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by Matt Brogan

The new, fourth generation of Land Rover’s supremely versatile seven-seat vehicle gains a new name, Discovery 4, to go with its powerful and highly efficient new TDV6 diesel engine, fresh exterior identity and more premium cabin.

The model’s class-leading breadth of capability is extended even further with dynamic improvements, for both on-road and off-road driving, and the addition of user-friendly new technologies and features.

Available with two new engines, a 3.0-litre, twin turbo, diesel and 5.0-litre V8 petrol, both claim to provide greater performance with improved fuel economy and reduced emissions while at the same time further refining the renowned on-road dynamics that have this year been further transformed by comprehensive chassis system developments and a new super-smooth six-speed adaptive transmission.

Land Rover’s award-winning Terrain Response system has also been updated as have exterior design cues with a fresher, smoother new front end including revised headlamps integrated with LEDs.

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All-new interior design delivers a more premium and functional seven-seat space with user-friendly features now including surround camera system, 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. New design signals comprehensive engineering change under the skin, and now gives us the Discovery 4,” says Phil Popham, Land Rover Managing Director.

“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,” says Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Design Director.

“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,” says Mr Popham.

The new Discovery is packed with e-TERRAIN TECHNOLOGIES aimed at reducing fuel consumption and reducing CO2 emissions.

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.




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