The Discovery must still rank as one of the cleverest reinterpretations ever seen in the car world. The bluff nose, the slab of bonnet, the stepped roof and the wrap of those rear side windows instinctively tell you that not only is this a Land Rover, but also that it’s a Discovery.
Form follows function, however. Every Land Rover must offer a class-leading spread of abilities, and that meant rethinking the car’s basic structure. Two separate chassis emerged which, combined underneath the Discovery, are called Integrated Body Frame.
This offers the strength of a ladder chassis for off-road performance and, with its unitary body on which the suspension (exotic double wishbones at each corner, and air spheres for springs) is supported, on-road performance to match the best.
The spec sheet reveals one important side effect: weight. Even with a magnesium crash structure up front, the Discovery weighs a hefty 2570kg. And as we'll go on to describe, that brings this car advantages and disadvantages.