Land Rover have revealed a pricing structure for the 2017 Land Rover Discovery, an all-new design that will replace the outgoing Discovery 4 in July 2017 in Australia.
The specification list runs from a budget-oriented ‘S’ model, which starts at an impressively low $65,960. This model will sport a more spartan cloth interior, and the advanced airbag suspension system will be replaced with coils. Also, this base price comes without a transfer case ($920 option). If you want the base spec with airbags, you can option them in for $2,060. This price gets you the least powerful 2.0 litre ‘Ingenium’ TD4 four-cylinder diesel engine, which makes 132kW and 430Nm, and uses 6.2 litres per hundred kilometres. A seven-seat option in this spec level goes for $71,560.
Going up the engine spec levels, $71,560 will secure you the same vehicle with the ‘Ingenium’ 2.0 litre SD4 motor, which uses two turbos to push out 177kW and 500Nm. Finally, the 190kW/600Nm TD6 (3.0 litre V6 diesel) costs $78,560. It’s all very good value, but it’s certainly worth noting that this spec seems to be geared towards a life of blacktop only, with Terrain Response 2 and All Terrain Progress Control (think of an off-road traction control) not being available. You have to option in a transfer-case, as well.
The SE level Discovery starts at $77,050, giving you air suspension and a transfer case as standard. Grained leather comes standard here, and you also get a few extra goodies like Automatic Climate Control, Front Parking Aid, navigation and an improved sound system (amongst others). Going to the SD4 costs $83,450, and the TD6 goes for $90,450.
HSE ups the ante again, with a $87,150 starting price. This steps up to 20″ wheels over the 19″ alloys, memory front seats, wood grain three-zone climate control, keyless entry and the awesome front cupholders with huge storage bin underneath, plus a lot of extra bits and styling cues. The more powerful SD4 costs, $93,550 and the TD6 breaks six figures at $100,550.
The HSE Luxury starts at $100,950, gaining the very plush Windsor leather interior, plus adjustable bolstering on the seats (on top of the adjustable lumbar on SE and HSE models). You also score Climate front seats, extended leather trimmings through the interior, a cooling centre console and 825-watt Meridian sound system. There’s plenty more included as the spec levels rise, but my fingers will start going raw if I get through them all. Safe to say, when you get to this level, you won’t be left wanting for trinkets and special touches. And of course, you can spend a small fortune on extra options as well. Get more power under the bonnet, and spend $107,350 (SD4) or $114,350 (TD6).
However, if top-spec doesn’t cut it for you, you’ll be looking for the ‘First Edition’ model. Limited to 2,400 units and coming in at a brisk $132,160, this has the TD6 motor. This model has every option box ticked, along with limited-edition interior and exterior styling and decals. Electric-powered everything, 21″ wheels, even the windscreen washer jets are heated, amongst many, many things.
The Discovery can seat 7, which is a $3,400 option on the standard 5 seater.
A locking rear differential, which we assume will be the same as the current limited-slip diff (that gives just about 99% of the performance of a true mechanical locker), is available as a reasonable $1,080 option, but isn’t available for TD4 engines or a TD6 S spec. Strangely, it’s not available on the range-topping First Edition, either. Likewise, Land Rover’s awesome Terrain Response 2 off-road mode isn’t available on TD4-spec models. So, if you want to off-road your 2017 Land Rover Discovery with the right boxes ticked, your minimum buy-in is an SD4 SE model, costing $86,590 (with rear locker and Terrain Response 2).
So, if you want to off-road your 2017 Land Rover Discovery with the right boxes ticked, your minimum buy-in is an SD4 SE model, costing $86,590 (with rear locker and Terrain Response 2). From there, head north. The 2017 Land Rover Discovery should prove to be a capable off-road 4X4, provided you opt for off-road goodies. Ground clearance in off-road mode is better than the Discovery 4 at 283mm, and the Terrain Response 2 is the best off-road traction control system on the market. We are told that wheel articulation will also be improved in the 2017 Discovery, as well. Wading depth is an impressive 900mm.
Perhaps the most impressive thing about the all-new Discovery is the weight saving. A new aluminium architecture saves a staggering 480 kilograms over the old model. This means the car will go faster while using less fuel, and steer, accelerate and brake better. Off-road performance will be better as well, with the much lower overall weight.