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Land Rover Discovery: Paris Auto Show

author photo by Doug DeMuro September 2016

What Is It?

The 2018 Land Rover Discovery replaces the LR4 SUV and slots above the Discovery Sport in the growing Land Rover lineup. Although it's roughly the same size as the LR4, it features a totally new design, a completely new interior and a long list of new high-tech features.

On the outside, the latest Discovery features rounder, softer styling compared to the boxy LR4. While it still clearly retains an SUV look, the hood, sides and rear all feature more curves than the SUV that this model replaces. Major changes come to the inside too, as the new Discovery now features the same general design as the smaller Discovery Sport, but with improved materials and more interior room. Land Rover says the 2018 Discovery will offer five or seven seats, depending on how it's configured.

Not surprisingly, the new Discovery features a lot of new technology, including three rows of power-folding seats that can be folded from a button inside the vehicle or via a smartphone. There's also an available Wi-Fi hot spot, a 10-inch center touchscreen, a 14-speaker Meridian audio system and an Activity Key feature that lets you leave a key inside the vehicle while participating in athletic activities so you don't need to keep track of the key.

Maybe the only thing that hasn't changed is under the hood: The 2018 Discovery uses the same 340-horsepower 3.0-liter supercharged V6 as the LR4. Although Land Rover has announced that a 254-hp 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 is on the way, the automaker hasn't confirmed if that engine will reach the U.S. market.

How Much?

Land Rover says the 2018 Discovery will start from $50,985 with shipping.

When Can You Get It?

Summer 2017

Add It to Your Shopping List Because...

Land Rover's latest SUVs have all been handsome, desirable and full of impressive equipment -- and the 2018 Land Rover Discovery looks no different. Featuring available 3-row seating and an impressively futuristic array of gadgets and features, the upcoming Discovery looks like a viable alternative to popular SUVs from a wide range of rival brands. And there's also the ace Land Rover always has up its sleeve: Its models perform better off-road than most other luxury SUVs, a key attribute for drivers who still plan to occasionally leave the pavement.

Other Cars to Consider

2017 Audi Q7 -- The recently redesigned Audi Q7 is a handsome rival with 3-row seating and a long list of technology. The Discovery will have a lower base price than the Audi, but not by much.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class -- The increasingly outdated GLE-Class will have a tough competitor in the new Discovery, especially since the Benz still only offers five seats. But the GLE is smaller and more maneuverable for drivers who don't need the Discovery's size.

2017 Volvo XC90 -- The latest Volvo XC90 is a handsome, high-tech SUV that's been one of the hottest new models on the market for over a year. If you're interested in a Discovery, you'll certainly want the XC90 on your shopping list.

Used Range Rover Sport -- The Range Rover Sport offers bolder styling, more power and improved materials compared to the new Discovery. But with a base price of more than $65,000, pricing is higher, so you may have to consider a used model.

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