015 model seems to be an attempt by Land Rover to keep the sales of the Discovery going till the new line-up is introduced next year. Many things in the Land Rover line-up are going to change as the British manufacturer is gearing up to completely rejig its portfolio in the coming years.
For the Indian market, the 2015 Discovery will continue to be powered by a 3.0-litre diesel engine producing 245bhp and 600Nm of torque. The engine sends power to all four wheels through a six-speed gearbox. It competes with the only other seven-seater SUV in the price range, the Toyota Land Cruiser.
The 2015 Discovery will be available with three new colour schemes- aruba, kaikora stone and montalcino red. In the UK, the two revised base variants, the SE and SE Tech, are priced at GBP 41,595 (Rs 42.5 lakh) and GBP 47,495 (Rs 48.5 lakh) respectively. Like the previous models, the 2015 Discovery will be imported for the Indian market as a completely-built-unit (CBU).