All-New Land Rover Discovery Debuts In Malaysia [+Video]

Jaguar Land Rover (Malaysia) has just rolled-out the new Discovery to the Malaysian market. The fifth-generation model benefits from Land Rover’s strong, safe and light full-size SUV architecture, delivering comfort and adaptability like no other.

The new Discovery redefines the large SUV, which has been revolutionised to create a highly desirable, extremely versatile and hugely capable premium SUV. It also embodies Land Rover’s drive to go Above and Beyond, combining British desirability with an unstoppable spirit of adventure.

This three-row, seven-seat SUV that measures 4,970mm long, 2,220mm wide (mirrors out) and 1,846mm tall, is the ultimate family and active lifestyle companion. The Discovery’s trademark stadium seating is accommodated by its distinctive stepped roof that ensures all passengers enjoy excellent forward visibility and unrivalled long-haul comfort.

The new Discovery also offers the driver, driving confidence due to the raised Command Driving Position, simple controls and enhanced chassis technology. Apart from that, it is also equipped with InControl Touch Pro, which provides greater connectivity than ever before including access to a range of apps, satellite navigation as well as vehicle controls through the updated 10-inch high-resolution touchscreen display.

The Powered Inner Tailgate is another great innovation that is offered with the new Discovery. This neat innovation incorporates an additional fold-down section that deploys when the tailgate is opened. A button inside the load area can then be used to lower the Powered Inner Tailgate section. The deployed 285mm long tailgate serves as impromptu event seating and is able to support a maximum load of 300kg, making it the perfect place to enjoy a tailgate picnic or to change out of muddy boots – all under the shelter of the tailgate.

Powered by a 258PS 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine, badged Td6, the single-turbo engine features low-pressure exhaust recirculation, a two-stage oil pump and revised fuel-injector nozzle for improved responses, refinement and efficiency. The 258PS engine delivers stronger performance than before and the benchmark 0-100km/h sprint takes only 8.1 seconds – a reduction of 1.3 seconds. With a significant 600Nm of torque on offer, the new Td6 diesel delivers relaxed cruising refinement and towering all-terrain capability. Speaking of terrain, check out this short video of the Disco in action:

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Coupled with the Td6 diesel engine is the ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox, which has been engineered by the powertrain experts at Land Rover to combine smooth shifts with sharp responses and optimized fuel efficiency. The gearbox is controlled using the rotary gearshift controller that rises from the center console, while manual changes can be prompted with the use of the steering wheel-mounted shift paddles for dynamic driving and precise control when completing off-road maneuvers.

For the ultimate all-terrain capability, the new Discovery is offered a two-speed transfer box, providing selectable high and low range gears for optimum on-road and off-road performance. The intelligent system provides a standard 50/50 torque split between front and rear wheels, while the two-speed fully synchronised ‘shift on the move’ system allows the driver to swap between high and low ratios without having to stop the vehicle, at speeds of up to 60km/h.

In addition, an available four-corner air suspension system in the new Discovery that improves ride quality when driving on-road also provides greater capability when off-roading.

In terms of design, the new design of the Discovery features optimised proportions, combined with beautiful detailing as well as enhanced precision to create a highly capable and versatile SUV with a more dynamic design than before. At the front, the new Discovery’s sculpted surfaces, jewel-like headlamps and a faster windscreen angle break the Discovery tradition and the state-of-the-art daytime running lamps deliver a modern appearance with a distinctive new light signature. At the back, the LED rear lamps have a horizontal emphasis, giving New Discovery a more sporty appearance, while the new one-piece tailgate delivers a more dynamic rear design.

“The new Discovery builds upon the practicality and versatility of its predecessor, offering the same supreme breadth of capability that only a Land Rover can. Pioneering technologies, lightweight aluminium architectures and advanced powertrains ensure that the new Discovery appeals to consumers of multiple levels,” said Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia Sdn Bhd Managing Director Datuk Aishah Ahmad.

Land Rover’s innovative aluminium full-sized SUV platform provides the perfect basis for the new Discovery, delivering a lightweight but durable architecture that contributes to lower CO2 emissions and improved fuel economy, as well as enhancing its dynamic abilities. This lightweight monocoque body construction is made up of 85% aluminium – 43% recycled – and is a significant 480kg lighter than before.

The Activity Key, which is offered as an optional accessory is another ‘first’ in the large SUV segment that allows owners to lock and unlock the vehicle without the need to carry a conventional key fob. It is designed as a durable wristband to be worn during outdoor activities.

Priced at RM729,800* the new Discovery comes with 5 years warranty and free service as well as 3 years of complimentary roadside assist. The first 5 customers to purchase the new Discovery will be given a RM5,000 accessory voucher. Genuine Land Rover accessories are also covered by a 12-month warranty. Accessories fitted within one month or 1,600km (whichever comes first) of the handover of the new Discovery will be covered by the vehicle warranty.

In conjunction with the official launch of the new Discovery, Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia will be organizing a ‘Discovery Day’ on January 13 and 14, 2018 at Sime Darby Auto Connexion Petaling Jaya and SISMA Auto Glenmarie and also at SISMA Auto Penang on January 20 and 21, 2018. This exclusive event is by invitation only. Interested customers can call the respective showrooms to register their interest.

For more information on the newly launched Discovery, kindly visit or Land Rover Showrooms – Sime Darby Auto Connexion Petaling Jaya (03-7946 3800), SISMA Auto Glenmarie (03-5569 3311) and SISMA Auto Penang (04-226 2279).

*Price is inclusive of 6% GST, excludes road tax, registration and insurance.

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Chris Wee has been in the motoring journalism scene since the early 90's, cutting his teeth with publications such as Highway Malaysia, Asian Auto, Auto International, and later on as Editor of Asean Autocar and Malaysian EVO, for which he was its Managing Editor for 7-years, He's also been with NST Cars, Bikes & Trucks, and started his on-line motoring career with may be his last stop in a motoring journalism career that spans more than two decades.