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    • Posted: 16/09/18

      Rather than a major overhaul, Discovery was given a revamp in 2009 with the announcement of Discovery 4. External changes were mainly cosmetic which saw the grille and front bumper being modified, the distinctive ‘Discovery’ script added to the front of the vehicle in later model years, and the introduction of new LED headlights.

      Discovery 4’s most compelling updates however, were mechanical, and the fourth generation saw the introduction of a larger capacity diesel engine, where the V6 2.7 Litre engine of previous generations was replaced with the TDV6 Gen III 3.0 Litre engine, for a more responsive drive.

      Despite the larger engine size, the 3.0 TDV6 delivered a nine percent improvement in fuel consumption, and improved emissions by around ten percent. Land Rover claimed it was the highest pull of any 6-cylinder passenger vehicle production diesel.

      A refreshed interior in Discovery 4 elevated the feeling of quality in the cabin, with robust materials and a minimalist dashboard to improve usability and practicality. Redesigned seats offered more comfort and the touchscreen multimedia system provided enhanced digital display quality that offered a more intuitive and better quality experience for the user.

      Improved infotainment allowed for greater connectivity, with features that linked MP3 devices to the main console.

      New technology added to Discovery 4 included the Surround Camera System, a new optional feature providing improved visibility of the vehicle’s surroundings through five strategically placed cameras.

      Towing aids were improved with the introduction of both Trailer Stability Assist and Hitch Guidance technology. Trailer Stability Assist gradually reduced engine power and applied the brakes to reinstate control of the trailer when sway was detected. These new additions complemented the pre-existing towing aides and led to Discovery being awarded the ‘Tow Car of the Decade’ accolade by the Tow Car Awards.

      In February 2012, Discovery achieved a significant milestone, as the one-millionth Discovery vehicle made its way off the Solihull production line. To celebrate this achievement, Land Rover announced the ‘Journey of Discovery’ a 50-day, 8,000 mile adventure which saw three Land Rover Discovery 4s travel from their birthplace in Birmingham to Beijing in China while raising funds for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

    • A team of four travelled through 13 countries across Europe and Central Asia to achieve this feat, tackling some of the world’s most challenging terrains in Discovery 4s.

      Seven years after the launch of Discovery 4, 28th September 2016 would become the next significant date in the Discovery timeline. The announcement of the fifth generation meant another design revolution for Discovery.

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