The new Land Rover Discovery makes a big statement. The bulky design is gone and the new, sleeker look isn't to everyone's liking. Has it lost its off-road capabilities along with its old look? We send it on an off-road course full of mud and hills to see if it can still cope with the rough stuff.
The model we chose for the test is arguably the one to have, it has the 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel engine with 600 Nm of torque. It's much lighter on fuel than the petrol version and in this HSE Luxury guise, comes with air suspension as standard. The new Disco sheds around 450 kg of its kerb weight in total, but still weighs in at over 2 tonnes.
The interior has gone through a significant update with loads of new tech and practicality aids being added. Everything is electrical, which may concern some of the hardcore fans so we will have to wait and see as to how thorough Land Rover has been with its testing of the new Disco.
We head to the off-road testing basin at Hellgat outside of Cape Town to give the new Discovery a bit of a shakedown. Enjoy...