2017 LAND ROVER DIS­COV­ERY

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In ad­di­tion to the shapely Range Rover Ve­lar, we also had the all-new Land Rover Dis­cov­ery on hand for our Ne­vada show­down. The Dis­cov­ery un­der­went a much needed ground-up re­design (and the name change here from the LR4), bring­ing the boxy breadand-but­ter SUV more in line with Jaguar Land Rover’s im­pres­sive sta­ble of of­fer­ings.

In­side and out, the new

Disco is an im­pres­sive blend of SOHO chic and high­land util­ity, cherry-pick­ing ele­ments from its up­mar­ket Range Rover cousins. When loaded to the teeth, as our Namib Orange HSE Lux­ury ex­am­ple was, the Disco was a very pleas­ant place to spend time, mak­ing the most of metal and per­fo­rated leather sur­faces, though you will pay hand­somely to get all the good stuff. We were im­pressed with the up­scale cock­pit, and in gen­eral we found the new Dis­cov­ery to be a big, nicely ap­pointed box with glitzy wheels.

Our tester was also equipped with JLR’s 3.0-liter Td6 diesel. There’s plenty of torque on tap, but you’re go­ing to have to work the throt­tle a bit for it, as edi­tors no­ticed some tip-in lag when first putting the pedal down. “I know diesels are on the way out,” ed­i­torin-chief Mike Floyd said. “But man, this is such a sweet en­gine and ab­so­lutely per­fect for this ve­hi­cle.”

Given the myr­iad driv­ing and chas­sis modes avail­able, it’s ap­par­ent Land Rover isn’t ready to give up on of­fer­ing more of the same rugged, go-any­where ca­pa­bil­ity that made the Dis­cov­ery name so leg­endary. We looked out on Mount Charleston’s ragged land­scape with yearn­ing, wish­ing our test runs weren’t limited to the pave­ment.

“Rugged, ver­sa­tile, and stu­pen­dously ca­pa­ble, the Land Rover Dis­cov­ery was un­for­tu­nately out of its el­e­ment un­der our tar­ma­c­in­ten­sive test loops,” Wasef lamented. — Con­ner Golden

Re­design Re­vives a Proud Name­plate

PRICE: $53,085/$79,950 (base/as tested) EN­GINE: 3.0-liter DOHC 24-valve tur­bod­iesel V-6/254 hp @ 3,750 rpm, 443 lb-ft @ 1,750 rpm TRANS­MIS­SION: 8-speed au­to­matic LAY­OUT: 4-door, 7-pas­sen­ger, front-en­gine, AWD SUV EPA MILEAGE: 21/26 mpg (city/hwy) L...

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