The next Land Rover Discovery is to be unveiled by Land Rover this evening; it's the fifth generation of Land Rover's large SUV
Jimi Beckwith
28 September 2016

The new 2017 Land Rover Discovery will be revealed at 7.30pm this evening.

The 2017 Land Rover Discovery has been revealed. Click here to view it.

Take a read of our recap of the Discovery's 27-year history here, take a look at our picture gallery from the model's 25th birthday here and find out just why we like the Land Rover stalwart so much here.

Read about this year's Paris motor show here

The off-road ability of the 2017 Land Rover Discovery was demonstrated in two new videos as part of Land Rover's teaser campaign.

The first shows the car tackling off-road routes at pace, with deep-water wading, steep descents down sand dunes and uneven inclines included in the footage.

The second focuses on the Discovery's ability to function as a family vehicle, and reveals the efforts Land Rover has gone to in the pursuit of practicality.

The car maker has so far confirmed that its 2017 model will have up to nine USB ports and enough secure storage space to hide four iPads, and it'll also use an innovative Intelligent Seat Technology system that allows users to control and fold down seats remotely using a smartphone app.

An earlier teaser image (shown lower down) of the car revealed its full front-end styling, which in true Discovery form, features high ground clearance, an imposing front grille and Range Rover-like styling.

The look marks a considerable departure from more boxy previous generations of the Discovery but closely matches the styling of the Discovery Vision concept of 2014. 

Previous Spy images of the Discovery testing have suggested that it could maintain the car’s signature asymmetric boot lid, with the registration plate positioned over to one side of the rear end.

Technical specs

The fifth-generation Discovery is set to use the Land Rover's 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engine, while petrol and diesel 3.0-litre V6 powerplants are also mooted, stemming from Land Rover's development of modular engine technology.

The seven-seater will also use the Range Rover’s aluminium monocoque, making it considerably lighter than its 2622kg predecessor. It is also expected to be tech-heavy - a projection of what’s underneath the car onto the bonnet is just one such system expected to feature.

Land Rover is positioning the new Discovery as much more upmarket than the current model, according to design boss Gerry McGovern. The repositioning and sharper design do not mean that the Discovery has sacrificed any of its off-road ability, though, and that the car would be “more universally appealing, without compromises”.

The Discovery family doesn't end with the Discovery and Discovery Sport, though; the Discovery will be the largest in a three-car-plus Discovery sub-brand, much like how the Range Rover has gained the Sport and Evoque variants, as well as the upcoming coupé. Incidentally, the new Discovery will be built alongside the larger Range Rover variants in Solihull.

It's likely that the third member of the Discovery family will be smaller than the Discovery Sport, as the growing small SUV segments continue to thrive. McGovern ruled out the possibility of a larger model.

This means that the Discovery’s current starting price of £47,495 is likely to increase and move closer to that of the next model in the line-up, the Range Rover Sport, which starts from £62,345.

The Discovery will be the first car in Land Rover’s line-up to gain an SVX variant. The SVX badge is one of three arms of Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations division. The other two are the high-performance SVR and luxury SVAutobiography arms.

After a long campaign of teasers and demonstrations, the model will be shown in full at an event prior to the Paris motor show

Keep up with all the latest Paris motor show news, with all the latest reveals and details here

Our Verdict

Land Rover Discovery

The Land Rover Discovery has an unbeatable combination of practicality, off-road ability and on-road manners

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Comments
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6 September 2016
...Not a patch on Disco 3

'an imposing front grille' Never mind the grille... is there any need for the bumper (actually, IS it a 'bumper' or a 'style feature' to be quite so bloody huge?

Take no notice... I'm only here for the biscuits

6 September 2016
esreveRnIefiL wrote:

...Not a patch on Disco 3

'an imposing front grille' Never mind the grille... is there any need for the bumper (actually, IS it a 'bumper' or a 'style feature' to be quite so bloody huge?

Looks handsome in the flesh. Very.

A34

6 September 2016
So will the Disco 3/4 be reprofiled as a new Defender?

6 September 2016
Agreed. Disco 3 was great looking and this is no improvement.

6 September 2016
Prices for the Discovery will start at just shy of £50K, but will move into £70K territory for a fully litter out version.

6 September 2016
Kamelo wrote:

Prices for the Discovery will start at just shy of £50K, but will move into £70K territory for a fully litter out version.

The four cylinder will be be around the £45K mark.

6 September 2016
The x5,Q7 and xc90 start about 50k and the q7 3 litre can be had for 43k after 7k discount on line so the Discovery needs to take back market share ,it is not a Range Rover where often the higher spec sells the most ,he mid range Disco uswed to sell very well ie Xs trim.looks good so far.I do hope that the Defendar range sticks to Tonka toy butch format as an alternative though.

6 September 2016
Kamelo wrote:
Kamelo wrote:

Prices for the Discovery will start at just shy of £50K, but will move into £70K territory for a fully litter out version.

The four cylinder will be be around the £45K mark.

The four banger will also be slower than a week in jail.

6 September 2016
That front view of the new Disco reminds me of a bulldog.

Cyborg

6 September 2016
Cyborg wrote:

That front view of the new Disco reminds me of a bulldog.

Which s chewing a wasp!

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