SUVs masquerading as off-road vehicles are the norm in today’s automotive industry. What if you flipped this design and made a full off-road vehicle masquerading as an SUV? The people at Land Rover did it, and we’re looking at it.
- The latest Land Rover Discovery is sold with two diesel (both MHEV) or two petrol engines. A full hybrid is on the way
- There is a camera for the driver that shows on the field what exactly is under the front wheels. It is as if the bonnet and tires are transparent
- The Land Rover can tow a trailer weighing up to 3.5 tonnes
Indeed, the way the new Discovery looks leaves no doubt. The truth is, it is big, even very big. In fact, it is quite large. Five meters long, twenty-two meters wide and almost ninety meters tall, just a colossus. Walking around the city requires a bit of practice, luckily parking is made possible by an advanced system of 360 cameras with a very good resolution. Dimensions, however, are by no means a determinant of whether a vehicle is suitable for that location. After all, they are on the market SUVs even bigger than Disco (though not by much), and the slightly snow-covered road to the garage is often an insurmountable obstacle for them.
The rest of Land Rover’s outfit is also not as convincing as its own off the road ability. Well, it looks ugly, but otherwise the most elegant and “expensive” in its history. Minimal design, large areas of sheet metal and glass, I must admit that the British car is eye-catching. On the other hand, the aggressively offered front, especially in the R-Dynamic package, as well as the dimensions, are very respectable. I also like the patent with the asymmetric rear gate, referring to its predecessors. There is no spare wheel on it that can force such a style, but I think it is a good idea for long-term customers of the brand. On the other hand, I know a lot of people think they’re stupid, so as you can see, opinions are divided.
Is it still a Land or already a Range Rover?
Inside, the new Discovery is not a very good SUV, but it is definitely a full premium class. The material and design leave no doubt about it. Honestly, the differences between the above and more expensive Range Rover are cosmetic in my opinion. Elegant details have been taken care of here, and in the finishes even real metal, instead of its plastic imitation. Almost everything (except for the leather seats) is covered with a pleasant-to-the-touch material, which does not stain and is easy to clean. But what attracts me the most is the design of the interior itself – economical, but not boring, and very elegant in a typical British way. Forget about the screens that come out of the board that look like a Chinese tablet attached at the last minute. Everything here forms a common and balanced whole. The patent with an extra compartment cleverly hidden behind the air conditioning panel is great. Similar to the knobs, which have three functions – you can use them to control the temperature of the climate control, the power of the air vents, or the heating / ventilation of the seats.
In the case of Land Rover, the size of the body translates to the same amount of space inside. The first two rows are like business class on the plane, it will be worse in the third, of course, but for emergencies or transporting children it is enough. And if we travel with five people, the capacity of the trunk is enough for a vacation that will not last two weeks, but maybe even half a year.
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Big engine? You don’t need them anymore
When you look at such a big car, the same big engine automatically adjusts, but in this case it is wrong. There are two diesels to choose from, both with a capacity of 3 liters, both with a smooth hybrid installation, but in two power ranges. They allow you to tow a trailer weighing 3.5 tons. In our press car, however, there is a petrol engine, only two liters (there are also three liters to choose from). I must admit that my first impression was that the relationship of such a small engine with a large and heavy body could not work. In fact, it turns out that the 300 and 400 Nm horses he produced are doing quite well. I did not lack power in the city or on the highway, and even more so in the field. Although I personally would choose a diesel engine that will burn less and allow you to tow a heavier trailer. It is more suitable for the difficult work that Discovery, despite its appearance, is only done.
Flesh and blood road
This is where we come to the nail of the software, the driving characteristics of Land Rover. Despite the fact that the press car was wearing road tires, the first exit from asphalt roads immediately removed all doubts about the true nature of the Discovery. It is the way of flesh and blood. It’s true, full of electronics, with air suspension and everyday comfort, but it’s a 100% off-road vehicle. Once you’re in rough terrain, all you have to do is add terrain clearance (which happens very quickly), select the correct terrain type from the on-board computer’s menu, or even let it auto-detect, then don’t. disrupting the advanced driving system and suspension management system. The Grand Land Rover will go wherever you want without showing even the first signs of breathlessness.
Of course, if you want to get into the mud, you’ll need to change the tires to ones with a more aggressive tread, but basically, the rest of the car is ready for that when it leaves the factory. After all, rarely any car in the serial configuration can easily go into the water with a depth of ninety (!) Centimeters. At this point, it is worth reassuring those who believe that good off-road qualities prevent civilized behavior on asphalt. Well, the two rarely go together, but here they are seamlessly in one body. The Discovery behaves like any city SUV on paved roads, it doesn’t sway dangerously, the steering is precise and the interior is quiet. Neither city roads nor highways scare him. The only thing that needs to be corrected is its large size.
Finally, a few words about the price. The basic variant with a two-liter engine in the standard equipment version costs PLN 288,000. zlotys. On the other hand, for a more suitable three-liter diesel in the R Dynamic HSE package, you will pay at least 200,000. More PLN. It’s a lot of money, but firstly you get a lot of car for the money and secondly Range Rover hasn’t released the price list yet. There’s no point in comparing the Discovery to similarly sized competition cars, as they all offer the same off-road driving capabilities as one, and their theoretical off-road capabilities are only available in the marketing department’s specifications. If you are not afraid of big cars, the new Land Rover Discovery is undoubtedly the most attractive product on the market.