The light-commercial market has a new entrant in the form of the Land Rover Discovery.
The Commercial version of the latest Discovery SUV has gone on sale, priced from £48,695 on the road – including £8,066.67 of VAT.
Based directly on the SUV, the Discovery Commercial model replaces the second and third row of seats with a load space, producing a carrying capacity of 1,856 litres. The cargo area measures 1635mm long, 939mm high and 1411mm wide, and accepts loads of up to 1000 x 735mm in size through a powered tailgate.
To keep the contents of the load space out of view, the Commercial is provided with rear window concealment panels using privacy glass.
In other respects, the Commercial replicates the specification and technology available on the standard Discovery. All-wheel-drive, an automatic transmission with a two-speed transfer box and air suspension are all standard.
The Land Rover Terrain Response System is on all models, with selectable modes to match the chassis and powertrain settings to the surface being traversed. The options list includes Terrain Response 2 which automatically changes the settings depending on driving conditions.
A host of safety systems also feature, including autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, hill-start assist and hill-descent control. Handling aids such as roll stability, cornering and gradient control are also included, as is a trailer stability assist system – the Discovery offering a 3.5-tonne towing capacity.
Land Rover is making the Discovery Commercial available with both the 2.0-litre 240hp Ingenium and 3.0-litre V6 258hp diesel engines, the larger unit costing £1,500 more. Customers will also be able to select from three trim levels.
Order books for the Discovery Commercial are now open and first deliveries are expected in the Spring of 2018.