Land Rover has unveiled a series of modifications to its venerable Discovery model. Revisions to the seven-seat SUV include a subtly revised exterior look, a cleaner, more efficient diesel engine, and a range of new equipment.
Power for the 252bhp 3.0-litre SDV6 diesel engine remains unchanged, but the adoption of a stop-start system reduces CO2 emissions from 230g/km to 213g/km and improves economy from 32.1mpg to 35.3mpg.
The SDV6 is the sole engine choice in the UK, but in other global markets the old 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine is replaced by Jaguar Land Rover’s new 335bhp 3.0-litre supercharged V6 engine, increasing performance, improving economy and reducing CO2 emissions in the process.
The new look includes a new front grille, front bumper and front headlight design, along with a new LED daytime running light signature. New alloy wheels are also offered.
Another notable change is the adoption of Discovery badging on the bonnet in place of Land Rover, in the same style as the Range Rover models. This is the first step in Land Rover pushing the Discovery name into a brand in its own right, as with Range Rover. The replacement for the Freelander, due in 2014, is also set to join the Discovery family.