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2017 Land Rover Discovery on sale in Australia from $65,960

Off-road and adventure enthusiasts will be happy to hear the new Land Rover Discovery 5 has arrived in Australia, bringing all-new features and abilities to the large, seven-seat premium SUV class.

Five main variant lines are being offered in Australia, with three different engine options. These range from the S, SE, HSE, HSE Luxury, to the limited First Edition. There’s then the Td4 2.0-litre turbo-diesel producing 132kW/430Nm, to the Sd4 with the new twin-turbo diesel producing 177kW/500Nm, to the top 3.0-litre Td6 V6 diesel producing 190kW/600Nm.

All come with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and all but the Td4 variants get a two-speed transfer box with high and low range. An active locking rear differential is also optional for all, and all but the Td4 get electronic air suspension (optional on Td4).

Other standard features include autonomous emergency braking, in-cabin boot release for the single piece tailgate (power operated on HSE and above), cruise control, button start, rear parking aid with visual display and camera, and an 8.0-inch touch-screen media interface with the HSE and above using a 10-inch unit.

Land Rover is describing the new model as being the best family SUV in the world, following seven key principles. These are; seven adult-size seats, standard advanced safety tech, proper off-road performance, British creativity, storage (with up to 2406 litres), connectivity (with nine USB ports and six 12V sockets), and its continued involvement in humanitarian aid and conservation projects.

Judging by the Australian press images we have here, the new Discovery will offer pretty serious off-road performance, as well as looking quite smart and modern in line with other Land Rover and Range Rover products. It’s all based on the latest large platform which also underpins the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport. Speaking about the new model, company chief designer Gerry McGovern said:

“New Discovery redefines the large SUV. Land Rover’s design and engineering teams have revolutionised the Discovery DNA to create a highly desirable, extremely versatile and hugely capable premium SUV. We truly believe the result is a radical departure in design that will introduce the Discovery Family to a new, wider customer base.”

The new model officially launches in Australian showrooms on August 1, with prices starting from the following in both 5/7 seat form (excluding on-road costs):

2017 Land Rover Discovery S Td4 – $65,960/$71,560
2017 Land Rover Discovery S Sd4 – $71,560/$77,960
2017 Land Rover Discovery S Td6 – $78,271/$84,671.40

2017 Land Rover Discovery SE Td4 – $77,050/81,590
2017 Land Rover Discovery SE Sd4 – $83,450/87,990
2017 Land Rover Discovery SE Td6 – $90,161.40/94,701.40

2017 Land Rover Discovery HSE Td4 – $87,150/90,550
2017 Land Rover Discovery HSE Sd4 – $93,550/96,950
2017 Land Rover Discovery HSE Td6 – $100,261.40/103,661.40

2017 Land Rover Discovery HSE Luxury Td4 – $100,950/$104,350
2017 Land Rover Discovery HSE Luxury Sd4 – $107,350/110,750
2017 Land Rover Discovery HSE Luxury Td6 – $114,061.40/$117,461.40

2017 Land Rover Discovery First Edition Td6 – $131,871.40

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.