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Land Rover sneaks price list for new Discovery
Prices fall across the Discovery range as Land Rover preps July Oz launch
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20 Dec 2016
By NEIL DOWLING
LAND Rover has confirmed a $3400 price slash for its all-new Discovery when it hits Australia in July priced from $65,960 plus on-road costs.
The long-awaited Discovery – which replaces the Discovery 4 – not only represents a significant discount on its $69,345 predecessor but takes substantial steps up the technology ladder.
Outwardly, the 2017 Discovery eschews the boxy silhouette that previously identified the model and instead picks up strong family styling cues from the Discovery Sport and the Range Rover Sport.
Under the more rounded skin, the Discovery no longer has a ladder-frame chassis and separate body, but follows its siblings with an aluminium platform wrapping a monocoque body.
In the transition, it has shed a massive 480 kilograms and will impact on fuel and emission reductions as well as potential improvements to on-road performance.
This allows Land Rover to include the 2.0-litre turbo-diesel Ingenium engine that has previously been reserved for the smaller Discovery Sport and Evoque, and passenger cars including the Jaguar XE and XF.
The small diesel will be available in two tune levels – 132kW/430Nm and 180kW/500Nm – and provide an alternative to the carryover 190kW/600Nm 3.0-litre V6 diesel.
Land Rover data shows the 132kW diesel is capable of 6.2 litres per 100 kilometres and the 180kW version, which has two turbochargers, claims 6.4L/100km. The V6 is rated at 7.2L/100km.
It is likely the Discovery range will expand with other engine choices including the 250kW supercharged V6 petrol used in the Jaguar range.
All models will have an eight-speed automatic and Land Rover will have a two-speed transfer case as an option for owners who want to get away from the blacktop.
Up to 13 variants of the Discovery – peaking at the First Edition which will cost $132,160 – will be available, but the final count for Australia is yet to be announced.
Trim levels follow Land Rover’s previous designations with an entry-level S, then the SE, HSE and the HSE Luxury that includes the limited series First Edition variant.
Specifications start with 19-inch wheels, 8.0-inch touchscreen, Isofix child-seat anchors, six-speaker audio and five seats. A seven-seat option is available on all models.
The SE adds satellite navigation, 10 speakers and front-parking sensors, while the HSE lifts the convenience factor higher with a 10.0-inch touchscreen, surround-view camera, upmarket sat-nav with off-road maps, 20-inch wheels and electric tailgate.
The option list is extensive, including an electric-fold rear seat controlled by your smartphone, heated seats on all three rows ($2490) and sat-nav for the S model ($1610).
Safety gear as standard is autonomous emergency braking, lane-departure warning, reversing camera and rear parking sensors. The SE adds front park sensors and the First Edition has park assist.
Land Rover Australia said further details will be available closer to the Discovery’s July launch.
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