What is it?
The top-of-the-range diesel version of the new Land Rover Discovery '5', soon to be seen displayed up on ramps and at improbable and eye-catching angles outside various Land Rover dealerships near you.
Powered by a 254bhp 3.0-litre turbodiesel V6 and coming with an impressive list of standard equipment that includes LED headlights, a 14-speaker premium audio system, rear-seat entertainment screens and 21in alloy wheels, this version of the Discovery is probably Land Rover’s biggest in-house threat to the continuing sales success of the Range Rover Sport - although you can bet your pension that Land Rover itself won’t be selling the car in those terms.
It’s a mightily plush and upmarket car, then, but somewhat different than the Range Sport, and also nothing less than the most capable car that Land Rover claims it has made to date. As a result of the move away from the Discovery 4’s old semi-separate chassis, the Discovery’s ground clearance has actually been reduced from 310- to 283mm (which, whisper this, is actually no more than a Mercedes-Benz GLE gives you at its most rugged, and less than you’d get from a Mercedes-Benz GLS).
But the new Discovery will wade through as much as 900mm of water, is considerably lighter than the car it replaces, retains a low-range transfer gearbox and has a more sophisticated suite of electronic ‘terrain response’ traction and stability control systems than any Land Rover that has come before it.