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Land Rover Discovery debuts at Paris Motor Show

Thursday 29 September 2016, By Autovolo

Land Rover Discovery debuts at Paris Motor Show

Land Rover Discovery debuts at Paris Motor Show

Land Rover has revealed the new Discovery ahead of the Paris Motor Show, which opens its doors to the public on Saturday.

The fifth-generation 4x4 is aimed at families looking for a luxurious SUV, but it maintains Land Rover’s fabled all-terrain capability. The result is a car with seven seats, nine USB ports and in-car WiFi, as well as full-time four-wheel drive and off-road driver aids.

Externally, many of the styling cues are shared with the smaller Discovery Sport, such as the slanting C-pillar and the curved rear windows, but signature features such as the stepped roof and asymmetrical tailgate have remained.

Inside, the cabin retains the outgoing Discovery’s vertical lines and rugged feel, while the folding seats allow for a variety of luggage- and passenger-carrying configurations.

Thanks to an aluminium construction, the new model is almost half a tonne lighter than the outgoing model, and fuel efficiency is further aided by a new engine range.

The 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine of the old car has evolved to become more efficient and less polluting, while it is joined by a 237bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine, which represents the new entry-level engine.

Although it offers similar performance to the old 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine, the 2.0-litre is even more efficient, with 43.5mpg and 171g/km.

At the other end of the range is the 3.0-litre petrol V6, which is the same supercharged engine found in the basic Jaguar F-Type. With 335bhp and 450Nm of torque, it provides a 7.1-second 0-62mph time.

All three engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox from German firm ZF.

The Disovery will arrive in the UK in the spring with a £42,495 starting price, but 600 First Edition cars, featuring 22-inch alloy wheels and unique exterior colours, will be offered with a £68,295 price tag.