2016 Land Rover Discovery: first details revealed

Article by Christian A., on May 9, 2011

A report was leaked, stating that Land Rover’s next-generation Discovery will go back to its origins as a more rugged and conventional off-road machine. According to Autocar, the upcoming Discovery will be a sister car to the all-new Defender family. The new Discovery, which will be codenamed L661, starts production in the middle of 2016.

It means that this model will start to roll out about 12 months after the first of the new Defender models, codenamed L660, arrives.

The Discovery 5, with its practicality and towing ability, is likely to go up against Toyota’s Land Cruiser. Insiders say that the company hasn’t yet made a decision on what platform the new Defender and Discovery will use. One of the options being considered is to use the

T5 platform where the Discovery and Range Rover Sport is built on. Apparently, the T5 could be adapted to be used on future Defender variants like the pick-ups. Notably, the T5 is rugged but it is also heavy. It will be about 11 years old when the launching of the new Defender takes place.

Sources acknowledge that Land Rover’s parent, Tata Motors, will have to invest heavily to commission an all-new platform and production line. Launched in 1989, the original Discovery had been based on the first-generation Range Rover. Since then, it had proven itself to be highly effective at boosting profits.

Land Rover is presenting the Land Rover Discovery 4, the fourth generation of its versatile seven-seat vehicle now powered by a highly efficient TDV6 diesel engine and features a fresh exterior and a more premium interior. Aside from a number of dynamic improvements to enhance vehicle’s road and off-road driving, the Land Rover Discovery 4 is also available with an assortment of new technologies and features.

It is powered by a refined and highly efficient new LR-TDV6 3.0 twin turbo diesel engine that develops up to 29 percent more power output, up to 36 percent more torque (to 600 Nm), up to nine percent better fuel economy (EU combined cycle), and 10 percent less carbon dioxide emissions -- compared with the current 2.7-liter engine. Interestingly, both output and torque are accessible across the entire rev range, which means immediate response when needed. Put into numbers, the Land Rover Discovery 4 could accelerate from zero to 60mph in 9.0 seconds, (0-100 km/h in 9.6 seconds), around 24 percent faster than the current 2.7-liter.

Engineers at Land Rover worked hard to improve both the off-road capabilities and the on-road ride and handling of the new generation Land Rover Discovery 4. These improvements were achieved by the inclusion of new suspension components, improved traction control, revised steering and larger brakes.

It also features an improved version of the Terrain Response system that helps optimize the Land Rover Discovery 4 for most all on-road or off-road driving situations. Compared to its predecessor, the Land Rover Discovery 4 now has smoother and simpler surfaces on the front end as well as a new, more aerodynamic bumper.

It now features new LED lights both on the front and the rear. Its new front headlights feature High Beam Assist, switching on or off, as needed. Likewise, Land Rover revised the interior of the Discovery 4, providing an evolved version of the dash and center console as well as a new seats and a number of user-friendly elements. Customers may opt for available features for the Land Rover Discovery 4 like a Portable Audio Interface, a new five-camera 'surround' system and DAB radio as well as a new key system with Keyless Entry and Push Button Start. Gerry McGovern, Design Director at Land Rover, remarked that the interior of the Land Rover Discovery 4 does not only offer a more premium look and feel, it also delivers improved functionality.

For instance, its console is designed to incline towards the driver, while its switchgear and controls have been made very accessible. McGovern disclosed that HSE models feature a new LED Interior Mood Lighting that offers an even more pleasant cabin after dark.

Moreover, the interior now features smoother surfaces, softer materials and closer attention to details like stitching. Phil Popham, managing director at Land Rover, remarked that the new Land Rover Discovery 4 represents an improvement over its predecessor, the Land Rover Discovery 3. While the Land Rover Discovery 3 has received over 100 international awards, its successor is simply better in terms of design and engineering.

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