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New 2012 models get more power plus improved economy and CO2; subtle styling changes, too

Land Rover has revealed a host of revisions to its Discovery 4 and Range Rover Sport models for 2012 at the Frankfurt motor show.

The tweaks include more power and lower CO2 emissions for their SDV6 engine and a new eight-speed ZF gearbox.

The 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel offered in both cars has had a 10bhp boost to take power to 252bhp. Combined with the eight-speed ’box, CO2 emissions in the Discovery 4 are down by 14g/km to 230g/km, and from 243g/km to 230g/km in the Range Rover Sport. Combined economy in the Discovery 4 is boosted from 30.4mpg to 32.1mpg, and from 30.7mpg to 32.1mpg in the Range Rover Sport.

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The ZF gearbox, also found in Jaguar and BMW models, comes with a ‘Drive Select’ rotary gearshift and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Land Rover claims shift times of just 200 milliseconds in both cars.

Both cars, which were last heavily revised in 2010, have also undergone a series of subtle exterior cosmetic changes and an increase in both standard and optional interior equipment.

The entry-level eight-speaker audio and navigation systems on both cars are now Bluetooth, DAB, USB and iPod compatible. A 17-speaker Harmon Kardon sound system is also now offered as an option, as is a ‘Say What You See’ voice activation system that operates the multimedia controls.

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New 19-inch alloys come as standard on the Discovery 4, with Gloss Black 20-inch alloys available on HSE models. HSE cars also get a Timed Climate system that pre-heats the cabin and engine in cold weather.

Changes to the Range Rover Sport include a new automatic one-piece tailgate, a seven-inch Dual View option for the front navigation system and Gloss Black detailing for the headlight inners and front grille surrounds.

The only additional changes to the supercharged 5.0-litre V8 model Range Rover Sport are new 20-inch alloys and a ‘Light Atlas’ finish for the front grille. This model’s power outputs and economy and CO2 figures remain unchanged.

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