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by Tim Beissmann

The updated Land Rover Discovery 4 will arrive in Australian showrooms in January 2013 with new and upgraded engines and transmissions, a more advanced standard infotainment system and a number of styling enhancements.

Headlining the 2013 Land Rover Discovery 4 upgrade is the introduction of a new twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine to the entry-level model, which replaces the long-serving 2.7-litre turbo diesel unit. Power rises to 155kW (up 15kW) while torque now peaks at an impressive 520Nm (from 2000rpm), up 80Nm over the old engine.

A new eight-speed ZF automatic transmission replaces the old six-speed gearbox, sending drive to all four wheels via Land Rover’s full-time four-wheel drive system.

Accelerating from 0-100km/h takes 10.7 seconds (2.0sec quicker than before), while the base model Discovery’s combined cycle fuel consumption is down by around 17 per cent, falling from 10.2 litres per 100km to 8.5L/100km.

The higher tune of the diesel engine (183kW/600Nm) also adopts the new eight-speed auto, shaving three-tenths off the hulking off-roader’s 0-100km/h sprint (now 9.3sec) and improving its fuel consumption by roughly five per cent to 8.8L/100km.

The flagship 276kW/510Nm 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine carries over unchanged with its six-speed ZF automatic transmission; a combination that allows it to reach triple figures in 7.9 seconds and burn through 14.1L/100km on the combined cycle.

Inside, the infotainment system has been overhauled and now includes DAB+ digital radio and a digital TV tuner as standard. The entry-level audio system features eight speakers, a USB input and Bluetooth phone connectivity with audio streaming. The mid-range Harmon/Kardon system has 11 speakers and a 380-watt output, while the high-grade 17-speaker Premium Logic 7 unit delivers 825 watts.

Two new interior colours and two new trim finishes complete the changes to the refreshed cabin.

Five new body colours have been added to the Land Rover Discovery 4 palette: Havana, Barolo Black, Barossa, Mariana Black and Causeway Grey.

The HSE variant features new 19-inch Bright Silver alloy wheels, while the optional Black Design Pack allows customers to individualise their Disco with black-painted 19- or 20-inch alloys, as well as black trim finishes across the grille and side fender vents.

Australian pricing for the 2013 Land Rover Discovery 4 range will be revealed closer to its launch at the beginning of next year.




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