Land Rover have just announced the new 2017 version of the Discovery. It might not look that radical in aesthetic but Land Rover reckon this Disco will set a new benchmark, even boldly claiming the Discovery 2017 is ‘the most useful car in the world’.

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In terms of new appearance features, we’re told the new Disco is more ‘dynamic looking’ by design chief Gerry McGovern, and he’s probably right. It comes with a ‘faster’ rake windscreen, castellations round the wheelarches, and the rear has been given horizontal rear LEDs, signalling the end of the split tailgate.

There’s a new fold out inner section that can support 300kg for hunting, shooting, fishing, flying kites or whatever else you like to do with your spare time. The new Disco also takes towing capability to a new level with a best-in-class 3,500kg towing capacity.

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In terms of driving, the ground clearance is 283mm, while the wading depth is 900mm. Under the bonnet, the new Discovery features a 239bhp 2.0-litre twin-turbo four-cylinder engine, shoving out 369 torques. Though there are also 256bhp six-cylinder turbodiesel and 338bhp supercharged petrol options available too.

Size-wise the new Discovery is 4970mm long, 2220mm wide, and 1846mm tall, which makes it 141mm longer than the outgoing car, but at the same time narrower and lower. Cabin space is also increased meaning it keeps its famous ‘stadium seating’ while being able to squeeze in full-size adults in the third row; which incidentally can be folded/erected via the main touchscreen or your smartphone.

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When the third row seats are folded, there’s 1,137 litres of stowage space, and you’ll get over 2,000 litres if you do away with row two as well. There’s tons of storage in the glove-box and under-seat areas too, as well as up to four 12V sockets and nine USB charging points. There’s also in-car 4G WiFi that can support up to eight devices and a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment centre for the guys up top.

The new Land Rover Discovery 2017 will be on sale next Spring with prices starting at £43,495 for the Discovery S. Head over to the Land Rover Website for more specs and pricing details.

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