THE ALL-NEW LAND ROVER DIS­COV­ERY Td6

NZ Rugby World - - Outside Influences - BY MATHEW HEWETSON

LAND ROVER LAUNCHED THE DIS­COV­ERY BACK IN 1989,

with its’ key aim to pro­vide a ca­pa­ble and ver­sa­tile SUV, whether off-road or in the city. Jump­ing for­ward to to­day and 5 gen­er­a­tions later, the All-New Dis­cov­ery is tak­ing those orig­i­nal char­ac­ter­is­tics along with sev­eral key in­no­va­tions to new ter­ri­to­ries.

This ve­hi­cle is not only home in the city but, has supreme ca­pa­bil­ity off-road. Land Rover’s Ter­rain Re­sponse sys­tems en­able the driver to op­ti­mise the engine, gear­box, cen­tre dif­fer­en­tial and chas­sis sys­tems to match the de­mands of the ter­rain. By se­lect­ing an eas­ily iden­ti­fi­able div­ing mode; Gen­eral Driv­ing, Sand, Rock Crawl, Grass/Gravel/Snow or Mud & Ruts.

Fea­tur­ing their latest gen­er­a­tion 3.0 litre tur­bocharged diesel engine, de­liv­er­ing 600Nm of torque and matched with an 8-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion. The Td6 Diesel is ca­pa­ble of re­fined and smooth, re­spon­sive per­for­mance and able to go from 0-100kph in 8.1 sec­onds. That’s im­pres­sive for a diesel SUV that weighs 2,298kg! Driv­ing our test ve­hi­cle, you no­tice the im­me­di­ate de­liv­ery of power across all engine speeds and the elec­tron­i­cally con­trolled 8-speed Au­to­matic Trans­mis­sion pro­vides al­most im­per­cep­ti­ble gear changes.

This ve­hi­cle has a tow­ing ca­pac­ity up to 3,500kg and sev­eral fea­tures avail­able to pro­vide ef­fort­less tow­ing. With the op­tion of an elec­tri­cally de­ploy­able tow bar, Tow Hitch As­sist to make cou­pling eas­ier and Rear Height Ad­just for low­er­ing when hitch­ing or un­hitch­ing. The Ad­vanced Tow As­sist en­ables the driver to guide a trailer into po­si­tion by sim­ply fol­low­ing its path us­ing the ro­tary knob on the cen­tre con­sole. This is more

“Fea­tur­ing their latest gen­er­a­tion 3.0 litre tur­bocharged diesel engine, de­liv­er­ing 600Nm of torque and matched with an 8-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.”

in­tu­itive than us­ing the steer­ing wheel be­cause within one field of vi­sion it ef­fec­tively steers the trailer along the de­sired path.

The Sur­round Cam­era Sys­tem is also a very handy tool pro­vid­ing com­plete, all-round views on the high-res­o­lu­tion Touch­screen. Us­ing four dig­i­tal cam­eras placed around the Dis­cov­ery, the sys­tem pro­vides an al­most com­plete 360-de­gree view in­clud­ing a birds-eye over­head view. This is ideal for tow­ing. It also fea­tures Trailer Sta­bil­ity As­sist which mon­i­tors the ve­hi­cle to de­tect move­ments in the trailer and then uses se­lec­tive brak­ing to help cor­rect po­ten­tially danger­ous sit­u­a­tions.

Seven full-size seats pro­vide ex­cep­tional com­fort and ver­sa­til­ity. These are di­vided across three rows and read­ily de­ploy­able. Sta­dium seat­ing means all pas­sen­gers can see the road ahead whilst the stepped roof al­lows for greater head­room in the sec­ond and third rows.

With an un­com­pro­mised load­space ca­pac­ity of over 2000 litres avail­able, in­clud­ing gen­er­ous un­der­floor stowage which is ideal for wet gear. In­clud­ing a first of its kind, the Pow­ered In­ner Tail­gate which is a hands-free sys­tem used to pro­vide a seat­ing and load­ing plat­form, while act­ing as a load re­ten­tion bar­rier when the tail­gate is open. The Dis­cov­ery is ideal for those fam­ily get­aways or boys rugby weekend where you have a lot of lug­gage to pack and look for­ward to a long drive.

With other key fea­tures in­clud­ing; Per­ma­nent 4WD Sys­tems, Hill De­scent Con­trol (HDC), All Ter­rain Progress Con­trol, Elec­tronic Air Sus­pen­sion with Rear Height Ad­just, Com­mand Driv­ing Po­si­tion with Head-Up Dis­play, Au­tonomous Emer­gency Brak­ing, Park As­sist and an Ac­tiv­ity Key wrist­band.

The All-New Dis­cov­ery SE (Td6 speed) as we tested is priced from $114,900, the HSE (Td6 speed) is $126,900 and the HSE Lux­ury at $136,900.

ALL-NEW DIS­COV­ERY SE Td6 3.0L V6 Turbo Diesel 190kw @ 3,750rpm / 600Nm @1,7502,250rpm 8 Speed Au­to­matic Trans­mis­sion with Pad­dle Shift Fuel con­sump­tion 8.6L / 100km (Ur­ban) 3,500kg Braked Tow­ing Ca­pac­ity 7 full-size seats

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