Following its unveiling at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, the new 2017 Land Rover Discovery SUV has made its debut in United States with an interactive public pop-up display in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles on Abbot Kinney Boulevard. It is on display from Nov. 11 to 14 at 1515 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, California, 90291 before heading off to the LA Convention Center for the 2016 LA Auto Show (Nov. 18 to 27).
Designed and developed to replace the Land Rover LR4 SUV, the 2017 Land Rover Discovery is a fusion of premium exterior and exterior design with innovative technology and all-terrain capability. It is also designed to comfortably accommodate up to seven passengers and its seating could be configured remotely through a smartphone app thanks to the Intelligent Seat Fold technology.
Thanks to its advanced lightweight aluminum construction, the 2017 Land Rover Discovery is around a thousand pounds (453 kilograms) lighter than the Land Rover LR4. It also consumes up to 14 percent less fuel than the LR4 (City fuel economy rating) when powered by the 3.0-liter supercharged V6 gasoline engine.
Homologated to fit into US standards, the new 2017 Land Rover Discovery will be available at a starting price of $49,990 (excluding destination and handling charges of $995). This is good for the SE version (base model) that is powered by a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that provides up to 340 hp (253 kW) of output and up to 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) of torque.
This version comes available with automatic headlights, power-folding heated mirrors and a fixed panoramic glass roof, as well as rain-sensing wipers and 19-inch alloy wheels. In addition, the new 2017 Land Rover Discovery also features rear parking sensors and electrically powered front seats wrapped in leather. A 10-speaker audio system, a 60:40-split folding rear seats and an eight-inch touchscreen could also be availed.
Meanwhile, the new 2017 Land Rover Discovery is also offered in HSE trim (with a starting price of $58,950) and the HSE Luxury variant (with base tag of around $65,950), both of which are powered by a 3.0 liter diesel engine that offers lesser output of 254 hp (189 kW) but with a huge level of torque at 443 lb-ft (600 Nm). All versions of the 2017 Land Rover Discovery are equipped, as standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
At launch, the 2017 Land Rover Discovery will be available with the limited-run First Edition that is priced at $73,950. Powered by the supercharged 3.0-liter V6 gasoline engine, the First Edition builds on the flagship HSE Luxury trim and features blacked-out front grille flanked by LED headlights, 21-inch wheels, body-colored door handles and All Terrain Progress Control as well as Terrain Response 2.
The interior of the First Edition is provided with configurable ambient lighting and InControl Touch Pro Navigation system. Surround camera system with park assist is also equipped. In addition, it comes with the waterproof Activity Key wristband that could lock the vehicle and disable the standard key for safekeeping inside the Discovery.