By John. F. Quilter
All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.
Chinese model makers are fast at work producing replicas of past and present model vehicles. Some are now done as manufacturers launch new product, much as AMT and Johan did in the 1950s and 1960s with 1:24 scale replicas for each year’s American cars. You may have played with and collected these. Hopefully, today’s models will stay in good shape better than the early plastic “promos” that sadly tended to become grossly warped with age.
The model shown in this article is one of the the latest from Premium X a brand name of Premium Collectibles Trading Company based in Macau, China. This model reviewed is the 2017 version of the Land Rover Discovery Sport. It is available in red as shown under item number PRD402 and in black as PRD401. Land Rover and Range Rover seem to be spinning out new models at a record pace. I’m having some difficulty keeping all these LR and RR products straight and trying to figure out what market niche they fit into.
In the interests of fuel economy the Discovery Sport features a 2.0 litre inline four cylinder engine with turbocharging and 9 speed automatic transmission and, for the technically savvy the bore is 3.44 and the stroke 3.27. All this provides for a 0-60 time of 7.8 seconds and a top speed of 124 MPH in case you are in a hurry to get to your favourite off road adventure.
There is a plethora of features such as All Terrain Process Control, Terrain Response, Hill Decent Control, Start Stop technology, (I’m not so sure about this feature as one who has spent a lifetime trying to make sure the engine does NOT stall at intersections) Electronic Power Assisted Steering, Hill Start Assist, Dynamic Stability Control, Electronic Park Brake, Emergency Brake Assist, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Roll Stability Control, Emergency Brake Assist. All this should keep you busy testing and demonstrating these features but of course only after you have read the owner’s handbook which is likely upwards of 300 pages. Heavens, the sales brochure is 96 pages! I can understand heated leather steering wheel, partial leather seats, 8 way front seats. Front and rear premium carpet mats but the other high tech features…. not so much.
Land Rover offers 17 exterior colours and 6 interior upholstery colours. Maybe you would like Ebony with Pimento stitching or perhaps Ebony with Cirrus stitching? We’ve come a long way from a Series 2 Land Rover. And for wheels there are 13 shown as available, some black, some silver and pick your diameter.
Now to the scale model, this one is done in Firenze red with Ebony seats, but aw shucks I cannot tell what the piping is, Pimento or Cirrus? The wheels appear to be 20” Split Spoke in gloss black. My camera seems to turn red into orange but trust me the model really is red. There is reasonable details on the undercarriage, the most prominent being the exhaust system that splits at the rear to two chrome tailpipes.
A very large tinted glass roof gives good visibility to the interior revealing some silver details to the centre stack, steering wheel and instruments. And this model is done in left hand drive just suitable for the USA. Proper green Land Rover oval badges appear on the grill and C posts.
So, if like me, you are an inveterate Land Rover model collector here is one more for the shelf. No fuel, insurance, registration, or a larger garage required. Now I eagerly await the Velar.
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