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2017 Land Rover Discovery wears a slick new suit but hasn't forgotten its roots

Loads of tech promise to make both off-roading and family life much easier.

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Chris Paukert

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Relax, we're trained professionals.

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Thankfully, the Discovery's Terrain Response 2 features a sand mode.

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Most SUVs wait their entire lives for a view like this, but few can climb to see it.

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Much-improved materials and JLR's new InControl Touch Pro infotainment system bring the Discovery into the modern age.

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Having a team of spotters helps a lot when you can't see over the hood because you're pointed skyward.

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Those rocks are slippery, but the Disco's advanced electronics suite makes the best of the available traction.

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Utah is desolate but gorgeous, people.

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Fortunately, yours truly never needed that orange cheater board.

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You won't catch an Audi, BMW or Lexus out here.

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Arrival and departure angles have improved over the already very capable LR4.

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All-wheel drive is standard, but a two-speed transfer case is valuable optional equipment for hardcore off-roaders.

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Don't look down. On second thought...

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