THE NEW Land Rover Discovery has been awarded a five-star safety rating from independent vehicle safety authority, ANCAP.
The fifth-generation Disco received the full five stars thanks to sufficient scores on each of the four main safety disciplines: adult occupant protection (90%), child occupant protection (80%), pedestrian protection (75%) and safety assist (73%).
“Crash test dummy readings indicated good levels of protection of all critical body regions in the side impact test as well as the more severe side pole test. Protection of the knees and femurs for both the driver and passenger in the frontal offset test was also good,” said ANCAP’s chief executive officer, Mr James Goodwin.
“The Discovery is fitted as standard with all three grades of autonomous emergency braking – City, Interurban and Vulnerable Road User – and all performed well during testing.”
The new Disco boasts a plethora of safety features and driver assist technologies including head-protecting curtain airbags for all rows, a manual speed limiter, an emergency stop signal, and a forward-facing stereo camera which underpins Land Rover’s AEB tech.
Adaptive Cruise Control, available on select models, features Advanced Emergency Brake Assist. While other driver assistance systems include adaptive LED headlamps, a driver condition monitor, 360-degree HD surround camera system, lane keep assist and park assist.
“[The] Discovery has always been a much-loved member of the family and a pioneer of cutting-edge technology. Safety and capability have been at the core of the Discovery DNA – they are fundamental priorities and key motivators for our engineering,” said Nick Rogers, executive director of product engineering at Jaguar Land Rover.
“We have a history of introducing new safety technologies, such as Anti-Lock Brakes fitted to an SUV for the first time in 1989, so it’s only right [the] new Discovery continues to lead the way with new safety-focused technologies that meet and exceed global safety standards, such as Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with Pedestrian Detection. Our priority is to protect both the occupants of our cars and other road users, providing peace of mind for our customers.”
The new Disco will launch locally on August 1, and it will be priced from $65,960 (TD4 S). Stay tuned for our first drive of the new Disco, which will feature in the September 2017 issue of 4X4 Australia – in stores August 3.