The all-new 2018 Land Rover Discovery is making a splash in this week’s Auto News in :60!
All-new 2018 Land Rover Discovery
This week, Land Rover unveiled the all-new 2018 Discovery at a star-studded, stunt-filled event in Britain that involved a lego tower bridge and, of course, water.
Land Rover says it had a 1300 member design, engineering and manufacturing team working on the fifth-generation SUV.
The huge family hauler seats seven with optional third row seating. Here’s what’s also noteworthy. It’s tiered seating, like the kind you find in stadiums where one row is higher than the other. All the seats are heated and cooled. Plus, you can even use a smartphone app to remotely control the seating configuration.
Even though the Discovery is big, it still manages to shed 1,000 pounds from the outgoing LR4 it replaces thanks to its lightweight aluminum platform. Under the hood it will offer a 254-horsepower Turbo-Diesel V6 diesel powertrain option.
Technology and connectivity is a big focus overall. It will offer semi-autonomous technology. Also, inside the cabin it will offer up to nine USB ports, six 12-volt charging points and an in-car 3G WiFi hotspot for up to eight devices. The interior is also full of premium materials including luxurious Windsor leather upholstery and natural oak veneers.
The new Discovery will be built in the UK. It goes on sale from mid-2017 for starting from around $51,000.
We also have to mention Land Rover’s huge stunt ended up in the record books. It broke a Guinness World Record for the largest LEGO structure ever built.
The unveiling involved a 42-foot tall London Tower Bridge made of 5,805,846 legos. (The previous Guinness record was 470,646 pieces.) Laid end to end, the bricks would stretch for almost 200 miles, or from Tower Bridge in London to Paris. It took five months for expert LEGO Master Builders in the UK to build it.