What is it?
When you see a Range Rover next to a new Discovery, sit in the respective cabins, look at the price lists for certain models and go for an off-road drive, as we have been doing in a late prototype in Scotland, those first impressions of the car are only reinforced.
Watch our video review of the production version of the Discovery
But then you head into the back and start to play with the rearmost five seats. In a Range Rover you can’t collapse the electronically powered, individual seats to create a space the size of a decent studio flat, or leave them all up and have five full-size adults sit with as much head and leg room as they’ll ever need, their own individual storage, seat heaters and phone chargers and still have room for a couple of bags in the boot. That sounds much more like a Discovery.
So it is a Discovery, then, only much lighter than before, in certain version by up to 480kg, which is such a saving that a four-cylinder Ingenium diesel engine with 237bhp is now offered alongside the carry-over 254bhp diesel and 355bhp petrol 3.0-litre V6s.
The weight loss should improve the Discovery’s on-road manners and performance, although such impressions will have to wait for next February when we drive a finished car on the road for the first time.