The all-new Land Rover Discovery’s all-terrain ability makes it one of the most capable vehicles ever to wear a Land Rover badge, says the automaker.

Engineered to have inherent off-road capability, the new Disco 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 capable when faced with the toughest all-terrain environments.

The Land Rover Discovery launches in July 2017, with pricing starting at R980 000.

Going at it

The forthcoming 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.

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Proper all-rounder

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 Discovery is also available with Wade Sensing, which provides real-time water depth information on the vehicle’s central display.

Land Rover says the vehicle’s off-road capability has not come at the expense of on-road refinement and versatility. The new Discovery has been extensively tested to ensure on-road performance, comfort and safety matches its all-terrain capability.