After months of spy photos and teaser images, the 2017 Land Rover Discovery made its official debut at the Paris auto show. The next-gen Discovery shares design cues with its Range Rover and Discovery Sport siblings, signaling a stark evolution from the LR4 that it replaces in North America. While the Discovery features a range of off-road friendly options, it also is filled with comfort features for trips that don’t leave the pavement. Here’s what people are saying about the Land Rover Discovery.
“Style-wise, however, the vehicle hews more closely to the pattern of the smaller Discovery Sport. The resemblance is evident in the shape of the C-pillar, the clamshell hood, the body-size groove that runs rearward from the front fender vents, and even the way DISCOVERY is spelled out on the leading edge of the hood and on the liftgate. The windshield is more steeply raked than the outgoing model’s, and the taillights go from vertical to horizontal. Gone are the LR4’s slab side and the rear quarter-glass that extends into the roof. Vestiges of the LR4 can be seen only in the faintly stepped roofline and in the asymmetrical housing for the rear license plate.”
-- Joe Lorio, Car and Driver
“Meet the new Discovery. Land Rover calls it ‘the best family SUV in the world,’ and while that's a pretty bold claim, we have to admit, the new rig looks pretty impressive on paper -- with a luxurious seven-seat interior and a bunch of technology and off-road capability. Considering we'd already seen a near-production prototype in the wild, an official photo of the front end, and several other leaked pictures, the look of the new Discovery isn't much of a surprise. But it wears its styling well, drawing from both the Range Rover and the smaller Discovery Sport. Like the exterior, the interior design is what you'd expect in a new Land Rover. You get big, chunky controls, a 10-inch touchscreen, leather everywhere, and the Jaguar/Land Rover corporate dial-shifter.”
-- Collin Woodard, Road & Track
“So sure, it’s a total suburban yuppie-mobile with power rear seats that can fold with a cell-phone app, dropping rear air suspension for easy grocery loading, a rear foot sensor for opening the tailgate, stadium seating, tons of storage cubbies, USBs in all rows, parallel and perpendicular park assist, adaptive cruise control with automatic braking, lane keep assist, and a whole bunch of other features that would make this SUV perfect for rich families from Connecticut. But that doesn’t mean this new Disco won’t kick major ass off-road.”
-- David Tracy, Jalopnik