Land Rover Discovery 4 2010
Unlike the Range Rover Sport, Land Rover SA have opted for an all-new engine line-up for the Discovery 4, including a new 3.0 TDV6 (available in S, SE and HSE trim), as well as a petrol 5.0 V8 HSE.
This new direct-injection V8 delivers 25% more power and 19% more torque than the previous 4.4-litre power plant, accelerating it from 0-100 km/h in 7.6 sec.
The pick of the range however, is the new 3.0 TDV6.
Compared to the previous 2.7-litre diesel, this engine offers a 9% improvement in fuel economy and 10% less CO2 emissions, while increasing power by 29%.
Torque also increases by 36% to 600 Nm, accelerating the Disco 4 from 0-100 km/h in a claimed 9.6 sec, 24% faster than the previous 2.7-litre.
On-road, body roll and dive under braking have been reduced thanks to stiffer and larger anti-roll bars, while the centre of gravity has also been lowered by 42 mm at the front and 62 mm at the rear.
Off the beaten track is still where the Discovery excels, boasting a wading depth of 700 mm (in off-road mode) and new technical enhancements, including a sand launch-control function and gradient release-control function (similar to that on the new Range Rover).
Changes to the exterior include a revised bumper and LED lighting front and rear.
Unfortunately, the full sized spare wheel remains under the rear load bay, while the protective black plastic side mouldings have been ditched.
The hard plastics in the interior have also made way for more luxurious materials.
Other useful new additions include a surround camera system and a new trailer stability assist system.
How much? Prices were yet to be announced at the time of going to print.
Originally published in Drive Out #33 | October – November 2009