Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Discovery Makes a Splash; Chris Russon Takes a Look at the All-New Disco

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Discovery Makes a Splash; Chris Russon Takes a Look at the All-New Disco

Article excerpt

THE new Land Rover Discovery is set to be one of the star cars of 2017, and although it's months before it hits the road we have just got a taste of what's in store.

Described by Jaguar Land Rover boss Dr Ralf Speth as the can do car for the can do world, we tried out the all-new Discovery on the land it likes best - demanding off-road terrain in the wilds of Scotland.

This was prototype vehicle number 148, yet despite its early status appeared fully finished, decked out with leather upholstery, wooden trim and a full set of safety features.

Powered by a 3.0-litre V6 diesel developing 258bhp and mated to an eight-speed auto box, the powertrain is tried and tested in the current model.

Performance figures are improved and the new Discovery now takes only 7.7 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60. Top speed is up to 130mph and the official fuel return is now 39.2mpg giving emissions of 189g/ km - down from 213g/km in the current model.

Other engines, including Land Rover's home-grown Ingenium diesel, will also be used in the new Discovery, pushing emissions down as low as 158g/km - the equivalent of 47.1mpg and the most fuel-efficient Discovery to date.

Use of lightweight body panels - the new car is 80% aluminium - have helped reduce body weight considerably and the car we tried tipped the scales at just 2.2 tonnes.

The effect is to make the fifth generation of Land Rover's stalwart feel much more nimble and agile.

On a gruelling cross country course on the Blair Atholl estate close to the Land Rover Experience Centre near Dunkeld in Perthshire, the new Discovery came into its own.

Jagged rock climbs, deep water crossings and plenty of slippery terrain proved no problem.

That is expected in a Land Rover, particularly one with the Discovery's heavy duty pedigree, but the new model makes light work of it.

What is instantly noticeable in the newcomer is how easy it is to drive and control and how smoothly it accomplishes its task. …

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