It appears the next generation Land Rover Discovery is set to shed even more weight that the latest 2013 Range Rover.
We know that Land Rover are on a quest to reduce the weight of their offerings, and the all aluminium 2013 Range Rover is the first real evidence with weight drops of up to 420kg for the new 3.0 litre diesel.
But it looks like the next generation Land Rover Discovery – which is due in 2014 and will be the Discovery 5 – is going to eclipse even the huge weight loss of the new Range Rover.
Land Rover has revealed that as the Discovery already weighs more than the old Range Rover – and slightly more than a small moon at a gross weight of 3240kg – it is likely it will be able to lose even more.
That will be very good news for Discovery owners as the Disco is, in may ways, the pick of the Land Rover range. It probably has more ability off-road than anything but the Defender, and so good is it that it’s really a cut-price Range Rover in all but name.
The current Discovery uses the 3.0 litre TDV6 diesel, which offers economy of around 32mpg (we managed 26.6mpg when we reviewed the Discovery 4 in 2010), so with the weight loss promised it looks like Land Rover will manage to offer the Discovery with headline economy of better than 40mpg and a 0-62mph in the 7-8 second region.
Which will make the 2014 Land Rover Discovery 5 even more appealing.