2017 LAND ROVER DISCOVERY
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...