DIS­COV­ERY gets even bet­ter

Land Rover has fresh­ened up its pop­u­lar Dis­cov­ery with new en­gines, a facelift and an in­te­rior up­grade, re­ports NICK DAL­TON.

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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.

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