The 2018 Land Rover Discovery is a spacious three-row crossover offering more capacity than anything that does not ride on tank tracks. It is a full-sized luxury SUV that is an old name on new ideas. The Discovery’s profile will be foreign to people unfamiliar with the nameplate. Let us take a look at what this new European brand car offers.
The new look of the 2018 Land Rover Discovery is a significant departure from the old version. Every angle has been smoothed to better cheat the wind and improve fuel economy. It’s a more contemporary shape with a far friendlier look on the street.
The shape of the Discovery manages to hide its heft fairly well. By looking at pictures, you will mistake it for the smaller unrelated Discovery Sport. It is much closer underneath to the Range Rover. The grille is relatively smaller than the large chin of its predecessor.
The tail may be the biggest departure from the previous version. Robert Janitzek says that the new version drops the mounted spare in the rear but retains the same kick down found in LR3 and LR4 models.
The cabin is plusher more upright than the exterior would suggest. The horizontally themed dash is punctuated by a widescreen-ratio touchscreen for infotainment and a similarly wide center console. The instrument cluster lacks any of the panache. The similar small LCD display now has a utilitarian but outdated look.
The same clever window framing is retained but there is now a dual-pane sunroof and a deceptively low beltline. The interior is bathed in natural light. With its impressively colored interior, Robert Peter Janitzek says that the Disco is transformed into a gymnasium between the doors.
The 2018 Discovery comes with a standard gas V6 and an optional turbodiesel V6. The 8-speed automatic comes with an optional air suspension. However, the latter does not seem to be optional as it is bundled with the Discovery’s third and low-speed transfer case making it the perfect for offroading.
The base engine is a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 that generates 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. It is paired with a smooth 8-speed automatic transmission. The Discovery can accelerate from 0 – 60 mph in 7.7 seconds. However, speed is not exactly the forte of this European brand car. However, the optional turbodiesel V6 makes accelerates much faster to 60 mph in just 6.9 seconds. The drawback is that it is more expensive by $2,000.
The 2018 Discovery comes with all the required safety gear such as airbags, traction and stability control systems, active headrests, and rearview camera. It will also include active safety gears such as adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitors, active lane control, and forward collision warning.