Van-like version of latest Discovery mixes big storage space with proven off-road ability
Sam Sheehan
18 December 2017

Land Rover has launched a two-seat version of its latest Discovery called the Commercial that is designed to be a rugged alternative to a van.

Like previous versions of the Commercial, which have been launched with every generation of Discovery, the new car ditches the second and third-row seats to create a load space that’s 1635mm long, 939mm high and 1411mm wide.

It can swallow up to 1856 litres of cargo, which is actually 600 litres less than the regular car can manage when its seats are folded down. This is due to the fitment of a strong metal guard at the front of the load section that separates the cabin and back and prevents objects flying forward in the event of an accident.

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As standard, the Commercial gets privacy glass at the rear to keep any contents out of sight and a powered tailgate for improved access.

Like the regular Discovery, all four wheels are driven through Land Rover’s Terrain Response drive technology with a twin-speed transfer box. The car rides on air suspension as standard and gets a full-size spare wheel. This makes it a considerably more rugged and able offering than most alternative cargo-carriers.

Optional Terrain Response 2 technology is available for buyers after maximum effectiveness in low grip scenarios. It automatically adjusts the car’s driveline to current surface conditions rather than requiring the driver to change settings manually.

Just two turbocharged diesel engines are offered with the Commercial: the 2.0-litre SD4 with 237bhp and the 3.0-litre TD6 with 254bhp. The car gets an automatic gearbox as standard.

At the front of the cabin, the normal dashboard is retained with InControl Touch Pro infotainment as standard. The regular car’s raft of driver assistance features, such as autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning and a heated windscreen, are also thrown in.

Jaguar Land Rover managing director Jeremy Hicks said: “The Discovery Commercial has always been a key part of the Discovery line-up since the Discovery 1, but the latest version brings new levels of practicality, versatility and premium levels of comfort that showcase the vehicle’s hard-working DNA.”

Prices for the Commercial start £2800 above the regular car. It costs £48,695 for the 2.0-litre model, while the 3.0-litre version opens from £50,195. A spokesman told Autocar that the higher cost was due to the cost of the "conversion from standard vehicle to Commercial specification". First deliveries are due in quarter two of 2018.

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18 December 2017

Charge more for less, slathered in premium premiuminess, and used to deliver premium premiuminess in those areas of your town where those who surround themselves with items defined by their premium premiuminess define themselves by how many premium premiuminess items surround tgem.

Premiumy.

18 December 2017

50 grand for a delivery van.

18 December 2017

That's the best, nearest to the mark review ever!! Thanks for saving me 5 minutes

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

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18 December 2017

Cant see too many Farrier's stumping up that sort of money!

18 December 2017

That price is so amusing! JLR will never keep up with demand.

18 December 2017

The commercial version made some sort of sense with earlier Discos, but the latest one is so upmarket and expensive, I can't see much demand for this!

18 December 2017

So the van versiuon with no rear seats has 600l less load space than a normal version with rear seats. Yeah, that really makes sense, JLR!!

If you need a van with 4x4, why not just buy a VW Transporter 4Motion?

K_A

18 December 2017
Jeremy wrote:

If you need a van with 4x4, why not just buy a VW Transporter 4Motion?

I was just thinking that myself. For less, one can also purchase AWD variants of the Ford Transit and Mercedes Sprinter.

18 December 2017

Why is this car more to by than the base version when it doesn't have a rear seat or rear windows in the ??

It should be the cheapest in the range shouldnt it ?

 

 

18 December 2017

Did I read that the Inland Revenue now require you to prove that you need a van for your job, specifically to stop people getting the tax benefits of "luxuary vans" ?

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