2017 Land Rover Discovery – spy photos

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The new 2017 Land Rover Discovery should be presented at next Geneva Motor Show. Land Rover is currently in the process of restyling all of their models and the next in line is the Discovery which has been around in pretty much the same form for more than 10 years. Unlike the current version which is sold in the US as the LR4, the upcoming 2017 Land Rover Discovery will keep its name unchanged for the US market. This should allow people to better differentiate their models and to make an easier to understand hierarchy.

Unlike the current model which is based on an ancient platform, the new Discovery will be using an all new aluminum chassis which has also been used on both the Range Rover and its Sport model.

What’s new for 2017?

This new platform should allow them to shed at least 600 pounds of weight with some rumors saying that the Discovery could lose up to 1,000 pounds. This will not only improve its fuel efficiency and performance levels greatly but it will also make for a better to drive and more comfortable car as well.

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2017 Land Rover Discovery Design

The exterior design of the new 2017 Land Rover Discovery is still under wraps but considering that all of their new models look pretty much identical to each other, it is safe to assume that the new Discovery will be no different. The front end will likely be identical to that of the Discovery Sport model with the curvy design and rather aggressive stance.

The differences will be seen in the back where the new Discovery will retain the rather large amount of glass for the rear windows unchanged. This will allow it to offer more natural light to its passengers and it should also make for a rather unique look in its class.

Refined Interior

Inside the cabin Land Rover is definitely going to work on the amount of features the car will provide. The materials will be just as good as before while the design will likely be similar to that of the Discovery Sport. There will be more room inside the cabin though and thanks to the larger windows, people will get the sense of open space which should improve the quality of the ride quite a bit.

The Engine Range & Specs

Under the hood of the 2017 Land Rover Discovery there could be a couple of new engines to choose from. The current generation is only available with a V6 which is not nearly enough for its massive weight. The new model on the other hand will definitely get the same 3 liter supercharged V6 as the base mill but this time around, thanks to the much lower weight and the improved running gear, it should be more than enough with its 340 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque.

A V8 will not be offered on the Discovery but a more powerful 380 horsepower V6 is a real possibility. Further up the range, a 3 liter twin-turbocharged V6 diesel with up to 300 horsepower and more than 500 lb-ft of torque is also likely going to be offered. This will improve the towing capacity by quite a bit and it should be great in terms of fuel efficiency.

The only available gearbox for the car will be an 8 speed automatic which will drive all four wheels as standard. Just like before, an air suspension system as well as lockable differentials will also be offered on the base trim level which means the car will be much better in off-road than its rivals.

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2017 Land Rover Discovery Release date & Price

The release date for all of these upgrades will likely be at the end of 2016 or early 2017 but the new model might be showcased a bit earlier considering it is pretty much complete.

The price on the other hand is expected to increase slightly to around $55,000 for a base version.

The biggest rivals are Audi Q7 and Volvo XC90.

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