The Indian arm of the British premium automobile manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) on Wednesday announced the launched of its new-generation seven-seater premium SUV, dubbed as the “Land Rover Discovery” in the Indian four-wheeler market at a starting price of Rs. 68.05 lakh (Ex-showroom, Pan India). Besides this, the company also announced the pricing details and availability of the vehicle. Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) India has already started accepting bookings for the 2017 Land Rover Discovery SUV against a token amount ranging between Rs 2-5 lakh (depends on dealers), while the deliveries of the new Discovery to its owners will commence from November 2017. To pre-book the all-new Discovery, prospective customers will have to visit at the company’s official online website www.findmeasuv.in or any of the 25 Land Rover-authorised dealerships across the country.
“More & more of our discerning customers today are seeking new experiences, adventures and avenues for an outdoor lifestyle with family and friends. The All-New Land Rover Discovery is the only vehicle they will ever need to fulfil all their desires & aspirations,” said Mr Rohit Suri, Managing Director and President, Jaguar Land Rover India Ltd. (JLRIL).
The seven-seater luxury SUV was first showcased at the 2014 New York Auto Show as the Discovery Vision Concept and made its global debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. The fifth-generation Land Rover Discovery has been offered by the company in five variants – S, SE, HSE, HSE Luxury and First Edition and will be available in both petrol and diesel powertrain options.
Here are the variants wise prices of the Land Rover Discovery premium SUV:
|Land Rover Discovery Variants||Price (Ex-Showroom, Pan India)|
|Discovery 3.0L Petrol S||Rs. 68.05 Lakh|
|Discovery 3.0L Petrol SE||Rs. 71.15 Lakh|
|Discovery 3.0L Petrol HSE||Rs. 74.23 Lakh|
|Discovery 3.0L Petrol HSE Luxury||Rs. 78.91 Lakh|
|Discovery 3.0L Petrol First Edition||Rs. 84.43 Lakh|
|Discovery 3.0L Diesel S||Rs. 78.37 Lakh|
|Discovery 3.0L Diesel SE||Rs. 85.30 Lakh|
|Discovery 3.0L Diesel HSE||Rs. 89.54 Lakh|
|Discovery 3.0L Diesel HSE Luxury||Rs. 95.47 Lakh|
|Discovery 3.0L Diesel First Edition||Rs. 1.02 Crore|
Talking about its mechanical department, the new generation Discovery will be offered in two powertrain options — one petrol variant and one diesel variant. The petrol variant Land Rover Discovery is powered by a 3.0-litre, Si6 V6 turbo-petrol engine that churns out 335 bhp of peak power against the peak torque of 450 Nm @ 3,500-5,000 rpm. On the other hand, the diesel variant Land Rover Discovery is powered by a 3.0 L Td6 V6 turbo-diesel engine that generates 255 bhp of peak power @ 3,750 rpm and the peak torque of 600 Nm @ 2000 rpm. Both the engines come mated to an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission. The new Discovery also features four-wheel drive system as standard and Land Rover’s Terrain Response system 2 as an option, which includes various driving modes and settings to configure the 4-wheel-drive system of the vehicle.
Talking about its exterior, the 2017 Land Rover Discovery borrows its styling and design languages from the new generation Evoque, Range Rover and Discovery Sport SUVs. The new-generation Discovery is 480kg lighter than the previous model as the new Discovery is made of an aluminium monocoque chassis and based on the company’s latest lightweight full-size SUV architecture. The front part of the gets Adaptive LED headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights (DRLs) and company’s signature twin slat grille. The front bumper sports a lower placed wide air dam and vertical air intakes. The rear section of the SUV receives an integrated spoiler with LED taillights and a muscular black plastic cladding on the rear bumper. Apart from this, the car also gets features like 21-inch, 10-spoke alloy wheels, electric sunroof and rain-sensing windscreen wipers. Dimensionally, the new Land Rover Discovery measures 4,988 mm in length, 2,220 mm in width and 1,846 mm in height. The car has a wheelbase of 2,922 mm.
Being a luxury SUV member, the new Land Rover Discovery SUV sports various exciting features inside the cabin such as company’s 10-inch touchscreen InControl Touch Pro infotainment system that supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a 14-speaker Meridian digital surround system (depending on the variant), three-zone automatic climate control, ambient lighting, twin front cup holders, dual panoramic sunroofs, heads-up information display for the driver and much more. Apart from this, the vehicle also gets a 360-degree camera as standard, four 12V charging points and Intelligent Seat Fold technology that allows passengers to reconfigure the second- and the third-row seats.
In terms of safety, the new-generation Land Rover Discovery SUV offers various safety features including ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution), Front side impact airbags, Side curtain airbags, Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Hill Descent Control (HDC), Hill Start Assist, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Roll Stability Control (RSC), Parallel-Park Assist and Traction control and much more.
In the Indian market, the 2017 Land Rover Discovery will compete against the likes of Volvo XC90, Audi Q7, BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE.