The Land Rover Discovery 5 has been launched following a rather lengthy teaser campaign. It’s clearly lighter and more efficient than the outgoing model, which has been doing fine service since 2005, but the big news is that its styling is more derivative of Land Rover’s new look, effectively looking like a scaled-up Discovery Sport.
But that is to underplay the huge advances in technology this car has made. It’s now based around JLR’s Ingenium engine, which means the entry-level version boasts a CO2 output of 171g/km by means of this and an overall weight reduction of 480kg. It gives a claimed 43.5mpg, and a 0-60mph time of 8.0 seconds.
The TDV6 diesel doesn’t do badly with 189g/km of CO2, but we rather like the sound of the 3.0-litre supercharged petrol V6, which pushes out 355bhp – it’s a shame so few people in the UK will buy it.
This move to a more lightweight Discovery is underpinned by the car’s new riveted and bonded aluminium monocoque, which is a technology shared across the JLR range. As before, the Discovery 5 will seat seven people, and the seats are power-operated and can be remotely configured in a variety of positions – if that’s your thing.
It’s a bigger overall car, with its length going up to 4970mm, which explains how it can run to three forward-facing rows of full-sized seats. As before, there’s self-levelling air suspension, but it’s now an all-independent set-up that can be lowered by as much as 40mm.
As before, it’s available as a S, SE, HSE and HSE Luxury, and prices have been announced at £43,495-£65,695, plus a huge options list. The Discovery 5 is due to go on sale in the Spring of 2017, with the first 600, rather cleverly, being sold as ‘First Edition’ models. These are the future classics…