The Land Rover Discovery has displayed just how mighty its towing capability is by hauling a 110-tonne road train in the Northern Territory, to announce the arrival of the 2018 model.
With a 3.0-litre diesel engine producing 600Nm of torque, factory-fitted tow bar and 3500-kilograms towing capacity, the Discovery successfully pulled the truck and its seven trailers for 16 kilometres on the Lasseter Highway.
Land Rover Product Engineer, Quentin Spottiswoode was behind the wheel of the Disco.
“Towing capability has always been an important part of Discovery DNA and the raw weight of the road train tells only half the story here.
"Pulling a rig and seven trailers, with the rolling resistance of so many axles to overcome, is a huge achievement. We expected the vehicle to do well but it passed this test with flying colours, hitting 44km/h along its 16km route.”
John Bilato, Managing Director of haulage specialist G&S Transport didn't believe the four-wheel-drive SUV would pull his road train.
“I was amazed by how easily the standard Discovery pulled a 110-tonne road train. And the smoothness of the gearchanges under that amount of load was genuinely impressive.
"These road trains are the most efficient form of road haulage on the planet and using the Discovery made this the most economical of all.”
The 2018 Discovery brings a technology update including a 12.3-inch Interactive Driver Display TFT instrument cluster and Air Cabin Ionisation.
This is not the first time Land Rover has attempted towing heavy machinery. For its launch in 1989 a Discovery pulled a train, and last year the Discovery Sport premium towed three rail carriages.
You would think this latest venture is the cream of the crop.