Land Rover assures us that the all-new Discovery doesn’t compromise its off-road capability while balancing this with refinement and luxury. The spacious seven-seater a host of ‘practical technologies’.
The British brand shares five features of the all-new Land Rover Discovery will make every family outing effortless, regardless of whether it’s a shopping spree, a school run, or a holiday adventure off the beaten track:
1. Come one, come all – seven seats for short and tall
With seven seats and its trademark stepped roof line, the All-New Land Rover Discovery has enough room to seat seven adults in absolute comfort. Each seat can be heated, and with up to nine USB ports every passenger can charge their mobile phone or tablet while on the go.
And when you’re in need of extra room, Land Rover’s world-first Intelligent Seat Fold technology allows you to fold seats flat (in just 14 seconds) using the Discovery’s touch screen, dedicated buttons in the cargo area or even remotely using your smartphone.
2. Stowage addiction
Fold the seats flat, and the All-New discovery will offer loading capacity of 2 500 litres. Even with five passengers in the car, there’s still a superb 1 231 litres of luggage volume behind the second row of seats.
But there’s also room for the little things. Up to four iPads can be stowed in the centre console, while the hidden storage compartment behind the climate control panel is a safe space for your wallet or phone. In total, there is nearly 45 litres of stowage space for everyday family essentials.
3. Easy in, easy out
Thanks to its self-levelling air suspension, the All-New Discovery can have its ride height adjusted to suit a variety of conditions. This includes raising it to a maximum of 283mm to clear obstacles. And when you stop to load luggage or strap little ones into their car seats, the All-New Discovery automatically lowers itself by 40mm to ease entry and exit.
It is also available with Gesture Control Tailgate for hands-free opening of the tailgate by simply waving your foot under the bumper. Additionally, the powered inner tailgate folds down to serve as a bench or enable easier loading of cargo.
4. Get connected
The All-New Discovery can be had with up to nine USB ports, for charging a wide variety of smart devices, but the smart functionality doesn’t end there. It is also available with InControl Connect Pro, which uses 3G connectivity to create a wireless hotspot for up to eight smartphones, laptops or tablets.
With this connectivity, the InControl Touch Pro infotainment system also gains internet access, allowing for satellite navigation with live traffic and integration with popular apps on drivers’ smartphones.
5. Off-road expertise at the push of a button
Every Land Rover builds on the company’s decades of off-road expertise, and the All-New Discovery features the latest in off-road driver assistance technologies. Included in this is All-Terrain Progress Control, a system that acts like cruise control for off-road driving. Simply select a speed between 1.8km/h and 30km/h, and the Discovery’s drive computers will automatically apply the correct amount of acceleration and braking, allowing even novice drivers to effortlessly negotiate treacherous terrain.
The All-New Land Rover Discovery launches in South Africa in July 2017. Prices start from R980 000. You can build your own All-New Discovery using the Land Rover configurator: http://rules.config.landrover.com/jdxl/en_za/l462/