All-New Discovery Showcases Versatility  

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By Benneth Oghifo

Nigerians love a vehicle that gives maximum comfort in the city, off-road and in the countryside. Well, the All-New Discovery, built with the reputable technology of the Land Rover family, is just that vehicle.

The ultimate vehicle has been launched into the sub-Saharan African market and the Jaguar Land Rover dealership in Nigeria, Coscharis Motors is preparing their stock for shipment. It is going to be for a few collectors because only 14 units will be sold in sub-Saharan Africa, including Nigeria.

“The limited-run ‘First Edition’ model showcases the very best of All-New Discovery. Only 2,400 examples will be available globally with exclusive features including unique etched map detailing on the aluminium trim for the doors and facia, unique badges, bold colour choices and a comprehensive list of standard equipment.

“Only 14 units of the All-New Discovery First Edition will be sold in sub-Sahara Africa markets, making it instantly exclusive for those who buy one,” said the automaker.

The All-New Discovery has a definitely different look from behind with its aerodynamic shape that lets it glide through city traffic, and inter-city roads. The aerodynamic shape is not for speed enhancement but it helps to lower fuel consumption and Co2 emission. All-New Discovery is equipped by Jaguar Land Rover’s efficient and powerful six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, all paired with a smooth and responsive ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox. They include: Six-cylinder diesel power comes from the 190kW Td6, which delivers 600Nm of torque for strong performance, pulling power and efficiency.

For petrol customers, Land Rover’s advanced 250kW supercharged petrol 3.0-litre V6, the Si6, provides 450Nm of torque to deliver relaxed performance and capability.

 The optional Dynamic Design Pack gives All-New Discovery a more purposeful, stealth-like appearance both inside and out, with features including a contrast roof, athletic front and rear bumper designs, luxurious leather upholstery and a sports-inspired steering wheel and pedals setting it apart.

Land Rover’s design and engineering integrity ensures All-New Discovery is able to accommodate seven full-sized adults in an SUV body measuring less than five metres in length (4,970mm). Most similar-sized competitors provide 5+2 seating but All-New Discovery is designed for 95th percentile adults to sit comfortably in its rearmost seats, providing complete interior flexibility. Both third-row seats incorporate ISOFIX mounting points (five in total), so families have the freedom to put child seats in the most appropriate seat for any journey.

The interior of All-New Discovery continues the design revolution started by the Discovery Sport, where customers can specify a range of premium materials including luxurious Windsor leather upholstery and natural oak veneers.

The vehicles displayed their beauty and elegance, turning and holding heads, as they cut loose from the Jaguar Land Rover Training Academy onto the streets of Pretoria, heading off to the mountainous countryside of Limpopo Province. With the navigator set, the journey proved to be interesting, taking on gravel farm roads, via the Tailgate Cafe to the overnight stop at the Chiefs Camp in the Big-Five territory of Marakele National Park, in the heart of the ancient Waterberg Mountains.

The vehicle’s performance places it as an incredible piece of machinery, bringing alive its Land Rover bloodline off-road during a drive at the contours of Serendipity, where it took on tough terrains, sparking off its capability to drive itself in challenging climb and steep downhill movement.

All-New Discovery retains renowned Land Rover all-terrain capability thanks to its combination of excellent off-road geometry and advanced technology, while improving its everyday usability.

Ground clearance is rated at 283mm (up 43mm) while a maximum wading depth of 900mm (an increase of 200mm) puts Discovery in a class of its own, providing unrivalled confidence when tackling both waterlogged tracks and flooded roads.

A comprehensive suite of off-road driving technologies ensures All-New Discovery’s supreme all-terrain capability is easy to access for even inexperienced drivers. Land Rover’s multi-mode Terrain Response 2 system optimises a range of settings, from throttle sensitivity to gear change characteristics, to suit the driving conditions at the turn of a rotary controller – and can even select the optimum setting automatically if drivers are unsure of the best choice.

