The upcoming Land Rovermpletely altered state compared to the outgoing version. The current version is the 4th generation model that was launched at the 2009 New York International Motor Show. The 5th generation model will be more than a heavily revised version of its predecessor, unlike the outgoing model.
The 4th generation Discovery was more of a facelift of the 3rd generation model. However, Land Rover gives a major makeover to its cars every alternate time. So this time, there is a big change at hand. The 5th generation Discovery lineup will be based on a totally different design language.
The car is scheduled for a premiere this year itself, so the development is nearing an end. Let us find out what changes Land Rover has made so far. Thanks to some spy pictures of a test mule in spotted in Europe, we can confirm that the next generation Discovery will be based on the design language of the Range Rover Evoque.
The design language is not new to the lineup, as it has been used in the Discovery Sport. The upcoming Discovery is likely to be called the Discovery 5, like the outgoing version is called the Discovery 4. However, since it is a major facelift, rather, a complete makeover, it is possible to spot the car with a new name at launch.
The Land Rover Discovery MK5 and the Discovery Vision concept were both unveiled in 2014. The Discovery 5, or the 5th generation Discovery, to be technically correct, will be based on the Premium Lightweight Architecture platform of Land Rover. The upcoming Discovery lineup will therefore, be light and agile, and maybe this will in turn result in higher fuel efficiency.
The 5th generation Discovery will probably come with a 2.0 liter engine option and a 3.0 liter engine option. There will be both fuel variants available, petrol and diesel. There will be good options for the transmission system as well. The smaller engine will be available in the 4-cylinder setup, while the 3.0 liter engine will come in the 6-cylinder setup.
The transmission systems will include 6-speed MT as standard, and 9-speed AT as well. That’s not all, the Discovery lineup will use the AWD system.
As far as the interiors are concerned, Land Rover will not disappoint in this front. The infotainment system is most likely to be the InControl unit with a touchscreen display. There will be surround sound system powered by Meridian Audio, and gesture tailgate. Apart from these, there will be Traction Control Assistance, Roll Stability Control, Engine Drag Torque Control, Hill Descent Assist, and Trailer Stability Assist.
The 2017 Discovery lineup will feature a whole new set of features which are still under cover. The engine with Ingenium diesel fuel will surely find many takers. Land Rover is also planning to add some more options for the engine choices so that there will be a wider range of target group. The European market can expect the car by 2016.