In its nearly three decades of existence, the Disco has been Land Rover’s all-terrain king and it’s absolutely looked the part, with styling that makes it more suited to the mountains than a busy downtown strip. That changes with the 2018 Land Rover Discovery, which combines its vaunted off-road chops with serious design refinements.
Instead of the usual boxy looks, the new SUV comes with a sleek and stylish profile – a trait that, according to the outfit, is necessary for today’s market demands. Simply put, this isn’t the Disco you’ve learned to love on the outside. Fortunately, it stays true to tradition when it comes to all-terrain performance.
The 2018 Land Rover Discovery takes the same D7 architecture of the Range Rover Sport, combining aluminum-intensive body panels with steel sub-frames for added strength. Entry angles, departure angles, and ground clearance remain on par with the outgoing model, with a better wading depth of 35.4 inches, while a wider profile and lower height ensures it’s even more stable in precarious terrain. And, yes, that smoother body shell should facilitate aerodynamic improvements, so it should run nicer when driving in the open road
Inside, it retains the signature stadium-style seating, but combines with a whole lot more tech, including power-folding seats, Wi-Fi hotspot, a 10-inch touchscreen on the dash, and lots of charging ports (up to six 12V and nine USB). Other features include a towing capacity of 8,201 pounds, 88.3 cubic feet of cargo space, and a top-hinged tailgate that supports up to 661 pounds.
Slated to go on sale mid-2017, the 2018 Land Rover Discovery’s pricing starts at $50,985.