Land Rover celebrates Discovery's 25th anniversary with new special edition, on sale in Q4
Steve Cropley Autocar
4 March 2014

A special commemorative edition of the Land Rover Discovery has been launched at the Geneva motor show. The Discovery XXV celebrates the 25th anniversary of the launch of the original model.

The XXV is based on the existing HSE Luxury specification and comes finished in bespoke 'Causeway Grey' paint. It gets 'Narvik Black' grille surrounds and mirror caps, as well as full-length silver roof rails. Unique 20-inch alloys and 'XXV' badging on the front doors and tailgate are also fitted.

Inside, the fascia, instrument binnacle and door-tops are covered in Windsor leather. Twist pile carpet and a leather-wrapped steering wheel complete the changes.

By the beginning of this year, Land Rover had made 1,088,000 Discoverys at its Solihull plant. 

The original Discovery was introduced in 1989 having been designed to fill a gap between the more utilitarian Defender and the upmarket Range Rover. During its first nine years on sale, over 392,000 Discoveries were built. By comparison, the Series II Disco managed 278,500 sales over its six-year run.

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The Land Rover Discovery XXV is expected to launch in the fourth quarter of this year at a price of around £63,000.

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19 April 2014
Take this as a positive criticism. I grew up with Defenders in my family, and have owned a number of your models overs the years. I currently own LR 4. I am especially attracted to the rugged beauty of Discovery and Defender models which have rugged handsomeness with an unbeatable combination of practicality, off-road ability and on-road manners. BUT Land rovers models are all starting to look the same now. Well RR/LR may still posses the same off road ability, BUT designs are become lazy and all look the same. Its hard to differentiate one model from the other. The new Ranger Rover has a compromised look and design, that it shares with the new RR sports that looks much better in that silhouette. RR Evoque as has a very feminine look, its a starbucks pick up vehicle, just like Lexus LX. So we don't need more of that. All these designs with with narrow squinty head lights and narrowed front grills do not portray the bold, aggressive, rugged, and power that the car possess. The new discovery concept look sleek, polished, glossy. I believe the car body design should communicate all the essence and capability of the vehicle. There is a reason why Mercedes brought back the G Gelandewagen vehicle. There are a lot of us that want to drive the cars that look the part. Modernity doesn't mean sleekness, or feminine designs, there are currently many of those options on the market. So please bring us back designs that convey power ruggedness and aggressiveness looks into your models, and especially the discovery. Unless you've lost your ways.

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