land rover s new generation discovery is no longer a big box on wheels

Land Rover’s new generation Discovery is no longer a big box on wheels

New design makes the seven-seater look so normal, so boring-er

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Christopher Ng

12 Jan 2018

We admit it is actually difficult to stick to your guns and defend in what you believe for. And we’d like to think that somewhere, a Land Rover designer cried when they were forced to change the design for the new Land Rover Discovery.

Previously, you could tell that the Discovery from the other Land Rovers. It was awkwardly tall, awkwardly wide, awkwardly square and all-around lovable. It looked so unapologetically rugged and beautifully practical. 

The latest generation adopts a modern shape that has zero charm. And if you look at the pictures in this post, you’ll see that the Discovery successfully mirrors the Discovery Sport in looks and in shape; losing appeal in the process. Nevertheless, the exterior features many features that will ensure it remains relevant into the next decade, balancing the bling with brawn.

Of course, there is something that you can’t completely change or take away from the Discovery and the most distinct of them all is its stepped roofline, which has been the mainstay of the Discovery since the first one danced its way onto the Earth. This is important to make space for another Discovery trademark — stadium seats that places the third row higher than the first, affording all seven adults a clear forward-view. 

A Discovery is not a Discovery if the interior isn’t large as Gua Tempurung. By default, the Discovery gives you a storage capacity of 2,406 litres. With all seats fully occupied, you still get 1,137 litres at the back, which is still a lot. 

New to the Discovery is the Powered Inner Tailgate that acts as a load restraint. Lower it down and the overhang becomes a makeshift bench that you can sit down and dangle your legs. The tailgate? Well, it large enough to become a roof for shelter.

For now, you can only have the Discovery with a 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine that produces 254hp and 600Nm of torque. Codenamed Td6, this single-turbo diesel engine needs only 8.1 seconds to reach 100kph from zero. The engine is coupled with an eight-speed automatic courtesy of ZF.

Again, a Discovery is not a Discovery if it cannot go off-road. The Discovery comes standard with a two-speed transfer box for high and low range gears. Torque split between front and rear starts from 50/50 although the ratios will move about depending the situation and terrain. The system is smart enough to swap between the ratios without having to come to a full stop, and up to 60kph. No matter what terrain the Disco tramples on, the air suspension system ensures every one inside will have top ride quality.

With a price tag of RM729,800, the Discovery doesn’t come cheap but it will come with a 5-year warranty and 3-year complimentary roadside assist. First five customers to buy the Discovery will earn an RM5,000 accessory voucher for Land Rover accessories, which are covered by a 12-month warranty.