Just recently, our spy photographers caught the images of the upcoming 2017 Land Rover Discovery which is set to replace the Land Rover LR4 in the US market.
According to the images, the automaker has done away with the body-on-frame construction on the outgoing LR4 and replaced it with an aluminum monocoque which is used in the current models of Range Rover. This new platform will result in significant weight reduction thus helping boost its fuel economy and performance.
2017 Land Rover Discovery Exterior
Due to the new chassis, the Discovery will boast a more stylish exterior which derives its inspiration from its smaller brother “the Discovery Sport”. However, the sleek styling does not erode its signature rough and rugged SUV design synonymous with the Land Rover name. Its tall greenhouse shape with large windows is carried over as well as the stepped roof.
Underneath the heavy camouflage you will find a soft front fascia and a clamshell bonnet. There are also new front air intakes and redesigned headlights and taillights at the rear. The area around the C-pillars and the rear has also been modified to look more like the smaller Discovery Sport. The rear window will have a raked angle and the window itself will be framed by a spoiler. It also features an air ride suspension which helps keep ground clearance in check more so in off-road terrain.
The current model has a 10.2 inch ground clearance setting which will most likely carry over to the new model. Overall, the vehicle will have a modern and sportier look than any Discovery model before it.
Due to the reduced curb weight and improved engines, the Land Rover Discovery could increase its towing capacity from the current 7,716 pounds.
2017 Land Rover Discovery Interior
The spy photos in our possession do little to reveal the interior styling. But one thing is sure though, the new generation Discovery will get an all-new interior styling which is modern and made from quality materials. Though it won’t be as stylish as that of the Range Rover, it will be a huge improvement from the one on the outgoing models.
The vehicle will accommodate 7 passengers across a three-row seating arrangement. The second and third rear rows will have an improved folding capability to expand cargo space. It is not clear if a split tailgate will be featured as of this writing. Other features include a transparent bonnet technology, laser lights technology and remote parking. These are some of the features we highly expect to be featured.
In addition, the automaker will add other features on the cabin including modern tech features such as Smartphone integration, Bluetooth connectivity, USB ports and many more as well as an array of safety features.
Land Rover has not made public details about the upcoming Discovery’s power-train. However, we expect the automaker to continue with its tradition of forced induction intake systems which feature a turbocharger on diesel engines and a supercharger on petrol engines.
There are also rumors that the Discovery will offer a 2.0 L Ingenium range of drive-trains for base level models while 3.0 L turbocharged diesel and 3.0 L turbocharged Petrol engines will power top trims. Maybe even the most powerful supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 from the previous generation, be boosted with a few horsepower.
Anyway, the expected acceleration is excellent for this class of vehicle, from 0-60 mph new Discovery arrives for about 7 seconds, and reaches a top speed of 125 mph.
A hybrid drive-train is also likely. The engine being fronted is a 2.0 L Ingenium engine mated with electric combined with electric motors and will have a range of up to 20 miles on electric power alone but at low speeds.
Power will be channeled to all wheels via a ZF-sourced 8-speed automatic transmission system. We will keep you posted once we have more information on the 2017 Land Rover Discovery engine specs.
Price and release date
Land Rover has not released any information about the new model’s release date or price. But according to rumors, the price will largely remain similar to the outgoing model. The current LR4 starts at $ 50,400 and goes up to $ 60,600 for the top HSE LUX.