The Land Rover Discovery is set to move closer to the Range Rover than ever before.
Land Rover has moved to soften the Disco 3’s ‘brutal’ exterior. The new model gets a complete front end redesign in a bid to reduce visual bulk, particularly by knocking the corners off the bumpers.
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Much of the contrasting black plastic that adorned the old model has also been removed.
But the biggest changes are inside, where the old cliff-face dash design has been replaced by something much closer to the luxuriousness of the Range Rover.
Land Rover is now keen for the Discovery 4 to be considered alongside the forthcoming Mercedes E-class estate, calling it “an executive estate”.
It points out that the Discovery is “shorter [than the E-class], can carry seven full-size adults, tow 3.5 tonnes and handle 40-degree slopes” while now also offering driver appeal on the road.
The new car adopts JLR’s new twin-turbo 3.0-litre diesel engine. The new unit is Euro5-compliant but it delivers 242bhp and a massive 443lb ft of torque at just 2000rpm.
Land Rover says 359lb ft of that will be available just half a second after acceleration begins.
Even so, despite being 30 per cent more powerful and offering 36 per cent more torque, the new unit should be about nine per cent more economical, returning 30.4mpg.