Jaguar Land Rover has flooded the Indian automobile market with its latest SUV models. The company also rolled out one of the most fascinating vehicles Land Rover Discovery 4 in two trim levels with 3.0-litre diesel engine under the hood. The Land Rover Discovery 4 SDV6 HSE is the top end variant and it is blessed with technically sophisticated aspects. It comes with features such as Terrain Response system, cruise control system, electric sun roof, automatic xenon adaptive front headlamps, heated front and rear seats are just to name a few. This latest version comes with a refreshed front facade that can steal the attention in the first impression. The company has not made changes to its overall body structure as the updates are purely limited to exterior cosmetics. The company has restructured the headlight cluster and incorporated the signature LED daytime running lights. Powering this particular model is the SDV6, 3.0-litre diesel power plant that has been retained from the outgoing model.
The 2014 version of this SUV comes with minor cosmetic updates. The company has updated the front profile of this vehicle, while retaining the side and rear profiles. On the front facade, this model comes with a redesigned headlight cluster incorporated with signature LED daytime running lamps that dazzles the frontage. In addition to this, the size of the front radiator grille has been increased that gives a pronounced look to the frontage. These are the only changes you can notice with this latest version. The manufacturer has retained the body panel of this SUV without any changes to its dimensions. It comes with a total length of about 4838mm and with an overall width of about 2200mm (including ORVMs). The height of this SUV is calculated at about 1837mm, while the ground clearance is measured at 240mm. On the other hand, this particular model comes with a large wheelbase of 2885m, which is rather good. At present the manufacturer is offering this latest version in a total of fifteen exterior pain options for the customers to choose from. Some of which includes a Santorini Black shade, an Orkney Grey color, Firenze Red paint , Barolo Black and several other striking body paints.
The interiors of the new trim remains to be the same as the outgoing model. The company has blessed its cabin with Veneer and Meteor color scheme, which gives a unique look to the interiors. There is an extensive use of high quality scratch resistance materials along with premium leather that helped the manufacturer to give a premium look to the interiors. The dashboard in the cockpit has a classy design and it comes with a sleek central console. There are lot of advanced equipments installed inside the cabin such as a proficient air conditioning system, a sophisticated infotainment system, interior lighting system, an instrumentation panel and several other such aspects. For the convenience of the passengers, the company has equipped a number of utility features such as storage compartment, cup holders, cooled glove box unit, accessory power socket , premium floor carpets, and so on. The space inside the cabin is very good, thanks to the large wheel base of 2885mm.
Engine and Performance:
The company has equipped this top end variant with an advanced 3.0-litre, SDV6 diesel power plant with a displacement capacity of about 2993cc displacement capacity . This engine comprises of 6-cylinders, 24-valves and an inter-cooled turbocharger that allows it to produce a maximum power output of 244.6Bhp, while generating 600Nm of peak torque at just 2000rpm. The manufacturer has skilfully coupled this commanding engine with a sophisticated 8-speed automatic transmission gearbox that sends the power to all the four wheels via a 4WD layout. This luxury SUV has the ability to give away a maximum mileage of about 10.2 Kmpl, which is fairly decent. The company claims that this variant can reach up to a maximum speed of about 180 Kmph, while reaching the 100 Kmph mark in just 9.8 seconds, which is quite good.
Braking and Handling:
This sophisticated sports utility vehicle comes equipped with sophisticated braking system that reinforces the overall controlling aspects of the vehicle. The front and rear wheels of this SUV have been fitted with a sturdy set of ventilated disc brakes accompanied by high performance brake calipers. This proficient disc braking mechanism gets the assistance from the ABS with emergency brake assist function. Apart from this, the company also incorporated an electronic traction control system that reduces the loss of traction and improves the stability.
The Land Rover Discovery 4 SDV6 HSE is the top end trim available in its model portfolio and it is equipped top rated comfort features. The company has fitted the cabin with luxurious seats, which comes with heating and electrically adjusting function and memory settings. This particular trim is being incorporated with a set of attractive features such as an advanced AC unit with automatic climate function, power windows with one touch operation, a highly responsive power steering system with tilt and telescopic function, an IRVM with auto dipping function, interior mood lighting system, glove box unit, storage compartment, cup holders, and several other exciting features. The manufacturer is also offering features such as key less entry, rear view camera, front and rear parking aid, rain sensing windscreen wipers and numerous other features. Apart from these, this particular trim also comes with a Meridian audio system (380W) along with Bluetooth phone connectivity, and supports USB and iPod connectivity port.
The company has not compromised on the safety and security aspects of these SUV models. This top end trim comes equipped with sophisticated features such as a center electronic locking differential system, a Volumetric alarm, roll stability control, hill start assist, anti-lock braking system, electric parking brake, air bags , emergency brake assist and many other advanced functions. In addition to these, the company has also equipped this particular trim with an electronic traction control program along with a dynamic stability control system.
Pros: Luxurious interiors, excellent driving quality.
Cons: Not an affordable price tag, Very high cost of ownership, poor fuel efficiency.