Land Rover vehicles are known for their superb ride quality; anywhere go capability and sophisticated and classy cabin to keep you cocooned with utmost luxury while the SUV overcomes the toughest terrains to help you reach towards your destination. Not only the brand but all the Land Rover products are truly iconic by every means and there is no doubt in the fact that no other SUVs can match a Land Rovers performance when things go beyond the tarmac.
The Discovery which was introduces back in the year 1989 equally enjoys the same status and respect like any other Land Rover products and is well known for its tough build quality, powerful engine and luxurious interiors although some people might complain about its boxy design and odd shape but you have to keep in mind that this is just an SUV, so what else can you expect out of it. The Discovery crossed a prestigious milestone and rolled out the one millionth examples from their Solihull production line in March 2012 which gives you an idea of its popularity across the world.
Recently Land Rover showcased their 2015 Discovery and also launched a special edition Discovery on its 25th anniversary and also added two new base versions which are also priced lower than the standard HSE and HSE luxury variants. Not only this, the new Discovery also gets many updated features and heightened level of in cabin luxury. Available with both diesel and petrol engine options and an advanced ZF 8-speed automatic transmission this Discovery definitely has improved performance than its predecessor.
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Unfortunately the new Discovery maintains the same old proportion and size and there is nothing much added to the exterior which makes it look totally different from its predecessor. However you get an additional 20inch 5-split spoke forged alloy wheels which has a a light silver polished finish to it which also helps further to increase the Discovery 20inch alloy wheels number to four. Beside this it also gets new body colors which include Aruba, Kaikoura Stone and Montalcino Red and new metallic white called Yulong.
The new Discovery gets certain features available as standard with the SE trim which includes cruise control, front fog lights, automatic headlamps and wipers, headlamp power wash, auto dimming rear view mirror and interior foot well and door puddle lamps. This new trim also replaces the existing XS trim, the SE trim gets additional Xenon headlights with LED signature as standard. While Land Rover also upgraded the HSE Variant with a 20 inch alloy wheels instead of the existing 19 inch wheels.
Overall the new 2015 Land Rover Discovery comes with many new and useful upgrades which definitely will attract your attention for sure.
The overall dimension of the vehicle has been provided below:
|Width excl. wing mirrors / wing mirrors folded mm||1915 / 2053|
|Approach angle - standard ride / off-road height deg||32.2 / 36.2|
|Departure angle - standard ride / off-road height deg||26.7 / 29.6|
|Ramp breakover angle - standard ride / off-road height deg||22.8 / 27.3|
|Wading depth mm||700|
|Turning Circle - kerb to kerb m (ft)||11.45|
|Drag coefficient (Cd)||0.40|
|Weight from kg||2565||2570||2570|
The cabin is one such place where most of the Land Rover owners wants to spend most of their time and the 2015 Discovery definitely gets some tweaks inside which has made the cabin look and feel even better. The new Discovery gets optional Ebony/Cirrus Dual-tone Windsor Leather seats and the Grand Black Lacquer wood and leather-wrapped steering wheel, beside this they can also opt for the Grained Walnut wood and leather steering wheel which has become available with the 2015 Discovery which helps the owners to increase the overall level of luxury inside the cabin.
Now you must be wondering is that it!
So for your kind information you will also get the Land Rover InControl Apps which has been provided in the new Discovery to provide the ultimate in-car connectivity. This InControl Apps can be used for satellite navigation, media streaming, internet radio and location services beside all these it also provides easy access to the connected Smartphone’s contacts, calendar and music library. This Incontrol Apps will help owners to bring in the original look and feel of the Smartphone apps which will be displayed and controlled via the Land Rovers touchscreen. This new InControl Apps is compatible with the latest Apple and Android smartphones.
As already mentioned above the new Land Rover Discovery is available with both diesel and petrol powertrains. This powertrains also comes equipped with Stop/Start technology and is mated to the advanced and smooth ZF 8-speed automatic transmission.
Let’s talk about diesel engine first, Land Rover offers a 3.0-litre TDV6 diesel engine in its base variant which produces 211PS of peak power at 400 rpm and 520 Nm of peak torque in between 1500 to 2500 rpm. While the more powerful 3.0-litre SDV6 produces 266 Ps of peak power at 4000 rpm and 600 Nm of peak torque at 2000 rpm.
While on the other hand the 3.0-litre V6 Supercharged petrol engine produces 340PS of peak power at 6,500rpm and 450 Nm of torque in between 3500 to 5000 rpm. The new Discovery also comes equipped with a rotary gear shift selector and steering wheel-mounted paddle shift and controls. It now even gets an optional Adaptive Cruise Control which helps the person driving the vehicle to maintain a gap between their vehicle and the vehicle ahead of them.
There is also an option of getting hands on a single-speed or twin-speed transfer box which offers high and low range which can be used for extreme off roading conditions.
|Engine type||Longitudinal / V6 / 24-valve Quad cam Dual Independent Variable Cam Timing||Longitudinal / V6 / 24-valve||Longitudinal / V6 / 24-valve|
|Displacement cc (cu in)||2995 (182.8)||2993 (182.6)||2993 (182.6)|
|Bore / Stroke mm (in)||84.5 (3.33) / 89.0 (3.50)||84.0 (3.30) / 90 (3.54)||84.0 (3.30) / 90 (3.54)|
|Compression ratio : 1||10.5||16.0||16.0|
|Max Power PS (kW)||340(250)@6,500rpm||256(188)@4,000rpm||211(155)@4,000rpm|
|Max Torque Nm (lb ft)||450(332)@3,500-5,000rpm||600(443)@2,000rpm||520(384)@1,500-2,500rpm|
|Transmission||ZF8HP70 (8-speed auto)||ZF8HP70 (8-speed auto)||ZF8HP70 (8-speed auto)|
|CO2 EU Combined g/km||269||213||207|
|Fuel consumption - EU combined mpg (L/100km)||24.6 (11.5)||35.3 (8.0)||36.2 (7.8)|
|Fuel tank capacity litres||86.3||82.3||82.3|
|0-60 mph sec||7.7||8.8||9.9|
|0-100 km/h sec||8.1||9.3||10.7|
|Top speed mph (km/h)||121 (195)||112 (180)||112 (180)|
The Land Rover Discovery uses Air sprung independent double wishbone suspension setup for its front while it uses Air sprung independent double wishbone suspension setup for its rear.
It has been fitted with 360mm ventilated disc brakes at its front while at the rear it uses 350mm ventilated disc at its rear to bring the vehicle to a halt.
Although the 2015 Land Rover Discovery has not been launched in Indian market yet we expect the pricing to start somewhere near the 45 lakh rupee mark.
The Land Rover Discovery definitely will get some tough competition from the recently launched BMW X5.
The third generation X5 was launched recently in the Indian market, unfortunately the new updated X5 is available with only one diesel engine options which comes in the form of xDrive30d. This Six-cylinder in-line diesel engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology (turbocharger with variable inlet geometry, common rail direct injection) and comes with a displacement of 2,993 cc. The diesel engine generates 190 kW/258 hp at of peak power 4,000 rpm and a peak torque of 560 Nm (413 lb-ft) at 1,500 – 3,000 rpm. It has been priced at 70.9 Lakhs ex showroom.
There is no doubt in the fact that the Land Rover Discovery is truly a capable offroader while it is also a nimble performer on the tarmac too. The 2015 Discovery definitely comes packed with many new features which adds a more premium feel to the SUV. If this new SUV is priced competitively this will definitely give a tough competition to other competitors in Indian market but as of now we can only wait for till it arrives in the Indian market.