It’s no secret why there is an insatiable demand for SUV’s across the globe. Their butch, go-almost-anywhere ability combined with the commanding view out of the windscreen gives the driver powers that exist only in brochures.
But Land Rover’s legendary Discovery is more than this stereotype of wannabe SUVs. This is the real deal. Designed to go anywhere, with almost no limitations, its distinct design has established the iconography for modern-day off-roading. In its latest iteration, Land Rover has maxed out the luxury and tech quotient on the all-new Discovery. Even better, Stuff (India) got a spanking new Namib Orange specimen just days after its Indian debut and we couldn’t wait to get our tires dirty.
If you have requisite funds, you don’t need a reason to own the Discovery but if you’re feeling a little stretched and need an excuse, let us give you eight. Why eight? Why Not? Enough of procrastination, let’ get to the good stuff, shall we?
The full-size Land Discovery is the last word in flexibility. Short of having your own private jet, this is the most comfort you can carry yourself and six other friends in. The three row seating is good enough for seven adults and thanks to the stadium-style seating with a stepped roof design, everyone gets the same VIP treatment. Headroom is generous for all rows, thanks to the new iteration of an iconic design and the seats themselves have heating and cooling in the first and second rows. The Intelligent Seat Fold feature arms you with all the powers of David Copperfield, letting you fold and unfold the two rows in virtually any configuration, from the 10in touchscreen in the centre console or through switches scattered across the loadspace.
The cynosure of the brilliantly laid out dashboard is the 10in touchscreen, displaying information and graphics in HD quality that is powered by a quad-core processor. The response is as smooth and lag-free as a flagship smartphone or tablet and the InControl Touch Pro system is as intelligent too. The Voice Recognition works simply via conversational commands and can be activated by a steering-mounted control. Even rear passengers get 8in touchscreens, mounted on the back of the front seat headrests and can control a raft of media options. There are nine USB ports and six 12V power outlets at strategic locations around the car so no one ever has to long for more power again!
Drowning out the noise of the city is no big deal for the 2017 Land Rover Discovery. With each variant you have options for the kind of hi-fi you want to indulge in and if you really want to hear Ed Sheeran live, you should be considering the Meridian Digital Surround Sound System. Its Trifield processing precisely places sounds across the cabin through 14 speakers and a massive 825W of power that allow for the crooners every little whimper to come through clearly. The 380W option sounds almost as good with 10 speakers, if you want to have a more private experience.
Let’s not mince words; the Disco is a big car for people with big hearts but you also need to watch out for the little obstacles on your journey. Armed with a surround view camera system, the Land Rover provides an additional set of eyes at a T-junction before sticking your nose out or give you a bird’s eye view when squeezing into a parking spot that’s meant for Ken Block. It even guides you with a predicted path, so all you have to do is follow the superimposed guide lines on the screen! The 10in HD screen is the perfect place to monitor your manoeuvres and ensure the Discovery is always out of harm’s way and in perfect sync with your vision.
5) Terrain Response System
Think all-terrain driving and the first name that comes to mind is Land Rover. The all-new Discovery can be equipped with the latest and greatest Terrain Response 2 system that besides the usual off-road modes like Gravel, Mud, Sand, now also includes Rock Crawl for those demanding situations where you need to effectively use all of the Discovery’s off-road prowess. Everything from the vehicle’s engine, gearbox, centre differential and chassis can be controlled by the console mounted dial, allowing you to focus on the driving and letting the Discovery do all the thinking.
6) Driver Assist
Perched atop the commanding driving position of the Discovery, it’s hard not to get involved in the drive. While its powerful engines build up momentum quickly, its intelligent suite of driving aids ensure you don’t deviate too much from the most accurate line of driving. The Lane Keep Assist gently steers you back between the white lines should you be engaged in deep conversation or simply head banging to the Meridian hi-fi system. The Adaptive Cruise Control is another such assistive feature that always maintains a safe gap between you and the car in front in stop-go traffic conditions. It’s all about enjoying the serenity of the fabulous interiors and minimising driving effort in the new Discovery.
Just as you would expect from a Land Rover, comfort is always paramount, even when your surroundings are hostile and harsh. Configurable ambient lighting, three (or even four as an option!) zone climate control, heated or cooled seats in the front two rows and even a possible massage function ensure that you can scale new heights without getting a crease on your shirt or sweat on your brow. The Automatic Access Height control even makes getting in and out of the car a lot more elegant by dropping the height by 40mm upon opening the doors!
Making light work of hard terrain is part every Land Rover’s repertoire but the Discovery also makes it fun! The All Terrain Info Centre within the sat nav system gives you access to a ton of information about the wheels, suspension, including articulation of the wheels if the optional air suspension has been specified. You can also check on the car’s dimensions if you’re unsure of clearing a tight spot and even use the surround camera system to check for hurdles before potentially damaging the precious paintwork.