Its been 25 years since the Land Rover Discovery first broke cover. The luxury SUV has evolved quite a bit since then and now has been unveiled in its 2015 guise. The SUV will hit European roads by September 2014 and is likely to arrive onto Indian roads towards the fag end of 2014 or early 2015. Considering the fact that the Discovery is brought into India through the CBU route, it won’t be long before the SUV reaches Indian shores post its global roll out.
The 2015 Land Rover Discovery gets a really mild facelift and two new base versions with the moniker SE and SE Tech, both of which will be slotted below the HSE and HSE luxury trims. The customers will now get the option of adding features from XXV special edition model to the regular variants, and the regular trims now get more equipment as standard.
The in-car technologies also see many additions and the Land Rover InControl Apps offer a good level of integration of your smartphone with the SUV’s infotainment unit. The features that are now standard are – cruise control, satellite navigation, media streaming, automatic headlamps and wipers with headlamp washers, front fog lamps, xenon headlamps, daytime running LEDs and auto dimming rear view mirror.
The interiors can be spruced up by adding the black lacquer wood inserts and leather wrapped steering wheel, both of which were earlier made available on the XXV special edition as standard equipment. Aruba, Kaikoura Stone and Montalcino Red will be the new colour options with a metallic white colour joining in later. The HSE variants now ride on 20 inch alloys as standard instead of the 19 inch ones of the outgoing model.
For the Indian car market, a 3 liter diesel motor will be propelling the SUV. The turbo diesel motor churns out 245 Bhp of maximum power and 600 Nm of peak torque. The engine is mated to an eight speed automatic gearbox that sends power to all the four wheels of the SUV. Single and twin speed transfer case are available on the Discovery with the latter offering low and high ratios. A start-stop system is offered as standard. Also, paddle shifters on the steering come standard while an adaptive cruise control feature can be added as an option. Expect a 1 crore rupee+ plus tag for the 2015 Discovery SUV in India.