New Dis­cov­ery’s ride qual­ity is a high­light

The Star Early Edition - - MOTORING -

From Page 1

and ex­cept for the en­try-level Dis­cov­ery S which comes with coil sus­pen­sion and high range only, all other ver­sions have height-ad­justable air sus­pen­sion and a two-speed trans­fer case with high and low range. Auto Ac­cess Height low­ers the ve­hi­cle 40mm when you park to make it eas­ier for driver and pas­sen­gers to get in and out.

For ex­tra money, diehard ad­ven­tur­ers can opt for a num­ber of ad­di­tional of­froad-en­hanc­ing fea­tures such a trac­tion-im­prov­ing ac­tive lock­ing rear dif­fer­en­tial, an au­to­matic crawl func­tion that au­tonomously main­tains a set speed with the driver only hav­ing to steer, a multi-mode Ter­rain Re­sponse 2 sys­tem that at a twist of a dial se­lects an of­froad mode to suit var­i­ous ter­rains, and a Sur­round Cam­era sys­tem which dis­plays po­ten­tially un­seen of­froad haz­ards onto the dash­board mon­i­tor.

The new Dis­cov­ery has been on a ma­jor diet, shed­ding up to 480kg of weight due to its mono­coque body now be­ing mostly con­structed of alu­minium in­stead of steel, giv­ing it a notably nim­bler feel and more spring in its step.

It’s an ex­cep­tion­ally re­fined ve­hi­cle, and both the petrol and diesel ver­sions I drove de­liv­ered ef­fort­less per­for­mance with a hushed de­meanour. The cushy ride qual­ity is a par­tic­u­lar high­light, and the big SUV glides with great com­fort over rough gravel roads.

Hav­ing grown longer but slightly nar­rower and lower, the Dis­cov­ery’s wheel­base has in­creased by 38mm, cre­at­ing gen­er­ous cabin space. The third row of seats isn’t just for young chil­dren but roomy enough for most adults. The in­te­rior’s be­come more lux­u­ri­ous and can be specced with a range of premium ma­te­ri­als in­clud­ing Wind­sor leather up­hol­stery and nat­u­ral oak ve­neers.

The InCon­trol Touch Pro in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem fea­tures a large 25cm touch­screen that re­duces the num­ber of switches on the cen­tre con­sole.

A world-first on the new Dis­cov­ery is the In­tel­li­gent Seat Fold tech­nol­ogy that al­lows the sec­ond- and third-row seats to be elec­tri­cally folded us­ing con­trols at the rear of the ve­hi­cle, the cen­tral touch­screen, or re­motely via a smart­phone app. It’s a R22 100 op­tion.

With all the rear seats folded there’s a huge 2 500 litres of boot space, and a still very roomy 1 231 litres with the mid­dle row in place, while the elec­tric tail­gate can be opened by a foot ges­ture. The ve­hi­cle has a work­horse-like towing ca­pac­ity of 3 500kg, and a cam­era-based tow as­sist sys­tem is avail­able that al­lows the driver to line up the tow hitch to the trailer with­out any out­side hu­man as­sis­tance.

A plethora of cabin stor­age spa­ces in­clude a com­part­ment be­hind the ven­ti­la­tion con­trols on the dash, and clev­erly-de­signed slots in the cen­tre con­sole de­signed to take a pair of smart­phones stand­ing upright.

The Dis­cov­ery’s equipped with up to nine USB ports al­low­ing pas­sen­gers in each row to power their smart­phones or tablets si­mul­ta­ne­ously, and six 12-volt charg­ing points and a 3G WiFi hotspot. InCon­trol Touch Pro pro­vides greater con­nec­tiv­ity in­clud­ing ac­cess to a range of apps through a touch­screen dis­play.

Dip­ping into the ex­ten­sive (and ex­pen­sive) op­tions list gets you lux­ury fea­tures like heated and mas­sag­ing seats and rear seat en­ter­tain­ment, or driver-as­sis­tance aids like adap­tive cruise con­trol and lane keep­ing as­sist.

Also avail­able is a wa­ter­proof Ac­tiv­ity Key wrist­band that al­lows the more ac­tive Dis­cov­ery own­ers to en­joy their hob­bies with­out car­ry­ing a key fob. The wa­ter­proof wrist­band locks the ve­hi­cle and dis­ables the or­di­nary key, which can be left safely in­side.

The six-cylin­der en­gine range is car­ried over from the old Dis­cov­ery, in the form of a 3-litre tur­bod­iesel with out­puts of 190kW and 600Nm, and a 3-litre su­per­charged petrol wield­ing 250kW and 450Nm. Both are paired with an eight-speed auto gear­box.

A lim­ited-run of 2400 ‘First Edi­tion’ de­riv­a­tives will be avail­able glob­ally (34 for South Africa) with ex­clu­sive fea­tures in­clud­ing unique etched map de­tail­ing on the alu­minium trim for the doors and fa­cia, unique badges, bold colour choices and a com­pre­hen­sive list of stan­dard equip­ment. PRICES: Dis­cov­ery 3.0 TDV6 S - R992 540 Dis­cov­ery 3.0 V6 Su­per­charged - R1 037 310 Dis­cov­ery 3.0 TDV6 SE - R1 121 790 Dis­cov­ery 3.0 V6 Su­per­charged SE - R1 145 560 Dis­cov­ery 3.0 TDV6 HSE - R1 235 540 Dis­cov­ery 3.0 V6 Su­per­charged HSE - R1 259 310 Dis­cov­ery 3.0 TDV6 HSE Lux­ury - R1 326 540 Dis­cov­ery 3.0 V6 Su­per­charged HSE Lux­ury - R1 350 310 Dis­cov­ery 3.0 TDV6 First Edi­tion - R1 452 540 Dis­cov­ery 3.0 V6 Su­per­charged First Edi­tion - R1 476 310

In­cludes 3 year/100 000km war­ranty, 5 year/100 000km main­te­nance plan, & 24-hour road­side as­sis­tance

Sec­ond and third seat­ing rows can be folded via the touch­screen, switches in the boot or by smart­phone app.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.