5th-Mar-2012: Land Rover Discovery 4, the car that was showcased in the movie Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, was launched back in 2011. Land Rover has produced one million Land Rover Discovery cars across the globe, 23 years after Land Rover introduced its original model. Land Lover Discovery 4 sits between Range Rover and the rugged Defender. To celebrate its millionth vehicle made at UK plant, Land Rover launched ‘Journey of Discovery’. The Millionth and two other Discovery cars will be embarking on a 50-day, 8,000 mile 'Journey of Discovery' from its birthplace in Birmingham to Beijing in China which is one of Land Rover's fastest growing markets. The Land Rover Discovery can seat seven passengers, has a load space volume of up to 2,500 liters and is packed with technology including Land Rover's award-winning Terrain Response System. These vehicles will be travelling through 13 countries across Europe and Central Asia, culminating at the Beijing motor show on 23 April. This will help Land Rover in launching a fund raising project for supporting a much needed water sanitation project in Uganda.
The name Land Rover brings in mind a picture of robust military jeep and a shrewd manly driver behind the wheels. Slightly true to its image, Land Rover Discovery 4 is a cut between luxury and armored vehicles. The first look at this masculine vehicle makes you automatically clench your fist with a silent tribute to courage, power and spirit of adventure.
The British carmaker Land Rover which was bought by Tata Motors in 2008 forming part of their Jaguar Land Rover group has launched four versions of Land Rover Discovery series and has won many awards till now. Mostly inspired in make and material by its sister Range Rover, Land Rover’s initial versions were marked by a minimalist design as its main focus was survivability. Land Rover Discovery, however, boasts of evolving in luxury while still keeping to its roots.
Land Rover Discovery 4 is a 5-door SUV with sharp edged 4.8m X 2.17m X 1.83m body. It derives strength from its 6 V-Longitudinal cylinder 3.0-Lt TDV6 Automatic Diesel engine that generates a maximum power of 245 PS @ 4,000rpm, maximum torque of 600Nm @ 2000 rpm and 2993cc displacement. It has ventilated disc brakes and 6-speed automatic transmission system. A distinct cross-linked air suspension system has embedded logic to detect the gap between chassis of vehicle and the ground and adjust the ground clearance accordingly by raising/ lowering the vehicle. The all new daytime running lights are the first ones on any Land Rover vehicle.
The ergonomic leather seats, leather steering wheel and advanced control panel create a plush view of interiors. The choice with 8-speaker Harman-Kardon audio system is in line with theme of Discovery 4. Though compared to other premium SUV, it seems a little conservative in style. The real show stopper, however, is ‘Terrain Response’ system evolved more than ever that sets it apart from the crowd. It takes fear of terrain away from a driver and gives confidence to explore new grounds while fully utilizing vehicle’s ability and strength. On a Terrain response screen the driver simply has to select the type of terrain from options provided that matches the surface best and leave the decision of setting transmission, suspension , differential lock and throttle response of the engine to the advanced embedded logic.
Discovery 4 is of course made for a discoverer. It is amazingly comfortable to drive at high speeds on long drives. The safety measures have been designed to aid the spirit of discoverer. Electric Parking Brake ensures a safe stop and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) avoids jerky halts. Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), cruise control, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), 4-wheel Electronic Traction Control through, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Cornering Brake Control (CBC) and Engine Drag Torque Control (EDR) prevent vehicle from skidding or spinning and retain vehicle balance and control. The cross linked air suspension prevents jolts from ground obstacles and damage to chassis. Hill Descent Control (HDC), Roll Stability Control keeps vehicle from losing control on steep slopes. All this is in addition to standard safety features offered by most SUVs.
Even though Land Rover Discovery 4 appeals to the alpha inside you, the packed and smooth city roads give out rare opportunities for it to display its full abilities. The more economic alternatives seem a practical choice for this reason. Moreover, for customers seeking extravaganza of a car, Discovery 4 comes across as a barefaced vehicle. However, for off-road drives there is no match to the strength, endurance and guts of Discovery 4 that resonate with its driver.
While Discovery 4 saw many changes, the latest version Land Rover Discovery 4 has carried this legacy forward and improved in many aspects.
This variant has been blessed with 2993cc of diesel engine that produces impressive 180 KW of power with 600 Nm of torque. The highlighting features of Land Rover Discovery 4 HSE comprise of adaptive xenon with cornering headlamps, centre console on the front with lower cooler box, 19 inches of 10 spoke alloy wheels, anti lock braking system with brake assist, EBD, roll stability control, airbags, hill descent control, fog lamps and so on....
