Land Rover used the Paris Motor Show to debut its new Disco. Here is what you need to know..
Release date looks to be early spring with starting prices around £45,000 / $55,000.
Redeveloped Engines will be available with the 239bhp 2.0-litre twin-turbo four-cylinder in the base model. There’s also a 256bhp six-cylinder turbodiesel (the one you want), and a 338bhp supercharged petrol. All kept in line by ZF’s excellent eight-speed auto.
The 2017 Disco is 4970mm long, 2220mm wide, and 1846mm tall, which makes it 141mm longer than the outgoing car, but narrower and lower. Wheelbase is also longer at 38mm, which helps increase cabin space, and allows LR to keep its famous ‘stadium seating’. – Expect lots of storage – lots of space – and usual LR refinements – in car WiFi – 10in touchscreen – and the full connectivity suite.
The body is 85 per cent aluminium, taking the Disco’s base weight down by 480kg (it’s now 2115kg unladen).
LR Terrain Response 2 technology will accompany the new Disco. This helps tackle any terrain by monitoring steering input, traction and throttle position. The All Terrian Progress Control (ATPC) can also be set at 19mph.
Expect technologies from the latest Range Rover releases with the quite brilliant LR air suspension featuring a double wishbone layout at the front, and an integral multi-link rear for optimum control. The approach angle is up to 34 degrees, the departure angle is 30 degrees and the car can cope with a wading depth of up to 900mm.
Initial styling suggests it really is a big brother for the Discovery Sport. In some regards it has lost the heavy/rugged styling of the previous Discovery which may alienate some Disco fans. Perhaps LR are making room for a new edition to the family with a new rugged 7 seater option that forms part of the Reborn defender family towards the end of the decade.
Perhaps then, the only thing left from the old disco is the offset rear numberplate, a hallmark of the Disco, even the split tailgate has gone.
Take a look at the official Launch images below..