For the more luxurious explorer
Best test drives of new Discovery await in PMB
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.
(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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The new Land Rover Discovery packs luxury with formidable offroad ability, and can tow a 3,5 toj braked trailer.