Design and Features of the all-new Discovery
From the looks of it, the all-new Discovery does not
have the conventional silhouette of a macho Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV), rather
it looks like a very sophisticated vehicle with an extended body. The front is
a lot more charming than the rear with its wrap-around headlights, LED lights,
a slim, yet elegant grille and not to miss the “DISCOVERY” word sprawled over
the tip of the bonnet and the tail gate. The front end is very clean and sculpted.
The side profile is what makes you wonder whether it is an estate in disguise
or a blue-blooded SUV. Beyond the B pillar the bulge on the roof is evident, a design
made necessary to ensure more head room in the third passenger row and the
stadium seating within. As you move on to the rear, the wrap-around tail lights
and the prominent skid plate gives the vehicle a very purposeful look. It’s a
lot more rounded at the rear. The vehicle sits on 20 inches 5 split-spoke
wheels. Thankfully, even the spare wheel is of this size. The integrated
spoiler at the rear with a shark fin antenna makes the vehicle look very chic.
Design and Features of the all-new Discovery
It’s the inside of the all-new Discovery that really
turns you on. Even before you step behind the wheels of a Land Rover vehicle,
you can bet your last buck that it’s as capable as you can imagine. But what is
it from the inside? It’s an SUV with space like crazy. Yes, this is what makes
the all-new Discovery so awesome, because it is not just good on and off the
road but it can seat seven adults in full comfort. I hopped on from the
driver’s seat to the second row and then to the third row, and I almost could
not believe the comfort the seats offered. No other passenger vehicle in my memory
offers so much comfort for so many people and yet drives like an SUV and is an
SUV and offers the most unimaginable levels of driveability. In fact, I would say the USP of this all-new
Discovery is the seating space that has been created within the cabin with its
umpteen permutations and combinations. It’s truly amazing.
I shall not delve too much on the large infotainment
touchscreen, the good use of materials like premium leather, wood and metal
finishers. The electrically adjustable steering for rake and reach, the touch
screen functions for anything from navigation to audio (controls the 380W
Meridian sound system with ten speakers and a dual channel subwoofer) to seat
adjustments, USB ports and charging points, etc all of this makes the vehicle a
lot upmarket. As for its practical side, it’s the seats that evoke a sense of
Apart from the fact that all the seven plush seats
can seat fully grown tall adults, it’s the several ways that you can adjust
these seats with the touch of a button in the luggage load area or with the
touch of your finger on the touchscreen that makes the vehicle unique. It’s
like a magic act in progress. You can fold the second row and third row seats
or you can fold them separately or you can unfold them, it’s the best
electronics can offer. I was truly impressed by these several seat
combinations. The best part is that the system understands when the seats are
occupied or have heavy items on them and when folding automatically adjusts
their positions to prevent any kind of conflict.
If seating is a great plus point in this car, so is
the storage spaces built into this vehicle. For a modern family with its
obvious demand for electronic items like tablets and mobile phones, there is
plenty of storage for these items. There
is space in the upper and lower glove box, central armrest stowage with an
optional chiller compartment and space for multiple tablets, space in the door
bins to accommodate 1 litre bottles in front and 0.5 litre bottles in the
second row, etc.
Performance of the all-new Discovery
Like a Discovery has always been, this one too comes
with a lot of magic to its performance. The 3 litre petrol engine is more than
capable to carry the load of seven adults and their luggage through some of the
toughest terrains on the global map. While at its launch in Mumbai I
experienced the capabilities of the vehicle on some very exciting man made
hurdles, I got an opportunity to rough it out on a terrible, uneven track in
New Delhi. There is no denying the fact that the Discovery Terrain Response
System optimises the vehicle performance on different terrains. With the twist
of a rotary knob you can select General Driving, Sand, Rock Crawl, Mud &
Ruts and Grass, Gravel, Snow---That kind of sorts out everything for you in
some tough drive situations. Other standard features include Hill Descent
Control, Coupled with a permanent four-wheel drive system and an electronic air
suspension, driving is a lot more comfortable in the all-new Discovery. The electronic
air suspension comes every handy when you come across some very tough terrains.
With buttons on the console you can automatically lower the ride height by 40mm
when the vehicle is parked. Also by using switches in the load space or on the
key fob one can lower the rear ride height and this comes handy when loading or
While wading through some tough city traffic, I
obviously felt that the vehicle was a bit too bulky, but I was not complaining
because with a stop/start feature I knew I was saving on fuel and the
electronic power assisted steering surely made the vehicle easier to handle.
When the roads opened up to some long and winding jungle tracks, the vehicle
simply adjusted itself to soak in the undulations.
Another very interesting feature of the all-new
Discovery is its cameras that are used to view every angle around the car, bet
it surround, rear, front or side. The touch screen doubles up as a screen to
show you the different angles and in fact one can see two different angles
using these cameras. The screen simply splits into two parts showing these two
different angles you have chosen.
The all-new Discovery is not just about brilliant
performance and fun to drive, it’s a vehicle that offers dollops of comfort to
each of the seven passengers seated in those seven different seats within it.
It’s a brilliant all-rounder, to say the least!