At last the Land Rover Discovery 5 has been officially revealed just prior to its debut at the Paris show opening on the 29th September, displayed on a World Record 5,805,846 Lego brick replica of London’s Tower Bridge. We’ve all seen the heavily disguised ‘Spy Shots’ as the hype has ramped up an exhausting frenzy; we’ve even glimpsed some teasers but finally now we can sieve the facts from the fiction.
5 models go on sale next year with a starting price of £43,495.00 for the S model up to £68,295 for the First Edition and as it’s being described with looks good enough to strut any catwalk and engineered to take on any terrain this could prove to be a car in high demand.
The UK get a choice of two diesel engines a twin turbocharged 2ltr with 237bhp producing 0-62mph in 8.3 seconds giving 43.5 mpg and 171g/km of CO2. Second diesel engine option is a 3ltr with 281bhp producing the same acceleration in 8.1 sec giving 39.2mpg and 189g/km of CO2. A 3ltr supercharged petrol engine will also be available producing 0-62mph in 7.1 seconds giving 26mpg and 254g/km of CO2. All engines will be paired with an eight-speed automatic gear box.
Reflecting it’s Ranger Rover big brother the Discovery 5 is built on an aluminium chassis with steel subframes which allows the interior to keep its head room in the rear. Its been confirmed the Discovery 5 has a longer wheel base of 38mm and is slightly shorter too whilst maintain a respectable 2,046 ltrs of load space when the seats are folded away. They’ve shaved 350kg from the body weight with even the engines weighing in lighter then it’s forerunner to aid economics.
Electronics have been modified too with a geek thrilling remote operated by phone to adjust the 3 seat configurations, so by the time you’ve checked out of the supermarket / Ikea the seats will be down ready for loading. An Activity ‘key’ has been created in the form of a waterproof wristband that enables the car to be locked whilst the key remains in the car but be deactivated when the wristband is held against the D in Discovery on the boot, allowing us to go running or sailing without worrying about keys.
Trailer Assist is debuting and once the computer has been programmed with the trailer dimensions this enables the Discovery 5 to reverse with a trailer using rear facing cameras fitted into the wing mirrors.
A new air suspension system will lower itself by 15mm to aid aerodynamics when in motion and lower even further by 50mm to aid passengers getting in and out. We’re sure this will be greatly appreciated for those who have spent years hoisting the kids or the elderly into their current Disco’. A state of the art Terrain Response System is fitted with an impressive wading depth of 90cm (3ft). Keeping its family appeal and up to date with it’s modern demands there’s nine USB ports, four 12-volt chargers, WIFI for eight devices and five child seats ISO fix points. There is even an aluminium picnic table/seating plate that folds out of the rear floor. The rear door has been reconfigured to a top hinged tailgate, excellent news for short parking spaces and cover on a rainy day when loading the car.
Sounds like this Discovery 5 has been well thought out smoothing away some of its ancestors unrefined points whilst very much keeping it’s customers demands in mind. Now we wait with anticipation to see if this ‘puppy’ has that “Camel Trophy” breeding and ability when it comes to off roading, because boy it’s got big boots to fill.