Fifth-gen Land Rover Discovery in Action

EARLIER this month Jaguar Land Rover released the first official photos of its fifth-generation Discovery, due for a mid-2017 local launch.

This has been followed up with a teaser video, which provides the best footage so far of the new Discovery in action.

The drip-feed strategy seems to be working, with anticipation building for the less-boxy-shaped Discovery’s Paris Motor Show reveal next month.

JLR claimed the gruelling development process of the fifth-gen Discovery involved 35,000 individual component tests, 294 development vehicles and 20 countries.

Fifth-gen Land Rover Discovery driving -desertAccording to the press release that accompanied the video, “Land Rover’s global engineering team subjected the vehicle to extreme climates and terrains in over 20 countries.

“Sand driving in plus-40°C heat in the dunes of Dubai, altitude testing in the Colorado mountains, and ice-driving in the sub-zero temperatures of Arjeplog, Sweden, were all part of the 28-month schedule.”

It continued: “The new model is the first Land Rover to undergo a full programme of virtual testing prior to the physical testing process, delivering robust quality and durability before any prototypes are built.”

Fifth-gen Land Rover Discovery driving forestThe fifth-gen Disco, replacing 2009-2016 versions, will retain the petrol- and diesel-powered drivetrains. However, the new Discovery will also adopt the four-cylinder diesel from JLR’s new Ingenium range.

A petrol-powered drivetrain is yet to be confirmed for Australia.

Pricing is yet to be released, but expect the new Discovery to start from around $70K.

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