Land Rover Discovery 4 SE variant is a very impressive and inspiring one that has been introduced by Land Rover. The car has got all that one could expect in a luxury SUV. The 2993cc of diesel engine is utterly dynamic and produces 180 KW of power and 600 Nm of torque. The presence of 6 speed automatic gearbox with command shift, electronic air suspension, Xenon headlamps, advanced audio system, 19 inches of 7 spoke alloy wheels, dual air bags, dynamic stability control, electronic brake assist and other features, make the SUV totally worthwhile....
Land Rover is a diesel powered SUV that sheds a mileage of 7.5 kmpl. SUVs are not associated with good mileage and hence Land Rover Discovery is bad on fuel efficiency front. However, it is better than its predecessor Discovery 3. The new LR-Turbo diesel engine with an arrangement of V6 cylinders is an advanced sequential turbo diesel one that provides modish fuel efficiency.
Land Rover Discovery 4 is powered by a 3.0-Lt TDV6 Automatic Diesel engine that offers a displacement of 2993cc. It is fitted with 6-cylinders with 4 valves per cylinder and 6-speed automatic gearbox with command shift. Maximum power delivered is 180 Kw @ 4,000rpm while maximum torque is 600Nm @ 2,000rpm. Discovery 4 is more powerful and advanced than any other Land Rover vehicle.
The much rugged and tough SUV-Land Rover Discovery 4 can accelerate from 0-100 kmph in just 12.5 seconds. The 3.0 lire diesel engine is mated to an automatic 6 speed transmission with command shift which makes the SUV like a bird flying in sky. Aerodynamic features like sunroof cuts air while Discovery is in full speed and thus acceleration comes out to be great. The mighty muscle man can attain a top speed of 215 kmph.
Land Rover Discovery 4 looks too rugged and bold for smooth and mostly narrow city roads. It seems a passerby in the city headed for a longer journey rather than running in it. For that very reason it appeals to customers of sorts and may not engage large consumer base.
The new front and rear bumpers distinguish it from its predecessors. The chrome plated front grille has a vintage feel just like the plane stretched out hood engraved with Land Rover mark towards the final curve. Square shaped pocketed headlamps equipped with adaptive Xenon blend with circular fog lamps at the corner. A row of while LEDs for daytime running lights are fitted to the main front lamp unit. The windscreen is slightly steeper when compared to most SUVs and jeeps.
Wheel arches and tailgate handle are colored the same as rest of the car body. Exterior rear view mirrors have a powerfold system and memory function. There is a privacy glass to the rear of B post and a parking aid in the front and rear.
Discovery 4 is built on Land Rover’s innovative Integrated Body Frame (IBF) construction technique. It represents a monocoque design where the engine bay and passenger compartment is built as a single unit mounted on a basic ladder-frame chassis for the gearbox and suspension.
Land Rover Discover 4 extends 4838 mm in length, measures 2176 mm wide with mirrors open while 2022 mm with mirrors folded and heighted 1837 mm. Its normal wading depth is 600 mm. The wheelbase of this SUV is a good 2885 mm making it very comfortable and spacious inside.
Land Rover Discovery 4 seats seven passengers in 2/3/2 fashioned leather seats with a 5-door entry. Automatic multi functional leather steering wheel is equipped with audio control, cruise-control and Jaguar voice (where fitted) control for receiving and making calls makes all these tasks convenient while driving.
The driver has benefit of a Premium DVD navigation system that in addition to classical road map navigation has an off-road navigation and four-wheel drive information mode and personal telephone integration system with Bluetooth functionality and Volumetric Alarm System. A graphical image of the vehicle displays the amount of suspension movement, steering angle the front wheels, status of the locking differentials, current mode of Terrain Response system and gear selected on automatic versions.
Discover 4 also consists Electric sunroof, tilt/slide front glass, fixed glass roof and power rear and front windows. Occupants are kept warm by an automatic climate control and air quality control feature while separate climate control options are fitted for rear occupants and a heated front screen and heated steering wheel for front occupants. An optional heated front and seats are available. Electric adjustment for driver’s and front passenger seat with memory function for driver’s seat is available. It offers a keyless entry with power door locks and child safety locks.
