The first official glimpse of the all-new 2017 Land Rover Discovery has been provided ahead of it’s debut at next month’s Paris motor show.
Land Rover has only provided the one frontal image, but it’s enough to see that the new Discovery tips its hat to its predecessors, while moving the game along.
It’s out with the Discovery 4’s boxy ‘bread van’ styling, and in with a rounder, sleeker look, more in line with the current Discovery Sport.
The outgoing Discovery 4, even though about to be superseded, is still considered on many levels to be the class leader. Off-road it is without peer and on-road it provides a level of ride-comfort, handling and luxury, that remains highly rated.
Not a lot is known about the all-new Discovery. It is assumed that it will be based on the same platform used by the current Range Rover and be powered by Land Rover’s new technologically advanced 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engine, along with petrol V6 and V8 options.
We believe the Ingenium engine range will be developed to include a straight six diesel, an engine that would suit the new Discovery rather well.
Air suspension will be a given, as will riveted and bonded aluminium construction, which should see the Discovery 4’s hefty 2620kg kerb weight considerably undercut.
On-road performance and efficiency will both benefit from the lighter body and more efficient engines.
If the past is any guide, off-road performance will be benchmark setting.
Land Rover is set to officially reveal the new Discovery on September 28, prior to its Paris motor show unveiling on October 1.