The current Discovery has been on the market for a very long time and despite the fact it has been upgraded a few times in its life, the base car its roots in the early 2000s with its steel chassis and massive 5,600 pounds of weight. In order to improve this dinosaur, JLR is going to release a new model with the 2017 Land Rover Discovery and while there aren’t any official details about it available just yet, the car has been spied testing a couple of months ago with a rather tight camouflage on it which showed most of its final shape.
What’s new for 2017?
Unlike the ongoing model, the new Discovery will not be using the steel frame and body but it will be moved on the same platform with the new Range Rover Sport. This means that its chassis will make heavy use of aluminum and on top of that, some of its suspension components and even body panels may be made out of aluminum in order to keep its weight down and to allow for a better weight distribution than before.
Modern Design – Changes and new Look
In terms of looks, the upcoming 2017 Land Rover Discovery is going to make use of Land Rover’s latest design scheme. This means that in the front, instead of the current bulky design, the car will feature a more similar design to that of the Evoque or the Range Rover with a curvier appearance, new LED headlights, their new grille design and even a more aerodynamic bumper.
In the back on the other hand, the rather tall glass-house of the previous model, which can be regarded as a trademark of the Discovery, is likely going to make a comeback, especially since the camouflaged model seems to be quite similar in design at the back.
The interior is certainly going to be different than what the current model has and some rumors even say that the car will feature quite a bit more room inside. This is mostly thanks to its new platform which will take a lot less floor space than before. Also, just like with the current model, the new Discovery is going to feature a massive amount of space for all the passengers which means it will likely have no competitor when it comes to the seven seats crossovers out there.
Engine & Advanced Performance
Engine wise, the 2017 Land Rover Discovery is likely going to feature two different engines in the US while in Europe it may see a third option as well. The base model will be using the 3 liter supercharged V6 from the current European version, engine which is quite capable at 340 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. An option will likely be the 3 liter turbocharged V6 diesel which is not only fuel efficient but also a beast when it comes to its total towing capacity.
Both of these should be using an 8 speed automatic which will likely be provided by ZF and both of them should be at least 15% more efficient than what the current model is offering. This will be achieved mostly thanks to its 800 to 1,200 pounds of lost weight which will come from the aluminum construction.
In Europe, thanks to the massive weight loss, some rumors say that the Discovery will also receive a hybrid with a 2 liter diesel which will offer around 240 horsepower and over 300 lb-ft of torque.
2017 Land Rover Discovery Price
The car will likely be released at the New York Auto Show in April and it should be ready for the market by the start of 2017. The price is still unknown for now but considering how their models evolved we could see a small premium over the price of the current model. On the other hand, some reports say that price starts at $60,000, depending of trim levels.
The biggest rivals are 2016 Volvo XC90 and 2016 Audi Q7.