On 20th September 2017, in the Northern Territory, Australia, a Land Rover Discovery undertook the mammoth task of towing a 110-tonne road train through the Australian Outback. This ultimate towing test was completed as an impressive display of the new 2018 Discovery's towing capabilities.
On public roads, the Discovery Td6 has a maximum towing capacity of 3,500kg, but on a closed section of the Lasseter Highway, in a safely controlled environment, the vehicle succeeded in towing the 110-tonne road train for 16km, thanks to the powerful 258PS 3.0-litre diesel engine and four-wheel-drive traction.
This test continues the Land Rover tradition of using Discoveries in impressive towing demonstrations. At the 1989 launch for the original Discovery I, it was used to pull a train. Whilst just last the Discovery Sport premium compact SUV undertook the challenge of towing a three rail carriages across the Rhine River.
The Discovery used in the challenge was fitted with a standard eight-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel drive system and a factory-fitted tow bar attachment. The new 2018 Discovery model is available with Jaguar Land Rover's new and efficient 300PS four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine which is capable of producing 400Nm of torque with CO2 emissions of 222g/km.
Land Rover received recognition for the towing power of the new
Discovery earlier this year as the model was crowned Tow Car Awards
overall winner for 2017. In the previous ten years, the Discovery has
won this award nine times. The judges praised the Discovery for its
all-around capability, including towing, storage and accuracy of
manufacturer towing advice, whilst also giving recognition to the models
overall price and ownership costs.
Making towing easy in the Land Rover Discovery is a range of driver assistance systems. The Advanced Tow Assist technology provides responsive trajectory lines on the rear camera, allowing the driver to reverse without stress. Also featured are Trailer Light Test, Rear Height Assist, Hitch Assist, Nose Load Measurement and Trailer Stability Assist.