When it comes to automobile launches in India, there is a set format of the event. Journalists are waiting in front of the stage, the particular car or motorcycle rolls out and then prices are announced. And then follows a long boring product description. However, when you are Land Rover, things have to be different and classy in nature. The British automobile manufacturer ditched conventional launch venues and chose an off-beat location for the all-new Land Rover Discovery. A carnival consisting of theatre, campsite, food, experience zone and a kennel too. These are some of the prime tastes that a prospective Land Rover owner would enjoy. And looking at the happy faces of the attendees, Land Rover surely got it right, making it an interesting event. Let us not get distracted (too much) as we had an important launch to attend.
The Land Rover all-new Discovery was showcased today in India. The 2017 Land Rover Discovery is priced at Rs 71.38 lakh for the 3.0L petrol S model whereas the prices of the diesel variants start at Rs 82.21 lakh, wherein the 3.0L diesel S is the range starter. The deliveries of the 2017 Land Rover SUV will start from November this year, however the company has already started accepting bookings for the all-new premium SUV in India. The 2017 Land Rover Discovery will lock horns against the Volvo XC90 and the Audi Q7 in India.
The 2017 Land Rover Discovery comes with the same design language that we have been seeing on the new-age Land Rover SUVs
The SUV is based on the company's Premium Lightweight Architecture (PLA) which has made it 480kg lighter than the previous-gen model. The new-gen Land Rover Discovery has chucked the squarish profile and straight lines for a sleeker and sophisticated design. While this might appeal to the new-age customers, the existing enthusiasts might find the change a bit too much. We also believe that the upcoming new-age Defender will fill in the void of a traditional SUV design. The fifth-generation Land Rover Discovery is 140mm longer and shorter in height than the previous model. The side profile of the new-age Discovery looks almost like the smaller Discovery Sport, evidently so because of the slanted and thick C-pillar.
The interior of the 2017 Land Rover Discovery too looks familiar
The cabin arrangement of the 2017 Land Rover Discovery has been completely redone with new design and trim layers. Sharing with the flagship Range Rover are the steering wheel, dashboard and the central panel. Similar to the Sport, this one too will be offered in 5- and 7-seat configurations. Internationally, Land Rover has devised a Intelligent Seat Fold system that allows owners to reconfigure their vehicle seating remotely with a smartphone from anywhere in the world.
The 2017 Land Rover Discovery will be available in both petrol and diesel engines
The 3.0L TD6 diesel automatic model of the 2017 Land Rover Discovery comes with a 6-cylinder 2,993cc motor that makes 260PS/600Nm and comes mated to the 8-speed automatic transmission. The 3.0L Si6 petrol automatic unit produces 340PS/450Nm and this one too comes paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The diesel model has a claimed top speed of 209kmph and a 0-100kmph acceleration timing of 8.1seconds and petrol model has a max speed of 215kmph and a 0-100kmph timing of 7.1seconds.