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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