A history of the Land Rover DiscoveryA new Discovery was unveiled at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, and we take a look at its important lineage.
[NOISE] Welcome to the all new LandRover Discovery, the go anywhere car for people who want something a little more rugged than a Range Rover but with pretty much all the toys. It can seat up to seven people and you can fold the seat downs with switches or an app or on touchscreens and things like that. And that will give you up to 2,406 meters of boot/s space. Now depending on your spec, you can have up to nine USB ports and it can be a wi-fi hot spot for up to eight devices. They've gone all out on storage and convenience, even measuring cubby holes in iPads. For example, one in the center console can take four full size iPads and one in the central armrest can take five iPad minis. Now, theres a lot more to talk under the Discovery, but before we get to that, here is a history lesson. So, What is the Land Rover DIscovery and why is such an important car? Well the Disco first came out in the late 80's a more utilitarian alternative to the Range Rover based on the pooch car chassis but the more welcoming like interior, it offer the Range Rover go anywhere alternatives with a few creature comforts. You know, some you don't get in a defender, like comfort. The first generation car did well and sold all over the world. It hit the US in 1994, and went to Japan as a Honda thanks to a Rover Honda tie up. That stopped when Rover was bought out by BMW. A more luxury-oriented model came out in 1998. 8 99 in the US. 720 whole changes have been made over the old car and once again it was well received. In 2004 the Discovery 3 rolled along. This time it was all new and took a revolutionary approach to the car's design. It used a bizarre mono **** slash ladder frame chassis construction And that made it heavy but also strong. Its off-road cred was bolstered by a cross-linked air suspension, a terrain response system that set the car up for a number of conditions at the flick of a switch, [UNKNOWN] control, and a number of important-sounding acronyms. It made tackling the unknown, a previously daunting thing Easier for all. In 2010, the Disco got another refresh. Based on the same chassis, of course, but, it got engine and gearbox tweaks as well as well as an upgrade on the looks both inside and outside. Over its life, it got minor tweaks as well. In 2012, the millionth Discovery was made and promptly sent on an expedition to China with a raft of other vehicles To prove that is still had the off road shocks it promised it did. The last generation Discovery also saw the cars 25th year, one celebrated with a 25th anniversary model. The Discovery has been all over the world and done a huge variety of things and who knows where the new ones will end up. [MUSIC] Now, this being a Land Rover it's all about going off road. As such, it's fitted with terrain response too which means which the flick of a switch the car will change its oily bits to suit whatever the terrain It's on. And you can even have a continuous crawl. So all you need to worry about is steering and the rocks. It's ground clearance is 283 millimeters, which is 43 more than before. And it will wade in up to 900 millimeters of water, which is 200 more than the old car. You can even tow up to three and a half thousand kilos of stuff, and if you're worried about reversing it with the trailer, the car will actually do that for you so you don't need to worry about such frickery. There are three engines for launch, a two liter diesel, a three liter diesel V6, and a three liter super charged petrol V6 with 340 horsepower, and it will get you to 60 In 6.9 seconds, it's not exactly a slouch. Land Rover managed to shave half a ton off of the old car's weight. Which means this weighs on at just 2.1 tons. And they've done that through use aluminium and. And lightweight trickery, having the most impressive thing about it, the [UNKNOWN] hook is back, which means you can put your takeaway on a hook in the passenger foot well, and it won't fall over on your way home. We'll let you know what it's like to drive next year