DISCOVERY gets even better
Land Rover has freshened up its popular Discovery with new engines, a facelift and an interior upgrade, reports NICK DALTON.
THE fourth generation of Land Rover’s s seven-seat four-wheel-drive wagon comes with new 3.0 litre twin-turbo diesel and 5.0 litre V8 petrol engines. The engines are mated to a new six-speed adaptive transmission and the award-winning Terrain Response™ system has been upgraded.
The fresh exterior design includes a smoother new front end and revised lights, including LEDs.
User-friendly new features include a surround camera system, a gradient release, tow assist, high beam assist and keyless entry.
“The outgoing Discovery 3 has well over 100 international awards to its name. But we’ve found ways to improve virtually every aspect of the vehicle’s design and engineering, some subtle, some major,” said Land Rover managing director Phil Popham.
“The new design signals comprehensive engineering change under the skin, and now gives us the Discovery 4,” he said.
“The new interior not only has a much more premium look and feel, it’s also gained improvement to its functionality.
“The new console inclines towards the driver, the switchgear and controls fall more readily to hand and new LED interior mood lighting in HSE models helps make the cabin a more pleasant and more easily used space after dark.
“We’ve made the interior environment more premium too, with smoother surfaces, softer materials and close attention to critical details such as stitching. The changes and upgrades for Discovery 4 transform many aspects of the previous generation, at the same time as enhancing the flexibility and versatility for which Discovery is famous.
“It can carry huge loads in its spacious interior, climb mountains, cruise across continents, haul trailers of up to 3.5 tonnes or transport seven family and friends in comfort. I can’t think of a more versatile vehicle anywhere.”
Both the new 3.0 litre twin turbo diesel and 5.0 litre V8 direct injection petrol engine were designed from the outset to deliver class-leading fuel economy and improved low-end torque.
Land Rover has optimised engine calibration optimised, there’s a lower engine idle speed, reduced torque-converter slip, higher torque to allow longer gearing, a clutched airconditioning pump to reduce parasitic losses (diesel only) and improved aerodynamics.
Discovery 4 will go on sale in Australian late this year with pricing, specification and model line-up still to be confirmed.