The outgoing Discovery’s distinguishing features – its unusual unified platform, its height, its air suspension and, most definitely, its weight – all contributed to an idiosyncratic and terrifically appealing driving experience.
That experience, so prized by its owners, hasn’t just informed the tuning of the new car; it has also served as the blueprint from which Land Rover has endeavoured to barely stray, excepting the ways in which it has improved.
The result, then, is less an all-new car and more a considerate and thoughtfully resolved reboot – slightly leaner, lighter of foot and weightier in sophistication.
It hardly hurts that many of the Discovery hallmarks remain safely in place: the hugely elevated ride height, the isolation of air springs and the fact that there’s still well over two tonnes to tote about.
But that scarcely diminishes the job done by Gaydon’s engineers, not least in the elemental differences rendered between it and the Range Rover Sport.
Both display significant rapport with their respective bulk, yet where the Sport hunkers down into a big-shouldered poise that approaches real keenness, the Discovery leans itself away from the effort, rolling congenially with gravity and the severity of the corner you’re tackling.