When tackling particularly challenging terrain, All-Terrain Progress Control (ATPC) can be programmed to autonomously maintain a suitable crawl speed chosen by the driver. The clever technology allows the driver to concentrate solely on steering the vehicle as they negotiate obstacles, without the distraction of operating the throttle or brake pedals, and can also be used from a standstill to help when pulling away on slippery surfaces.

On-road performance is enhanced by Land Rover’s proven lightweight and durable aluminium monocoque architecture, which contributes to a weight saving of up to 480kg compared to steel ladder construction. Land Rover’s advanced integral link rear suspension delivers superior handling characteristics without compromising the superb ride comfort that has defined successive generations of the Discovery family.

Land Rover’s trademark Command Driving Position also allows customers to enjoy All-New Discovery’s enhanced breadth of capability in complete confidence, irrespective of the road and weather conditions, by providing excellent visibility.

This confidence extends to towing capability, which has been a hallmark of every generation of Discovery since it was used to tow a train at its original launch in 1989. With a maximum towing capacity at a class-leading 3,500kg, Land Rover has developed clever technology to make the Discovery’s towing ability more accessible than ever.

Advanced Tow Assist is an ingenious development, which allows drivers to complete potentially difficult reversing manoeuvres when towing trailers, caravans and horseboxes with ease.

Even absolute novices will be able to park using the clever system as it takes care of the tricky counter-steering required to position trailers accurately when reversing. The driver can simply guide the trailer into the desired space using the rotary controller for the Terrain Response 2 system. To make the job even easier, responsive guidance lines overlaid on the feed from the rear-facing camera are displayed on the central touchscreen, taking the stress out of an otherwise tricky task.

All-New Discovery looks very different but is still unmistakably a Discovery. Sophisticated surfaces and optimised proportions combine with beautiful detailing and enhanced precision to create a highly capable and versatile SUV with a more dynamic design than ever before.

Authentic Discovery design features include the distinctive stepped roofline, which has identified each of the four previous generations of Discovery and provides an elegant solution to a practical need.

At the front, All-New Discovery’s sculpted surfaces, jewel-like headlamps and a faster windscreen angle break with Discovery tradition and the state-of-the-art daytime running lamps deliver a modern appearance with a distinctive new light signature.

In profile, the bodysides highlight the optimised volumes and proportions of All-New Discovery, while the wheelarch graphic echoes Discovery Sport with its distinctive castellations visually ‘locking’ the wheelarches to the vehicle body. The new form language features pronounced, yet smoothly contoured wheelarches, giving All-New Discovery a planted, more dynamic appearance.

The streamlined design ensures All-New Discovery is the most aerodynamic Discovery yet, with a drag coefficient from 0.35 contributing to improved efficiency and refinement.

At the back, the LED rear lamps have a horizontal emphasis, giving All-New Discovery a more-sporty appearance, while the new one-piece tailgate delivers a more dynamic rear design that would not have been possible with the previous split arrangement. Its rounded profile integrates seamlessly with the body sides and provides numerous practical benefits.

A larger opening makes loading and unloading luggage easier than before and the larger tailgate provides improved shelter from the elements when raised. A carefully shaped rear spoiler has also been honed in the wind tunnel and plays a significant role in minimising dirt accumulating on the tailgate, optimising rear visibility without compromising aerodynamic performance.

“All-New Discovery is a design revolution for the Discovery family. The taut bodywork highlights the optimised volume and proportions that deliver a premium SUV,” said Massimo Frascella, Creative Director Exterior. We have incorporated key elements of existing Discovery DNA, such as the stepped roof line and distinctive C-pillar design, and refined them for the 21st Century ensuring it is still clearly recognisable as a Discovery.”

All-New Discovery is available with optional adaptive LED headlamp technology. The jewel-like LED units provide a characterful lamp signature that closely follows the bold design previewed by the Discovery Vision Concept. On SE trim levels upwards, this includes distinctive daytime running lights with ‘lightpipe’ elements, which turn from white to amber when the directional-indicators are used.

The headlamps feature five modes to suit different driving situations; Country, Town, Motorway, Alternative Country (for low visibility) and High Beam, as seven clusters of LEDs illuminate in different combinations to optimise lighting depending on the conditions.