Discover the family-friendly SUV

Izah Azahari

Land Rover introduces the latest version of the Discovery featuring a powerful and efficient 48V MHEV powertrains, advanced Pivi Pro infotainment and superior comfort and practicality.

The seven-seat premium SUV’s exceptional design evolution with a versatile and intelligently packaged interior embodies the spirit of family adventure that has characterised Land Rover’s premium family SUV for over 30 years.

The Discovery delivers new levels of sophistication, desirability and efficiency with Land Rover’s new Electrical Vehicle Architecture (EVA 2.0) underpinning a suite of advanced technologies, while retaining its customary breadth of on- and off-road capability and towing credentials.

It also features an updated Terrain Response 2 system and Software-Over-The-Air (SOTA) updates to its new Cabin Air Filtration.

The distinct character and optimised proportions of the SUV including the clamshell bonnet, the stepped roof and the highly visible C-pillar remain, but the vehicle delivers a bold exterior evolution to project a more confident road presence.

The new signature LED headlights with a daytime running light signature set lower into the units create a more purposeful look, while animated sweeping front and rear indicators provide heightened visual sophistication. Its body-colour front fender vent accentuates the premium SUV’s familiar broken waistline.

The revised front bumper features a wider body-coloured graphic and new side vents combine for a more purposeful and dynamic appearance.

The new Land Rover Discovery. PHOTOS: INDERA MOTORS SDN BHD
The interior of the new Discovery
The practical commercial model comes with a 2,024-litre cargo area

The Discovery’s rear also features new signature LED lights joined across the back of vehicle by a new Gloss Black panel.

Following Land Rover’s reductive design philosophy, this panel incorporates the trademark Discovery script, providing a cleaner rear graphic.

The new R-Dynamic model brings a more assertive character and purposeful stance with a series of unique design elements, including the Gloss Black and Shadow Atlas exterior accents on the outside and two-tone leather and contrast seat stitching on the inside.

The SUV’s interior highlights the premium position and craftsmanship of its full-size seven-seat layout, with a spacious cabin incorporating Land Rover’s cutting edge Pivi Pro infotainment.

A completely redesigned centre console houses its 48 per cent larger 11.4-inch, full HD touchscreen provides a fast and intuitive interface.

Passenger comfort is supported by Cabin Air Ionisation, now available with PM2.5 air filtration technology. It actively scans incoming air, measuring its quality and automatically uses advanced filters to reduce the level of allergens, toxins and harmful particulates in the cabin, enhancing driver wellbeing.

The second-row seats have been redesigned with an improved lateral support, and longer thicker cushions while careful seat profiling contribute to greater under-thigh support and improved posture for occupants. Comfort is further improved by the relocation of the second row air-vents from the B-pillars to the centre console, providing increased airflow to second-row passengers who have their own hidden-until-lit ventilation controls and power supplies.

Land Rover’s new second-generation Activity Key features touchscreen controls, a digital watch, and start the vehicle as an addition to the conventional fob.

The SUV is available in Discovery, S, SE and HSE trim levels, in sporty R-Dynamic guise or as a practical commercial model with a 2,024-litre cargo area, additional underfloor stowage lockers and the same maximum 3,500kilogramme towing capacity.

The Discovery introduces a trio of new straight-six Ingenium engines, petrol and diesel, featuring 48V mild hybrid electric vehicle (MHEV) technology for enhanced efficiency, performance and smoothness. It is available alongside Land Rover’s four-cylinder P300 Ingenium petrol powertrain and with a new intelligent all-wheel drive system.

The straight-six engine family was designed and developed in-house and the advanced diesel is available in 249PS (183kW) and 300PS (221kW) outputs, while the powerful petrol delivers 360PS (265kW).

The D250 and D300 six-cylinder Ingenium diesels feature lightweight aluminium construction with a low-friction design and replace the previous SD4 and SDV6 diesels.

Intelligent 48V MHEV technology ensures the new engines meet the most stringent global emissions regulations and deliver improved responses.

The clever system harvests and stores energy generated during deceleration, and redeploys it to assist the engine when accelerating, providing six-cylinder performance and four-cylinder efficiency.

The set-up also delivers more refined operation of the stop/start system.

The Discovery is the ultimate family-friendly SUV, delivering exceptional long-haul comfort and a confidence-inspiring environment for the driver with its excellent visibility provided by its Command Driving Position, enhanced controls and cutting-edge chassis technology.

All new Discovery models with six-cylinder Ingenium engines feature an advanced driveline which optimises the torque split between front and rear axles, using a range of sensors to distribute torque to suit the conditions.

The new intelligent all-wheel drive system maximises traction, on-road dynamics and driveline efficiency, resulting in improved fuel economy and reduced CO2 emissions in normal driving, with no compromise to Discovery’s trademark all-terrain capability.

Its standard air suspension provides cosseting ride comfort and features automatic speed lowering to improve aerodynamic efficiency and enhance economy when cruising. Adaptive Dynamics damper technology – fitted to all models – monitors vehicle movements up to 500 times a second, reacting to driver or road inputs almost instantaneously for greater body control, ensuring a composed, flat ride.

With Terrain Response 2 technology, the Discovery is always automatically primed to suit the driving conditions while the new Wade Mode optimises the vehicle for deep water fording – even applying the brakes automatically when the driver disengages Wade Mode, to restore full performance from the first application of the brakes.

The availability of Configurable Terrain Response allows drivers to fine-tune the Discovery’s throttle mapping, gearbox shift points, steering and suspension settings to suit their preferences and requirements, so customers can personalise the driving experience for off-road driving.

The Discovery also benefits from ClearSight Ground View technology, providing drivers with a view of the obscured ground directly beneath the front of the vehicle using the central touchscreen and a combination of forward-facing cameras.

The clever feature is the realisation of Land Rover’s futuristic transparent bonnet concept and supports the driver when negotiating steep off-road inclines or hidden urban obstacles.