The new Land Rover Discovery LR4 benefits from similar upgrades to the 2012 Range Rover Sport. New diesel engine, new ZF gearbox, and massively improved interior and equipments.
The most importan improvement is the introduction of a new ZF 8HP70, 8-speed automatic transmission on the 3.0-liter SDV6 diesel engine which also benefits from a power boost.
The 8-speed, first fitted to the Range Rover TDV8 for 2011, helps improve fuel consumption to 8.8lt/100km (26.7mpg US or 32.1mpg UK) in the combined cycle and bring down CO2 emissions from 244g/km to 230g/km.
Beside this, the updated Discovery 4 also comes equipped with the ‘Drive Select’ rotary gear shift and steering wheel-mounted paddle shift as standard.
The refined for the 2012MY 3.0-liter V6 turbo diesel now delivers 256-horses, up from 245HP, while peak torque stands at 600Nm (443 lb-ft).
The 2012MY Discovery 4, in addition to the powertrain improvements, gains two new alloy wheel designs, three new optional packages including the Vission Assist Pack with Xenon Adaptive Front Headlamps including Cornering Lamps, Automatic Headlamps with High Beam Assist and the Surround Camera System with Approach Lamps, Tow Assist / Hitch Assist, plus improved audio and navigation systems throughout the range.
“Improved performance, lower CO2 emissions and enhanced design and equipment levels, consolidate the Discovery 4′s position as the most capable and versatile all-purpose vehicle on and off the road today. The Discovery 4 is quite simply in a class of its own,” said Colin Green, Land Rover UK Managing Director.
The 2012 Model Year Discovery 4 is available in the UK from £37,995 on the road from October.
Height mm (in) 1887 (74.3)
Width mm (in) 2176 (85.7)
Length mm (in) 4829 (190.1)
Wheelbase mm (in) 2885 (113.6)
Turning Circle m (ft) 11.8 (38.7)
Drag coefficient Cd 0.40
EU Kerb Weight kg (lb) 2583-2700 (5695-5952)
Front suspension Air sprung Independent double wishbone
Rear suspension Air sprung Independent double wishbone
Brakes Front 2 piston sliding calliper, 360mm ventilated disc
Steering Rack & pinion PAS
Four Wheel-Drive system Full time 4 wheel drive with std locking centre differential. Optional locking rear axle differential available with Air Suspension + Terrain ResponseTM
Engine type Longitudinal V6, 24 valve, four OHC, direct injection diesel, parallel sequential turbochargers
Displacement cc (cu in) 2993 (182.6)
Bore/stroke mm (in) 84×90 (3.30×3.54)
Compression ratio 16.1:1
Max power hp (kW) 256 (188)@4000rpm
Max Torque Nm (lbft) 600 (443)@2000rpm
Fuel consumption EU
urban / extra urban /
28.8 / 34.9 / 32.1 –
9.8 / 8.1 / 8.8
CO2 g/km (combined) 230
Transmission ZF 8HP70 8-speed auto
Fuel tank capacity litres/imp gals/US gals 82.3 / 18.1 / 21.7
Range EU combined miles (km) 590 (950)*
Top speed mph (kph) 112 (180)
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