Land Rover mixes a classic nameplate with diesel fuel to create the 2017 Land Rover Discovery Td6.

The 2017 Discovery replaces the Land Rover LR4 with aluminum unibody construction over LR4’s body-on-frame platform, resulting in nearly a 1,000-pound weight reduction.

I recently tested the 2017 Land Rover Discovery HSE Luxury Td6 powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 diesel engine that builds 254 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Discovery’s 3.0L Diesel is exceptionally quiet with no hint of harsh engine clatter often associated with diesel engines.

Fuel economy is rated at 21 miles per gallon in town and 26 mpg on the highway. I achieved an average 22.8 combine mileage over my week-long test through urban areas.

All-wheel drive and adjustable Terrain Response, which adapts to various surface conditions, is standard on base Discovery SE.

Mid-level Discovery HSE and top-tier HSE Luxury models add a Rock Crawl mode to the Terrain system along with a two-speed transfer case, low-range gear ratio and locking center differential for backwoods travel.

Discovery HSE Luxury comes with three row, seven-passenger seating.

Access to the third row takes some planning as the aisle created between the 40/20/40-split second and third row is narrow. Flexible teen-types are suited best in the aft cabin.

Cabin room is spacious with generous arm, hip and legroom for first and second row occupants. Back seat legroom is cramped for adults of six-foot stature.

Creature comfort abounds with supple leather seats and soft touch materials found throughout the cabin. Genuine wood and brushed aluminum trim accent the passenger compartment.

Overhead, a large two-panel panoramic sunroof gives all riders a view of their outdoor surroundings. Tall seat positions up front give the driver and front passenger a commanding view of the road.

My test vehicle came with a dual screen entertainment system mounted in the forward headrests. Headsets are provided and conveniently wireless.

Discovery takes an exception to Land Rover’s two-piece tailgate and features a conventional one-piece hatch construction.

Access to the rear cargo hold is effortless with a hands-free power gesture tailgate operation.

The 2017 Land Rover Discovery HSE Luxury Td6 opens at $66,945 with freight.

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