Land Rover es­pe­cially for Aotearoa

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FLEET MAN­AGERS who de­spair of ve­hi­cles be­ing driven rough-shod over con­struc­tions sites should take a look at the new Land Rover Dis­cov­ery de­signed es­pe­cially for the New Zealand mar­ket. Not only that, but the dis­trib­u­tor says the ve­hi­cle is at one of the low­est ever price points.

Land Rover NZ gen­eral man­ager Steve Kench­ing­ton says at un­der $100,000, the en­try level Dis­cov­ery Pi­o­neer model has one of the low­est price points ever for the seven seat SUV.

“From the ex­te­rior, the Pi­o­neer model will look very sim­i­lar to the other mod­els in the ex­ist­ing Dis­cov­ery range, un­der the hood it fea­tures a 3L V6 twin-turbo diesel en­gine which pro­duces 190kW at 3750rpm and 600Nm torque be­tween 2250 and 1750rpm. The Pi­o­neer can ac­cel­er­ate from 0 to 100kmph in 8.1 sec­onds and of­fers a fuel econ­omy of up to 6.8 litres/100km.

“A 3500kg tow­ing ca­pac­ity (trailer with brakes), puts it up there with any other Land Rover and this model will also come equipped with a range of class lead­ing safety fea­tures, in­clud­ing Au­ton­o­mous Emer­gency Brak­ing, Lane De­par­ture Warn­ing and Trailer Sta­bil­ity As­sist,” he says.

Kench­ing­ton says the stream­lined new model is ex­pected to ap­peal to a new mar­ket look­ing for cost ef­fi­cien­cies as well as the un­par­al­leled per­for­mance ex­pected from the brand.

“There is a sig­nif­i­cant cus­tomer base in New Zealand look­ing for the rugged ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the Dis­cov­ery who are happy to com­pro­mise on some of the more ‘ur­ban’ fea­tures like mul­ti­ple charg­ing points for their smart­phones – we ex­pect it to be par­tic­u­larly pop­u­lar in ru­ral and com­mer­cial set­tings as well for those want­ing a ver­sa­tile tow­ing ve­hi­cle for boats and trail­ers,” he says.

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