Geoff Maxted
By Geoff Maxted

The all new Land Rover Discovery 5 has finally arrived! Controversial though it maybe the much anticipated Discovery mark 5 unveils softer lines, lighter frame, indulgent interior and legendary off road capability. It's set to be a a firm import favourite.

A Warm Welcome To The New Land Rover Discovery

New Discovery 5 Interior

So we wave a fond farewell to the now iconic Land Rover Discovery 4 as the latest version makes it debut. The new and more modern shape has caused some consternation among purists who will miss, they say, the traditional boxy shape. There is however more to the new vehicle than meets the eye.

Land Rover have dismissed the hefty old body-on-frame architecture of the previous model and this alone has shaved 350kg off the weight. As well as this weight saving, there's also an aerodynamic improvement in the new smoother body shell that features active grille shutters and air suspension. At speed the air suspension lowers the car by 15mm at speed and this accordingly reduces the drag coefficient, making the car more slippery through the air. This helps conserve fuel.

This sprightly new version is slightly longer by 38mm, lower and narrower than the outgoing model. The legend that is Discovery has always had a spirit of adventure and the new model provides a dramatic reinterpretation of the Land Rover's twenty-seven years of heritage and practical DNA with a sophisticated design that pays homage to previous models without being restrained by them. In short, off-road where this car excels, is not in any way compromised by the new design.

The company say this latest model will be even better on the rough stuff than ever before. For this you can thank the use of Range Rover's aluminium chassis that encompasses new steel subframes, entry and departure angles and ground clearance as good as the current model, the latest Terrain Response system and an increased wading depth of 900mm.

Initially, at least in the UK, Discovery 5 will get two diesel engines; a 237bhp twin-turbocharged, 2.0L, four-cylinder with a 0-62mph time of 8.3s (43.5mpg and 171g/km) and a 281bhp turbo 3.0L V6 which romps to 62mphin a  fractionally quicker 8.1s (39.2mpg and 189g/km of CO²).

Land Rover’s design and engineering integrity ensures seven adults will fit in the SUV body providing complete interior flexibility. Both third-row seats incorporate ISOFIX mounting points (five in total), so families have the freedom to put child seats in the most appropriate seat for any journey.

The interior of New Discovery will be as luxurious as ever and continues the design revolution started by the smaller Discovery Sport. Customers can specify a range of premium materials including luxurious Windsor leather upholstery and natural oak veneers. Clearly this is a car that needs to be driven before making any firm judgments, but although greatly changed at first glance there's no escaping the improvements of the underlying development. A winner.

New Discovery 5 Rear

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