The British automaker has decided to surprise the audience at the Paris Motor Show not with the presentation of the fifth-generation Discovery – as everyone expected that – but with a Lego record.
Yes, alongside the all-new Discovery, the star of the Land Rover show at the French event was the Guinness-certified biggest Lego structure ever built. The design replicates in “small” the well-known Tower Bridge in London, complete with two ‘Discovery Zones’ housing the SUV and some flora and fauna – all made out of Lego, save for the crossover, of course.
Back to the vehicle itself, the discovery has been officially introduced in front of the worldwide audience following a lengthy teasing campaign that also included celebrity survivalist Bear Grylls. The completely new design – eschewing the boxy, rugged, appearance of the predecessor – is complimented by an all-new architecture. The same design DNA is still present, but with more elegant and high-tech lines: LED headlights, streamlines side panels and new LED taillights – the body has a drag coefficient of just 0.35 Cd.
Inside, the Discovery features the intelligent Seat Fold technology – presented in advance by the LR ambassador while jumping out of an airplane – as well as a raft of safety features: adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, intelligent speed limiter, auto high beam assist, driver condition monitor, surround camera system, lane departure warning system, and lane keep assist. Under the bonnet two new powertrains are offered. There’s a 254-horsepower (189-kilowatt) 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 diesel and a 340-horsepower (253-kilowatt) 3.0-liter V6 that can sprint to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds, both mated to an eight-speed automatic.
Of course, the Land Rover Discovery is not only a capable family hauler, but also an adventurer. A new suspension architecture and speed-dependent electric power-assisted steering, alongside the All-Terrain Progress Control (ATPC) system control everything. There’s a better approach angle of up to 34 degrees, and an improved departure angle of 30 degrees – while wadding ends at up to 34.4 inches. Prices kick off at $49,990 for the Discovery SE with a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 and will go up to $63,950 in the HSE Luxury trim. Go for the diesel and prices start from $58,950 and end at $65,950. There’s also a Land Rover Discovery First Edition for $73,950 and is limited to 500 units, with extra features such as etched map detailing inside, Namib Orange and black grille detailing, and unique badges.