LAND ROVER DISCOVERY TD6 HSE LUXURY
Larger and more luxurious than ever, but is there still a clear enough niche in the modern Land Rover family for the new Discovery?
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A8,74 sec 190 kw/600 N.m 209 km/h n icon of British motoring, since its introduction in 1989 the Land Rover Discovery has thrived in its role as a leading member of the Solihull family. The Disco’s role has always been to bridge the divide between the indomitable (and only recently discontinued) Defender and the superbly polished Range Rover offerings. From the brutality of the famous Camel Trophy events, to unforgiving cross-continental excursions, the Discovery’s unmistakably boxy, stepped-roof pro le has always lent itself to carrying its aftermarket nudge bars and myriad roof-mounted regalia straight from the wilderness to the school run. 9,36 L/100 km 207 g/km
While shared components has always characterised the evolutionary paths that both Discovery and the Range Rover portfolio have taken over the years – and despite how much development work has gone into steadily re ning the past two Discovery generations (through four models) – that careful distinction between the ruggedness of a Land Rover against the sophistication of a Range Rover has always been clearly de ned. Until now.
Foretold by the extension of this famous name onto what was essentially the Freelander replacement, the Discovery Sport’s introduction in 2014 paved the way for the modern styling cues sported by this new Discovery … and a number of us on the CAR team feel that’s something of a pity. While the new car shares its platform (and thus identical wheelbase) with the current Range Rover Sport, it also shares much of the Range Rover’s styling – particularly from the front – and the more characterful lines of the previous-generation Disco are all but lost. Perhaps for its softer family-familiar nose, the abundance of sheet metal aft of its B-pillar, or the failed attempt