The 2017 Land Rover Discovery made its US debut today in the 2016 LA auto show.
Unlike its predecessor (LR4), the Discovery ditched the unibody + ladder frame architecture, and replaced it with the same aluminum-intensive platform as the Range Rover/Range Rover Sport. This action makes the new Discovery almost 1,000 lbs lighter than the current LR4.
Two engines will be offered in the US market:3.0L
- 3.0L V6 diesel (Td6) sourced from Ford, 254 hp and 443 lb-ft
- Supercharged 3.0L V6, 340 hp and 332 lb-ft
Only one transmission (the ZF 8AT) will be mated to both engines. As for the AWD system, Land Rover offers two options:
- TORSEN central differential (42:58 default torque split) with single-speed transfer case
- Bevel gear + Multi-Plate Clutch Limited-Slip Differential, with 2-speed transfer case
For more info regarding its AWD systems, please see our detailed analysis here.
I will leave you with our latest live photo from the 2016 LA auto show, and also see the official press release for more in-depth description.