Press release by: Land Rover SA
Land Rover’s renown off-road capability bolstered by advanced driver assistance technologies
All Terrain Progress Control and Terrain Response 2 boost driver confidence in treacherous conditions
Full suite of on-road assistance systems enhance safety
Pretoria, 5 June 2017 – Since 1989, the Land Rover Discovery has been a shining beacon of everyday ingenuity: combining Land Rover’s incredible off-road capability, latest technologies, clever packaging and versatility, to deliver the world’s best family vehicle. This tradition continues with the All-New Discovery. With Land Rover’s trademark Command Driving Position, drivers can experience the All-New Discovery’s enhanced breadth of capability in complete confidence, irrespective of the road and weather conditions, by providing excellent visibility.
The All-New Discovery’s peerless all-terrain ability makes it one of the most capable vehicles ever to wear a Land Rover badge. Engineered to have inherent off-road capability, the All-New Discovery has more ground clearance, can wade through deeper water and approach steeper angles than before. This is augmented by Land Rover’s comprehensive suite of innovative driver-assistance technologies, ensuring it remains the class-leader when faced with the toughest all-terrain environments.
All-New Discovery is available with Land Rover’s multi-mode Terrain Response 2 system, which automatically monitors driving conditions to ensure the vehicle is primed to cope with a range of surfaces. Terrain Response 2 can also be manually selected using a rotary controller, with modes for general driving; grass, gravel and snow; mud and ruts; sand; and rock crawling. Each driving mode has a specific throttle mapping, drivetrain mode, steering response, suspension set-up, and traction control settings.
For particularly challenging terrain, drivers can use All-Terrain Progress Control (ATPC) to autonomously maintain a suitable crawl speed, between 2- and 30km/h. This assistive technology allows the driver to concentrate solely on steering the vehicle as they negotiate off-road obstacles, without the distraction of operating the throttle or brake pedals. ATPC is a technology that has been tuned using Land Rover’s decades of off-road expertise, giving drivers confidence – whether they’re pulling away on slippery uphill slopes or fording water up to 900mm deep.
“Our unrivalled collection of all-terrain technologies gives customers real confidence and ensures that any driver, be they an enthusiastic off-roader or a parent taking their children to school, can deal with any situation confidently and safely,” said Mike Cross, Land Rover Chief Engineer, Vehicle Integrity.
These assistive technologies combine with Land Rover’s suite of safety systems that include an off-road ABS, which gives drivers the best possible stopping power on gravel surfaces, as well as Hill Descent Control, Gradient Release Control, Electronic Traction Control, and Roll Stability Control. With its class-leading wading depth of 900mm, the All-New Discovery is also available with Wade Sensing, which provides real-time water depth information on the vehicle’s central display.
Exceptional off-road capability has not come at the expense of on-road refinement and versatility. The All-New Discovery has been extensively tested to ensure on-road performance, comfort and safety are a match for its class-leading all-terrain capability.
In everyday driving, drivers once again get to take advantage of Land Rover’s driver assistance technologies. These include Park Assist, which offers semi-autonomous functions for perpendicular and parallel parking, in addition to a high-definition surround camera system.
Land Rover’s Blind Spot Monitor and Blind Spot Assist safety systems ensure drivers remain safe when travelling on busy roads, while Closing Vehicle Sensing scans for fast approaching vehicles further behind and alerts drivers to collision risks if they were to move into the path of an approaching vehicle in an adjacent lane. Lane Keep Assist will also help drivers avoid straying into lanes.
The All-New Land Rover Discovery launches in July 2017. Prices start at R980 000. Customers can log on to www.landrover.co.za to build their own All-New Discovery using the Land Rover configurator.