The new 2016 Land Rover Discovery offers nothing short of comfort, style, and utility combined with the off-roading capability that can traverse muddy trails and snow-choked roads. If you are shopping for a small luxury SUV with an added degree of go-anywhere gusto, this freshened and redesigned vehicle is worth a closer look. Its release date hasn’t been announced but speculation suggests that the vehicle should be bound for dealerships mid-next year.
Some of its strengths include advanced technology, a comfortable passenger cabin, above-average capabilities in off-roading adventures, improved cargo and passenger space. Save for rare exceptions, most small and mid-size crossovers nowadays are designed for everyday practicality and comfort than for traversing backwoods and fording rivers.
Contrary to the notion, though, the new and redesigned Land Rover Discovery for 2016 remains an excellent exception. It takes the reputation of its brand a notch higher by melding the existing design with some classical touch. This, however, might be Land Rover’s idea of staying true to the roots rather than responding to consumer demands. Whichever way you try to reason it out, the bottom line remains the new Discovery has manages to beat all odds and managed to keep its reputation as a serious off-roader.
For starters, the new vehicle comes as the unlamented LR2 replacement as well as a complement to the Evoque “fashionista,” which it shares lots of technologies, equipment feature list, and mechanical tidbits with. Space savvy buyers will also find the Discovery Sport a better alternative to most SUVs in the market due to its impressive cargo and passenger space.
And still the vehicle manages to sport some downsides including a cramped optional third row seat, low downshift transmission system, and a mediocre acceleration system. That said, alternatives worth considering include the 2016 Volvo XC60, 2016 BMW X3, and 2016 Acura RDX. However, the bottom line still remains. The newest Land Rover to rock the auto scene is undeniably the worthy choice for anyone wanting that extra versatility gusto.
Exterior Changes & Interior Redesign – 2016 Land Rover Discovery
The vehicle will come sporting three trims according to earlier reports we have seen, and this will just be a reciprocation of the previous year which also saw the Discovery Sport come with three trims. A five-seat configuration is standard across the entire trim line-up.
The base model comes equipped with an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a power liftgate, keyless ignition and entry, front foglamps, LED running lights, adaptive xenon headlights, USB/iPod interface, an auxiliary audio jack, 10-speaker audio system, a touchscreen interface, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, 60/40-split second row seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, an 8-way power front seats, partial leather upholstery, automatic climate control, cruise control, a rear foglight, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, power folding exterior mirrors, heated outside mirrors, automatic wipers, automatic headlights, and 18” wheels.
Picking the HSE gets you HD radio, 11-speaker sound system, driver memory functions, full-leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, upgraded trim, and 19” wheels.
The plush HSE LUX which seats at the helm of the trim food chain comes standard with configurable mood lighting, trim and carpeting, upgraded leather upholstery, and HSE’s optional equipment.
Additionally, there are several optional packages available including but not limited to Vision Assist, Driver Assist Plus, and Climate Comfort packages.
Wheelbase: 8 ft. 11.9 in. (107.9 in.)
Length: 15 ft. 0.7 in. (180.7 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 9.5 in. (81.5 in.)
Passenger volume: N/A ft³
Cargo volume: 32.0 ft³
Curb weight: 3845 lbs.
Top Speed: 124 mph
0-60: 7.6 sec
MPG: 21/27 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Aintree Green Metallic, Corris Grey Metallic, Firenze Red Metallic, Fuji White, Indus Silver Metallic, Kaikoura Stone Metallic Loire Blue Metallic…
Towing Capacity: 4,409 lbs
2016 Land Rover Discovery Engine Specs
Under the hood will be the same engine specifications as before with only slight increments in power output being the only significant change. A 2.0L turbocharged engine good for 250 hp and 270 pounds of torque provides the source of motivation for the 2016 Land Rover Discovery.
An AWD and a steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters are provided as standard systems.
During our performance testing, the 2015 model accelerated from 0-60mph in 7.6 seconds. The fuel economy ratings stand at 21/27/23 mpg in the city/highway/combined.
Additionally, the same vehicle comes with a maximum towing capacity of 4,409 pounds.
Safety wise, expect frontal crash mitigation, automatic braking, frontal collision warning, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, and a blind-spot warning system. Others are hill start assist, hill descent control, rearview camera, and antilock disc brakes.
2016 Land Rover Discovery Price & Release Date
The base SE will cost you a starting MSRP of $37,070, which isn’t a significant change over the previous model despite the few changes for 2016. As for the release date, the vehicle should hit U.S dealerships sometime next year.