Back in July we got a sneak peek at the all-new fifth-generation Discovery while at Land Rover’s headquarters on other business. That was a great deal of fun in that moment, but the conditions of taking in that little peep show demanded that we not divulge any details until Land Rover gave us the green light. And now that time has come.
After months of speculation about this signature new vehicle, the facts are now public. We’ve cut through all the flowery PR prose to get to the details that matter most, and we think you’ll agree with us the new Discovery 5 looks to be a formidable successor to the LR4, a vehicle that has only recently earned the respect it deserved all along.
Without a doubt, the new Discovery will add a lot more luxury appointments and bring with it new technological advancements to make it easier and safer to drive in a variety of challenging conditions. But what might come as a surprise is just how much attention the engineers seemed to have paid to its genuine off-roadability. Any concerns that Land Rover had given up on true adventure travelers should be calmed by the facts below.
Without further ado, we present the details that matter most to us (and you, presumably). We’re just happy they’re calling it Discovery once again.
1000 pounds lighter
The new Discovery shares its all-aluminum structure with the current Range Rover and Range Rover Sport. This, combined with a full unitized frame, sheds half a ton from the curb weight of new model compared to the outgoing LR4. Base curb weight is down to 4835 pounds.
Land Rover’s 254-hp/443-lb-ft Td6 turbodiesel 3.0-liter V6 will be available as an option on all but the standard SE model, with the 340-hp/332-lb-ft supercharged gas 3.0-liter V6 fitted as standard. Both will be mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
2-speed transfer case
A conventional transfer case with both high and low ranges will still be available. The fully synchronize gearbox can be shifted on the fly up to 37 mph. The optional single-speed transfer case saves 37.5 pounds, however.
Coil Spring Suspension
The standard suspension will be a conventional coil spring arrangement acting on a doube-wishbone front and multilink rear suspension. Four-wheel air suspension will be optional.
11 inches of ground clearance
With the optional air suspension, the new Discovery can be lifted to 11.1 inches of ground clearance. At maximum height , the Discovery 5 on air suspension has a 34-degree approach angle, a 27.5-degree breakover angle, and a 30-degree departure angle.
2-stage off-road height
There are now two off-road suspension heights. Maximum lift (2.95 inches) can be held at speeds up to 31 mph. Above that speed, the suspension can maintain a 1.57-inch lift up to 50 mph. The air suspension affords 19.7 inches of total wheel articulation.
35.4 inches of fording depth
With the optional air suspension at full height, the Discovery 5 can safely navigate almost three feet of water.
Adult-size third row seating
Equipped as a 5-seater as standard, the optional third row was designed to accommodate two full-size adults. The benchmark was a 95th-percentile adult, which measures out to just a tick under 6’3”.
6.3 inches of 2nd-row fore/aft adjustment
Access to the third row is still through the second row, which now offers more than six inches of forward and back adjustment for better ingress to the rear area as well as greater overall cargo flexibility.
Larger load space opening
The rear hatch opens to accommodate items up to 33.6 inches tall and 45.3 inches wide.
Overall length 195.7 inches. Wheelbase 115.1 inches. Overall width 87.4 inches (mirrors out). Overall height 72.7 inches.
Base price $49,990
The standard SE model will start just below the magic $50k mark (before destination charges). The HSE will start at $56,950, and an HSE Luxury model will start at $63,950. The optional Td6 diesel engine will add $2000 to either HSE model’s base price.
Land Rover will offer a limited run of “about” 500 First Edition Discovery 5 models. Fully equipped HSE Luxury models, they will be finished in one of three special launch-only color packages: Namib Orange with black grille, contrasting black roof and black 21-inch wheels; Silicon Silver with black grille and roof and silver 21-inch wheels; or Farallon Black with black grille and silver 21-inch wheels. Each interior will feature etched detailing on the aluminum trim. First Edition models will be priced from $74,950.
The Discovery 5 will go on sale in North America as a 2017 model in late-spring of 2017.
We’ve attached a pdf of the complete 18-page press release for further reading here.