For the more lux­u­ri­ous ex­plorer

Best test drives of new Dis­cov­ery await in PMB

The Witness - Wheels - - FRONT PAGE - SIBONELO MYENI

LANDROVER Pi­eter­mar­itzburg is al­ready book­ing seats in what can only be de­scribed as the best test drives for the new Dis­cov­ery in South Africa, thanks to for­est tracks, high­way driv­ing and even a race track on the dealer’s doorstep.

The new Dis­cov­ery re­tains the stepped roofline, floating front roof and the large glass area around the cabin that has proven so pop­u­lar, but there are sev­eral tweaks that add up to a more dy­namic look.

Most vis­i­ble of these are LED head­lights with day­time run­ning lights com­bined with the di­a­mond grille to give ve­hi­cle a pres­ence on the road. At the rear, LED tail lamps and a one-piece tail­gate also adds to the feel­ing of speed.

Tra­di­tional Dis­cov­ery buy­ers might not warm to the de­sign at first, but the mod­ern Mzansi driver will find the new dy­namic de­sign very ap­peal­ing.

Four lev­els of trim are on sale, S, SE, HSE and HSE Lux, with a long list of op­tions de­signed for buy­ers to tai­lor-make their Dis­cov­ery to their needs. For the col­lec­tor, 35 First Edi­tion models are also avail­able with a unique de­sign and fea­tures list.

While very pretty on the out­side, the in­te­rior re­mains big­but­ton func­tional. I like that the cen­tre con­sole now has fewer but­tons, with more op­er­a­tions done via the 8- or 10-inch touch­screen.

As can be ex­pected in this league where the en­try-level model barely squeezes in un­der amil­lion rand, all the cladding and sur­faces are high qual­ity.

Seven seats have enough leg room for adults, with the rear seats higher than the front in clas­sic the­atre ar­range­ment. In­tel­li­gent Seat Fold flips the seats flat to pro­vide up to 2500 litres of con­fig­urable cargo ca­pac­ity. There is also 45 litres of stor­age space for essentials and dig­i­tal de­vices. What is so in­tel­li­gent about fold­ing seats? Well, you can con­trol the po­si­tions of the sec­ond and or third seats re­motely via a smart­phone app.

Only two en­gines are of­fered at launch, a 3,0-litre turbo diesel and a V6 su­per­charged petrol, with the more eco­nom­i­cal 2,0-litre, four-cylin­der diesel model will not com­ing to South Africa.

The diesel makes 190 kW at 3 750 rpm and 600 Nm from 1 750 to 2 250 rpm. The V6 turbo petrol that makes 250 kW at 6 500 rpm and 450 Nm from 3 500 to 5 000 rpm.

Both en­gines can tow a braked trailer with a to­tal mass of 2,5 tons.

Claimed com­bined city and open road con­sump­tion for the diesel is 7,8/100 and 11,5l/100 km on the petrol.

All models have an eight-speed au­to­matic gear­box. Land Rover claims the new Dis­cov­ery pro­vides on-road per­for­mance and com­fort cour­tesy of the air sus­pen­sion with class-lead­ing al­lter­rain ca­pa­bil­ity.

Off road tech­nolo­gies that put the new Dis­cov­ery at the head of its seg­ment in­clude the All Ter­rain Progress Con­trol and Ter­rain Re­sponse 2 Auto.

A suite of ad­vanced all-ter­rain tech­nolo­gies en­sure the driver can tackle all weather driv­ing con­di­tions, tow­ing with com­po­sure.

Driver con­ve­nience and con­fi­dence is height­ened in the new Dis­cov­ery with the com­bi­na­tion of ac­tive safety sys­tems along­side an ar­ray of ad­vanced driver as­sis­tance fea­tures. Ad­vanced Driver As­sis­tance Sys­tems are also of­fered on all models.

All models come with a three­year or 100 000 km war­ranty, a five-year or 100 000 km ser­vice plan and a five-year or 100 000 km main­te­nance plan.

Prices

(in­cludes VAT, ex­cludes em­mis­sion taxes): S TDV6 R980 000 S SiV6 R1 018 500 SE TDV6 R1 109 250 SE SiV6 R1 126 750 HSE TDV6 R1 223 000 HSE SiV6 R1 240 500 HSE Lux TDV6 R1 314 000 HSE Lux Si6 R1 331 500 First Edi­tion TDV6 R1 440 000 First Edi­tion SiV6 R1 457 500

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PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

The new Land Rover Dis­cov­ery packs lux­ury with for­mi­da­ble of­froad abil­ity, and can tow a 3,5 toj braked trailer.

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