By on September 28, 2016

2017 Land Rover Discovery

Land Rover pulled the wraps off the next-generation Discovery today at the Paris Auto Show, revealing a host of changes to the brand’s storied nameplate.

Not wanting anyone to mistake it for another SUV, the automaker kept some exterior styling cues from the outgoing LR4, but moved the overall shape in the direction of the Discovery Sport. However, the biggest changes hide beneath the Disco’s skin.

For its fifth life, the seven-seat Discovery adopts aluminum architecture, losing more than 1,000 pounds compared to its predecessor. Besides the addition of new connectivity and safety technology, the model adds a diesel powerplant to supplement its gas-powered V6.

2017 Land Rover Discovery

The volume powertrain is a carryover turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 making 340 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. New to the model is a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 shared with the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport. The new oil burner makes 254 hp and 443 lb-ft. Both mate to a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission.

While base models carry a very strategic MSRP of $49,990, moving up to the diesel comes at a cost. The Discovery HSE Td6 stickers for $58,950, or $65,950 in HSE Luxury Td6 guise. Top-level First Edition models retail for $73,950, and come only with the gas engine.

Land Rover hasn’t released fuel economy figures, but expect the half-ton weight loss and optional diesel to return far more attractive numbers than the LR4. Adding a diesel allows the Disco to flex its muscles — maximum towing capacity rises to 8,201 pounds, up from 7,716 pounds in the LR4.

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Off-road, where few of these will actually be found, the new Disco benefits from a Terrain Response 2 system, offering a range of settings via a rotary control knob. If a driver decides to venture really deep into the rhubarb, All-Terrain Progress Control allows them to input a specific crawl speed. To improve passage over boulders and uneven ground (presumably after owners checked their warranty), the fifth-generation Discovery boasts an extra 1.7 inches of ground clearance, for a total of 11.1 inches. Maximum wading depth rises 7.9 inches to a FEMA-worthy 35.4 inches. This Disco wants to get wet.

Because of the implied lifestyle activities that come with a Land Rover, the automaker has borrowed the Activity Key wristband from the Jaguar F-Pace. This allows owners to lock their regular key fob in their vehicle, disabling it, while they go off and paddle (or surf, or whatever it is that Discovery owners are prone to do).

Inside, the new Discovery’s fold-flat seats allows for 82.7 cubic feet of cargo space, or 45 cubic feet behind the second-row seats. This is actually down slightly from the LR4’s 90.3 cubic feet of cargo space. Apparently, styling comes with a price.

The 2017 Land Rover Discovery goes on sale in the U.S. in mid-2017.

[Images: Jaguar Land Rover]

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36 Comments on “Fifth-generation Land Rover Discovery Brings a Diesel to America...”

  • avatar

    Are these the early days of a new Age of Gaudy in car colors as OEMs, constrained by CAFE to cookie-cutter shapes, try the only other avenue available for visual distinction?

    Or does the smart money realize that humans are no different from crows and raccoons as regards shiny things?


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    Diesel engine is the main seller here. In fact I am not aware of anyone who uses the petrol engine. Sales are very low
    Towing is still 7,700lbs, not 8201lbs

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    I wonder how well the ride is over those rocks on giant wheels with thin tires?

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    Is this built on the F Pace platform?

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    Is this the same “Lion” TurboDiesel that’s set to debut in the F-150? I believe it is.

    • 0 avatar

      Yes it is.

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      It’s the same diesel that Jaguar and LR have been using in Europe for close to 10 years now. I’ve driven it in a Jaguar XF in England (the 275 hp version) and I was able to average about 47 mpg. Obviously the LR will have lower fuel economy numbers.

      I love that diesel, most people wouldn’t be able to tell it was a diesel vs a gas engine if you handed them the keys and said to take a drive. Although the low end torque is a beautiful thing, come out of a roundabout and 70mph comes up effortlessly.

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    But diesel is dead in the US, according to the B&B at TTAC.

    I said it ovwr a year ago, while it will never be “mainstream” at the passenger vehicle level we are entering an era where there will be more diesel options than ever before.

    The cost advantage is quickly disappearing in the strive for fuel economy. DI, turbos, and soon to be gas particulate filters which will be included in certain models next year.

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    That is the nicest Explorer yet

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    My god what have they done to the LR4? The LR3 was a great original design that the LR4 made a little less so. This is like a giant Evoque. Where is the puke bucket?

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    Do bear in mind that the next Defender will fill the Discovery shaped void in the Land Rover lineup. Truth be told the outgoing Discovery was too close to the Land Cruiser than JLR would have liked. So the Duscovery has got a softer look to make room for the next Defender.

    • 0 avatar

      “Truth be told the outgoing Discovery was too close to the Land Cruiser than JLR would have liked.”

      Please explain.

      • 0 avatar

        The outgoing discovery is really what you’d expect a modern day defender to be (I.e a competitor to the land cruiser) which is exactly the space that the next Defender must fill. So now the new Disco become a 7 seat Range Rover and leaves the defender range space to grow.

        Once JLR launch the RR Velar and the full Defender range which I’m sure will include pickups then I think they will have a very complete range of SUVs

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    I think this looks horrible, since it’s a 115% size of the Discovery Sport… which looks horrible. Blocky and upright was always the Discovery’s thing. Land Rover products don’t -need- to be that close in the styling department, people know what they are because there are so few models on offer.

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    heavy handle

    “Off-road, where few of these will actually be found”

    Can we retire this cliché already? It’s not even clever. Besides, “Found off-road, dead” is catchier.

    Anybody who can afford one of these (or a Range Rover) probably owns some prime rural real estate. They won’t go mudding or rock-crawling with this thing (they can afford to dedicate a Wrangler to that task), but they will take them places where a sedan can’t go.

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    I think it’s a great looking SUV that will handily outsell the outgoing LR4. That thing was a bloated pig. The Discovery Sport is a great little vehicle, with incredible space management. A bigger version with a full 3 rows will be very attractive to those who would otherwise be looking at an Escalade or loaded up GMC or Tahoe.

    • 0 avatar
      Jonah S.

      Look nice, but my concern is it appears smaller than I had hoped. We’re looking to upgrade our ’08 CX-9 next year, which better towing capacity and cargo room on our short list (we also have a ’16 Evoque which has been flawless, and has sold me on the premium price). We are a growing family of 4 w/a dog and while a standard Yukon would fit the bill, I loathe having to drive that hunk of a vehicle through shopping malls, and everyday life. It appears the Disco has only 45 cu. ft of cargo (w/3rd row folded) and my old CX-9 has 48 cu. ft. Darn!

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    I see Isuzu. But, then again, my eyes may vehicross-ed.

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    Joe Btfsplk

    Side-by-side and four-place four wheelers have replaced the SUV in off road sports in my neighborhood. They are fast, fun and can take abuse with only a few plastic panels to replace if things go south. The SUV tows the trailer.

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    > Because of the implied lifestyle activities that come with a Land Rover,
    the automaker has borrowed the Activity Key wristband from the Jaguar
    F-Pace. This allows owners to lock their regular key fob in their vehicle,
    disabling it, while they go off and paddle (or surf, or whatever it is
    that Discovery owners are prone to do).

    Ford’s combination-lock keypad is MUCH better for this than having to wear some expensive wristband that would probably succomb to being doused in crashing saltwater if I surfed while wearing it.

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