For those of you who thought that the Land Rover Discovery has become more about image and luxury, as opposed to a hardcore offroad vehicle, think again. Land Rover has created the Discovery Commercial, which is designed for those who operate in extreme conditions.
The Land Rover Discovery has impressed us with its luxury fittings and quality, but what if you wanted more from it? The Discovery has a stellar reputation for being a versatile and practical offroader, and we'd argue that the new one was too luxury-focused. Introducing the Land Rover Discovery Commercial which ups the ante considerably.
The second and third row of seats have been removed, and in its place is 1 856 litres of load space. Land Rover is claiming big practicality opportunities from this and its 1 635mm long, 939 mm high and 1 411 mm wide. The load area's windows are fitted with privacy glass, so no one can see what's inside. There is a metal guard which protects the front occupants from cargo shifting and the powered tailgate helps with access. Towing capacity is rated at a respectable 3.5 tons.
Land Rover Discovery Commercial removes two rows of seats in favour of more versatility.
The Land Rover Discovery Commercial comes with four-wheel drive, automatic transmission, twin-speed transfer box, air suspension and a full-size spare wheel fitted as standard. It can also go offroad and features Land Rover’s Terrain Response systems which optimise the vehicle’s engine, gearbox, centre differential and chassis systems automatically for the terrain. In terms of engines, just two turbocharged diesel engines are offered in Commercial spec; the 2.0-litre SD4 and 3.0-litre TD6. Cruise control, a speed limiter, Autonomous Emergency Braking and Lane Departure Warning are all standard.
Jaguar Land Rover UK Managing Director, Jeremy Hicks said: “Discovery Commercial has always been a key part of the Discovery line-up since the Discovery 1, but the latest version brings new levels of practicality, versatility and premium levels of comfort that showcase the vehicle’s hard-working DNA.” The first Land Rover Discovery Commercial deliveries are scheduled for the second quarter of 2018.