A radical departure from its boxy predecessor, the new Disco borrows a number of styling cues from the smaller Discovery Sport and various Range Rover models, with Land Rover also claiming a massive 480 kg weight reduction thanks to the body being mostly made of lightweight aluminium.
Measuring 4.9 m in length with a wheelbase 2.9 m, height of 1.8 m and width of 2.2 m, the new Disco is both longer and narrower than the model it replaces, with Land Rover claiming the improvement translates into a more spacious cabin with space in the second row going up by 160 mm.
As well as featuring numerous storage cubbies, under floor drawers, cupholders and a centre console with enough space for four iPads, higher spec models are equipped with up to nine USB ports, 3G Wi-Fi hotspots and four 12v power sockets to allow for the charging of multiple media devices at the same time.
Aside for once again offering seven seats as standard, the Discovery also boasts a segment first Intelligent Seat Fold system, which allows the second and third row to be configured in up to four ways.
In addition, the single-piece electric tailgate now offers the convenience of spilt folding setup by incorporating a second fold down section when the tailgate is opened. According to Land Rover, this serves as an impromptu seating that could support up to 300 kg. Cargo space is rated at 258-litres with all seven seats up, and up to 2 406-litres with five rears down.
Borrowing from the Jaguar F-Pace, the Discovery now also has Jaguar-Land Rover's durable Activity Key wristband that substitutes for the key fob when engaging in outdoor activities.
Further new items include a 10-inch touchscreen display as part of JLR's InControl Touch Pro infotainment system, Commute Mode which uses the satellite navigation to provide info on traffic and guide you to work the quickest way, 14-speaker Meridian sound system and Auto Access Height which drops the body by 15 mm when the door is opened, and by to 25 mm to reduce step-out height.
New safety additions include Autonomous Emergency Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control with Advanced Emergency Brake Assist, Park Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition, Automatic High Beam, Driver Condition Monitor, HD 360 degree surround view camera, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist and Intelligent Speed Limiter.
Off-road progress has also been sharpened up with Land Rover claiming a class-leading wade depth of 900 mm, four corner air suspension, ground clearance up to 283 mm, revised transfer case and a new Low Traction Launch function designed to aid pull away on low friction surfaces.
As part of the upgraded Terrain Response 2 system, new earth conquering items consist of Gradient Release Control, Wade Sensing, Roll Stability Control, Electric Traction Control and Hill Decent Control.
Up front, and as previously speculated, the Discovery will make use of JLR's new range of aluminium Ingenium petrol and turbodiesel engines, with a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic being the only transmission offered.
Powering the base TD4 will be a 2.0-litre turbodiesel mill developing 177 kW and 430 N.m of torque, while the twin-turbo SD4 produces 177 kW and 500 N.m of torque. Land Rover claims a combined fuel consumption figure of 6.3 L/100 km and 6.5 L /100 km respectively.
Carried over from the previous Disco, the rebadged 3.0-litre TD6 produces 190 kW and 600 N.m of torque, with fuel consumption being a claimed 7.2 L/100 km. Petrol power will come from a 3.0-litre supercharged V6 making 250 kW and 450 N.m, which is claimed to power the 2.1-ton Discovery from 0-100 km/h in 7.1 secs.
Depending on the market, the Discovery will be offered in four spec levels; S, SE, HSE and HSE Luxury, with a special First Edition series being available in the UK with mostly cosmetic additions. Although local pricing remains unknown, those in the UK will start at £43 495 (R773 994) for the base S, before topping out at £68 295 (R1 215 310) for the First Edition.