The audio system consists of Harman kardon sound system with CD player, USB and iPod connectivity port, Bluetooth telephone connectivity and front touch screen. Land Rover has made sure the journey of Discovery 4 passenger is a musical delight.
Minimalistic approach to design exteriors of Land Rover Discovery 4 is thankfully not carried all the way to interiors. On the inside, the SUV offers a luxury and comfort that make you feel at ease in no time. To list a few, there’s a cooler box at lower central console, an ashtray in front with cigar lighter, cup holders for front as well as rear seats, rear reading Lamp, rear seat headrest, glove compartment, digital clock, interior mood lighting, illuminated vanity mirrors and outside temperature display.
Land Rover Discovery 4 comes with a 6 V-Longitudinal cylinder 3.0-Lt TDV6 Automatic Diesel engine. It is fitted with common-rail type 6-cylinders with 4 valves per cylinder and 6-speed automatic gearbox. Maximum power delivered is 245 PS @ 4,000rpm, maximum torque of 600Nm @ 2000 rpm and 2993cc displacement. The engine features advanced twin-sequential turbochargers where a Variable geometry turbocharger is used at low engine speeds, with a second standard turbo is brought online at higher engine speeds. An improved version of the six-speed automatic/sequential gearbox is fitted which includes taller gearing to take advantage of engines' greater torque output and an updated lock-up system to further reduce fuel consumption.
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Land Rover Discovery 4 cruise is aided by 19 inch 7-spoke alloy wheels for standard version and 19 inch 10 spoke alloy wheel for premium versions. The Rear wheel track is 1,612.5mm while the front wheel track is 1,605mm. The wheelbase is 2,885mm. It features tubeless tyres with a tubeless tire repair system. A full size spare wheel is also included.
Land Rover Discovery 4 is equipped with front and rear ventilated disc brakes and Electric Parking Brake feature. The Hill Descent Control maintains vehicle grip and speed on steep descents by applying proper brake pressure. A very efficient terrain response system arranges gear settings, throttle, suspension heights and differential lock according to the surface and makes off road driving easier for an untrained driver. A four-corner independent Air suspension with electronic cross-linking enables ride-height adjustment to increase or decrease ground clearance as per the surface. Air conditioning system features Automatic Climate Control and Air Quality Control to create a comfortable room for all occupants.
In addition, ABS, Traction Control System, Dynamic Stability Control, DVD Navigation system, Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), Cornering Brake Control (CBC) and Roll Stability Control makes driving experience pleasurable for occupants and driver.
Land Rover Discovery 4 is studded with safety features. The most acclaimed feature is the 'Terrain Response' system for which Land Rover received many accolades. Every terrain has certain driving challenges like sandy surfaces increases risk of wheelspin while rocky surface needs some wheel articulation. It makes every driver off-road expert by taking away as many of the difficulties of off road driving as possible. The driver has to select a terrain type from "Sand", "Grass, Gravel & Snow", "Mud & Ruts" and "Rock Crawl" and the system adjusts the correct gearbox settings, suspension height, differential lock settings and throttle response of the engine suitable for that terrain. With highly evolved Terrain Response system, Land Rover Discovery 4 allows the driver cut his own road through any ground. A front and rear parking aid with rear camera and memory function in exterior rear view mirrors assist in reverse driving and parking.
There are two-stage driver and front passenger airbags and side and curtain airbags. Many other safety features like Electric Parking Brake, Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), 4-wheel Electronic Traction Control, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Cornering Brake Control (CBC) and Engine Drag Torque Control (EDR), cross linked air suspension, volumetric alarm system, Roll Stability Control and Hill Descent Control (HDC) ensure occupant safety.
The most standard safety features like Central Locking, Power Door Locks, Child Safety Locks, Anti-Theft Alarm, Day & Night Rear View Mirror, Seat Belt Warning, Door Ajar Warning, Side Impact Beams, Front Impact Beams, Daytime Running Lights, Engine Immobilizer Crash Sensor, Centrally Mounted Fuel Tank and Engine Check Warning are available.
Land Rover Discovery 4 Pros :
Terrain Response system, safety features, engine performance
Land Rover Discovery 4 Cons :
|Variants||Transmission||Engine Description||Mileage||Power||AC||Power Steering||Central Locking|
4 Cylinder 8 Valve
|7.7||11.8||180kw @ 4000rpm||Standard||Standard||Standard|
4 Cylinder 8 Valve
|7.7||11.8||241.6bhp @ 4000rpm||Standard||Standard||Standard|