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2017 Land Rover Discovery 5 Proves It Can Off-Road in Teaser Videos

On September 28, the Land Rover family will grow with the Discovery 5. The third-generation Discovery will replace the elderly LR4 with an all-new design language and lots of techy stuff.
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After 1 million miles of testing, Land Rover is just about ready to show us the all-new Discovery at the Paris Motor Show. Till then, however, the British company has prepared two teaser videos in which the mid-size luxury sport utility vehicle is put to the test in pure off-road style.

Described in an exceedingly boastful manner (“the world’s most capable family SUV” and “the most versatile SUV”), Land Rover’s Discovery happens to be laden with gimmick features. Two of those gimmicks come in the form of nine USB ports and seats that can be folded via the InControl Remote smartphone app for iOS and Android devices.

Besides the silly things nobody actually cares about, the peeps over at Land Rover have made sure the Discovery 5 is a robust machine. After 35,000 individual component tests and 294 development mules that were tested in places like the sand dunes of Dubai and the sub-zero temperatures of Sweden, the all-new model shapes up to be a rather versatile sport utility vehicle, no matter the driving conditions.

From what the engineers do in the teaser videos, it sure looks like it can hold its own when the going gets rough. Those are impressive capabilities for a unibody, one inspired by big daddy Range Rover. Under the hood, the big news is that the entry-level Discovery 5 can be had with a 2.0-liter diesel.

Be that as it may, 240 PS (237 hp) and 500 Nm (367 lb-ft) from four cylinders and 2.0 liters displacement should do the job. Land Rover has yet to confirm whether a good old V8 will throne above all other engine options, but still, the 3.0-liter SDV6 and TDV6 pack enough heat for most driving scenarios.

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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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