Following 10 years of continued success since its launch in 1989, the second edition of the Discovery launched in 1999. This time, Discovery was now billed not only as a utilitarian vehicle for all purposes, but as an everyday use vehicle, ready for daily family life.
Discovery 2 was both longer and wider than its predecessor, with the sole purpose of creating more interior space. Both ride and handling were improved through the addition of Self-Levelling Suspension and Active Corner Enhancement.
The exterior design was altered with the rear extended to ensure boot space was used to its full potential. The front of the vehicle also changed with the introduction of pocketed headlights, whilst the turn signals were moved to high-side fixtures. The need for more interior comfort meant a revamp for the interior to make it even more comfortable than the original Discovery.
A new engine was introduced, an inline five-cylinder 2.5 litre diesel which produced more power as well as providing superior fuel efficiency than its predecessor. It was also electronically managed, meaning an improved, smoother ride. The V8 was upgraded to 4.0 litre and a new exhaust added to improve performance.
Along with the upgraded engine and interior design, electronic off-road systems were added for the first time. These included Traction Control, Electronic Brake Distribution and Hill Descent Control, a new development by Land Rover at the time. These systems further expanded Discovery’s now acclaimed off-road capability, with Traction Control and Hill Descent Control now providing driver assistance where previously the centre differential had taken the strain. The locking centre differential did remain, however the linkage to operate it was now no longer attached.
Discovery 2 also saw Commercial models produced for the first time by Land Rover Special Vehicles. Based on the 5-door body shell, the rear windows were covered to give both added security and a more commercial look.
In May 2004, production on the Discovery 2 ended in preparation for the production of its successor, the next edition of the Discovery series which brought about its revolution.
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