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First Look: Land Rover Discovery (2017)

Legoland Rover Exclusive: My car's up on bricks

By Rob Gill Published

4x4 | Land Rover | Discovery | Paris Motor Show

WELCOME to LegoLandy.

This Lego Tower Bridge — 13m high and made from a record 5.8 MILLION toy bricks — is the largest Lego structure ever built.

It took Brit “master builder” Duncan Titmarsh and his team five months to complete for the launch of the new £43,495 Land Rover Discovery yesterday.

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Bear Grylls abseiled down it, Sir Ben Ainslie towed a Lego replica of his America’s Cup boat (186,000 bricks) in water underneath it and Zara Phillips rode over a special horse jump.

The car is now on public display at the Paris Motor Show.

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The not-so-tiny Tower Bridge was built at Packington Hall, Warwicks, close to Land Rover’s Solihull plant, where the new Discovery 5 will be assembled alongside the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport.

Laid end to end, the bricks would stretch for 200 miles.

P45 for Emmet. He’s out of a job.

10_198_144_37CADSXADG A TOWER Bridge Lego set (aged 16+, 4,287 pieces) is £209.99 at Toys R Us. They should be free with every new Disco.

Top 5 Lego builds

Tower Bridge (2016) – 5.8million bricks

Star Wars X-Wing Fighter (2013) – 5.3million bricks

Lego house for James May’s Toy Stories (2009) – 3.3million bricks

Herobot 9000 robot (2011) – 2.8million bricks

Allianz Arena, Munich (2005) - 1.3million bricks

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Key facts: LAND ROVER DISCOVERY

Price: £43,495

Engine: 2-litre diesel

Economy: 43mpg

CO2: 171g/km

0-62mph: 8.3 secs

Top speed: 121mph

Out: February

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Land Rover Discovery - First Look

SHE is D, desirable.

She is I, intelligent.

She is S, super-lightweight.

She is C, capable.

She is Oh-oh-oh!

Land Rover has another Disco classic on its hands.

Out February from £43,495, this seven-seat family SUV has more tech than Nasa and could beat a Sherpa up a mountain (the guide, not the van, obvs, but that too. Even a Sherpa in a Sherpa). And Disco 5 is £500 cheaper than the current Disco 4.

The light but strong aluminium body saves 75st — the weight of five baby elephants

The light but strong aluminium body saves 75st — the weight of five baby elephants — and together with the new 2-litre twin-turbo diesel, it will drink much less. Land Rover quote 43mpg and 171g/km CO2. Rubbish economy is a failure of the old car.

It’s also lush inside.

All three rows can have heated seats, there’s five ISOFIX mounts, 3G wifi for eight devices, nine USB ports, four 12v, a digital sound system, huge panoramic glass roof, and the 10in touchscreen reduces the rash of switches by a third.

Driver help includes adaptive cruise control (it slows when the car in front slows), auto emergency braking, hands-free parking and semi-autonomous Tow Assist (it takes care of the tricky counter steering). It’s also the king of towing, pulling up to 3.5 tons.

it’s good to know this Disco has got your back

Of course, most will never go further off-road than a muddy school field, but it’s good to know this Disco has got your back.

It’s brimming with trick 4x4 kit and can swim in water 30in deep. The automatic air suspension lowers for easier entry.

Land Rover has also scrapped the horizontally-split tailgate and gone back to a single tailgate.

But don’t fret, a powered “inner tailgate” opens out 11in for you to sit and change muddy boots or have a picnic. Tip top.

UK boss Jeremy Hicks promised Disco 5 “is better in every way”.

It’s a smash hit.

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