Land Rover’s all-new Discovery 5 is here, and it’s a lot more high tech than you’d expect.
The new Disco prides itself in the versatility of the interior design that would allow you to use it for just about any SUV purpose and all of it from the multimedia unit on the dashboard, or remotely from your smartphone using an optional extra called ‘Intelligent Seat Fold’. The exterior design, however, depends on personal preferences, as I find the bloated rear half of the Discovery 5 to be quite off-putting from the elegant front of the car.
In terms of technology, Land Rover seems to have gone all out to give the customers all they could. There are plenty of smart driver aids like Lane Keep Assist, Autonomous Emergency Braking, and a Heads-Up Display. It is still quite a capable SUV with their Terrain Response systems, a twin-speed transfer gearbox and has a claimed towing capacity of up to 3500 kg.
The Disco has also been on a diet and with new lighter components, it has rid itself of 480kg but it still weighs upwards of 2000kg. There have been 3 engine variants announced thus far :
- 2.0-litre 4 cylinder Ingenium turbodiesel with 236 bhp power and 369lb ft torque, a top speed of 207 kph.
- 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel with 254 bhp power and 443lb ft torque, a top speed of 209 kph
- 3.0-litre supercharged petrol v6 with 335 bhp power and 332lb ft torque, a top speed of 215 kph
All engine variants will be paired with an 8-speed automatic gearbox. According to sources, much of the 4×4 systems on the new Disco were tested in computer simulations, which they claim has helped them save money on building imperfect prototypes and allows them to give the customers exactly what they promise.
The estimated starting price for the new Land Rover Discovery 5 range is INR 55 Lacs