The next-gen Land Rover Discovery has arrived. After numerous sightings and a barrage of spy-shots over the year, the Paris Motor Show opened its doors for a public debut of the much-awaited SUV. You've seen the images from the Auto Show. Now let's have a detailed look at the redesigned model through the pictures officially released by the carmaker.
The new Discovery marks the introduction of the fifth-generation of the Discovery moniker. The latter was originally introduced in 1989.
This iteration of the Discovery is based on the Discovery Vision Concept, which was showcased at the 2014 New York Auto Show by the British carmaker.
For the new SUV, the manufacturer has adopted a more subtle and more urban design. That said, this one looks very different from the boxy exteriors of the fourth-gen model.
The 2017 Land Rover Discovery is 4,970mm long, 2,220mm wide (with door mirrors open) and 1,846mm tall. At 2,923mm, the wheelbase is larger by 38mm than its predecessor.
Like the Range Rover Sport and Range Rover, this Mk5 Discovery is also underpinned by the Premium Lightweight Architecture (PLA) platform.
The aluminium-intensive platform makes for a lightweight unibody construction. As a result the new Discovery is 480kg lighter.
The SUV continues to offer seats for seven people. The long wheelbase has helped liberate some more space in the cabin, eventually also adding to the comfort of passengers.
Occupants can reconfigure the second and third-row seats with the click of a button. This can be either done through the smartphone, infotainment system or the switches in the car.
What is worth checking out are the rearmost seats, which can accommodate even tall passengers. This is possible due to the SUV’s trademark stadium seating and unique stepped roof.
All these engines are offered with an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission, while a four-wheel drive system is standard across the range.