2017 Land Rover Discovery 2.0 SD4 HSE Luxury Test Drive: Midlife crisis turns Disco into Range Rover wannabe
There has never been a more dramatic transition from one Discovery generation to another than the arrival of the latest model in September 2016
The fifth-generation Disco is so different from its predecessor that one wouldn't be too wrong to mistake it for a Range Rover. Just look at it: gone are the brick-like volumes and simple, rugged details, replaced by a rounded shape and posh-looking, Range Rover-like headlights and grille.
Don't get me wrong, going upscale is no crime — everyone does it nowadays. But with the demise of the Defender, the Discovery remains the brand's most rugged and capable off-road vehicle, and the trouble with the new model is that it doesn't quite look like one.
Sure, it retains the stepped roof of its predecessor (although it's barely noticeable now) and the asymmetrical design of the tailgate — which is no longer split! Surely that must be a blasphemy for Disco fans, as must be the fact that it's not based on a ladder frame steel chassis anymore, adopting a lightweight aluminum monocoque structure instead.
There are many changes, but as they may be too difficult to take in all at once, I'll detail them as we go along. All things considered, the question on everyone's lips is: has the Discovery got soft by going upscale? Let's find out.
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