New Land Rover Discovery debuts at 2016 Paris Motor Show
New Land Rover Discovery debuts at 2016 Paris Motor Show. Image credit: YouTube/TheUSBPort.

The British automaker, Jaguar Land Rover, has just unveiled its latest vehicle: the all-new Land Rover Discovery. The revamped model brings a significant shift in design and enhanced off-road capabilities for what is typically a suburban SUV.

The showcase at the 2016 Paris Motor Show featured a demonstration video of the car’s power, driving over and under a LEGO version of the London Tower Bridge. The 13-metre structure broke a Guinness World Record by employing nearly 6 million individual pieces to recreate the iconic bridge.

Bear Grylls, Zara Phillips, and Sir Ben Ainslie took part in the unveiling of the upcoming Land Rover Discovery, a vehicle the company claims is its “most versatile yet.”

“Land Rover Discovery is invaluable on expeditions, whether filming in deserts, jungles or mountains, yet it’s still the perfect vehicle for the family’s everyday use. It’s a proud moment to be here with Land Rover revealing the New Discovery to the world,” said the adventurer Bear Grylls.

The New Land Rover Discovery does away with old design

The Discovery is different from previous Land Rovers. At the outside, it is nearly unrecognizable in comparison to previous models. The new Disco is no longer box-shaped, opting instead for a more modern look with softer, seamless curves all over its sturdy body.

One of the only traces of Land Rover legacy left in the Discovery is the signature elongated roofline in the back, a trait present in the luxury SUV lineup ever since its inception back in the 80s.

Land Rover has introduced a Discovery that is longer, lower, and wider by a couple of inches both body-wise and at its wheelbase. The off-road vehicle is also several hundred pounds lighter thanks to a switch in building materials replacing steel with aluminum.

Land Rover Discovery engine

Under the hood, Land Rover offers two options for the Discovery: a supercharged 3.0-liter gasoline V6 or a turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V6.

The first choice offers 340 horsepower and torque up to 332 lb-ft, while the second reaches 443 lb-ft of torque and 254 horsepower. These engine configurations were previously used in modern Range Rover vehicles.

Discovery’s features, release date and starting price

The Disco comfortably fits seven people in a stadium seat style, tech-packed cabin. Land Rover includes options for seat warming, seat cooling, and smart seat folding depending on the driver’s needs.

The British automaker added between seven and nine USB ports spread through the luxury SUV, as well as six 12-volt power outlets for charging. Land Rover’s InControl Touch Pro infotainment system is compatible with Android and iOS devices, providing control of the car’s settings through the official mobile app.

Jaguar Land Rover will launch the Discovery in the United States as soon as mid-2017. There will be several price tiers available according to the features included, but it will have a starting cost of $50,985.

Source: Land Rover