Going way away? Fifth generation Landy Discovery in SA in July

  • Modern design meets all-terrain ability
  • Class-leading off-road geometry and wading
  • Enhanced on-road dynamics and refinement
GENERATION FIVE: New style, new image, for the Indian-owned company. Image: Land Rover
GENERATION FIVE: New style, new image, for the Indian-owned company. Image: Land Rover

PRETORIA, Gauteng – The latest Land Rover Discovery, expected to be in showrooms across South Africa in July 2017, is claiming a position as “the most striking and modern design yet seen on a Discovery”.

Land Rover SA adds that this the fifth-generation model is also the brand’s ”most capable and versatile, seven-seat, SUV yet”.

“Design-wise,” the automaker says, “the ’17 Discovery’s sculpted surfaces, jewel-like headlights and ‘faster’ windscreen angle break with tradition while the daytime running lights deliver a modern appearance with a distinctive new lighting signature.

GENERATION FIVE: New style, new image, for the Indian-owned company. Image: Land Rover
GENERATION FIVE: New style, new image, for the Indian-owned company. Image: Land Rover

“The tail lights have a horizontal emphasis that gives the vehicle a sportier appearance and sophisticated surfaces and optimised proportions combine with beautiful detailing and precision to create a highly capable and versatile, more dynamic, SUV.”

‘APPEAL FOR MANY PEOPLE’

The wagons still claim the title of being the most capable premium SUV when off-road “thanks to technology”, of which Nick Rogers, product engineering director at Land Rover, says:

“Our continued development of technology, light aluminium architecture, and advanced new engines make sure the Discovery family continues to appeal to people on many levels.”

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Like every other Land Rover, the 2017 Discovery has a two-speed transfer box for high- and low-range gearing for optimum on-road and off-road performance with torque  split 50/50 between front/rear wheels but also uses a range of sensors to distribute torque between the wheels according to the surface being used or crossed.

Low-range is selected automatically when off-road drive for rock-crawling or soft ground is selected.

‘MORE REFINED, MORE COMFORTABLE’

Maximum ground clearance of 283mm, approach angle of 34 degrees, breakover angle 27.5 degrees and departure angle 30 degrees should, Land Rover says, take the Discovery over even the most extreme obstacles.

Maximum wading depth is 900mm.

The cars also claim to be more refined and comfortable with superior handling and ride comfort along with a tow ceiling of 3500kg.

Prices in July 2017 will start at R980 000. Take a look at the Land Rover configurator to build your own vehicle.

GENERATION FIVE: New style, new image, for the Indian-owned company. Image: Land Rover
GENERATION FIVE: New style, new image, for the Indian-owned company. Image: Land Rover
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