UK Market gets to see what 2014 brings for the Land Rover Discovery 4

 

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My comments before the real PR below – I like what they did with the exterior updates on the 2014 Discovery.  It’s little details and tweaks that really push the Discovery (LR4) forward.  And Land Rover is doing a great job in pushing the latest tech across their entire updated vehicle line.  It’s a real win for any Land Rover consumer, here’s a quote from below:

“To align the 2014 Discovery with other Range Rover vehicles…”  They actually call out the Range Rover like that, it’s good for the Land Rover buyer.

Only complaint is the single-speed gearbox now offered, I get why I just don’t like it.

The DISCOVERY hood badging is a nice addition, I wonder if this points to a possible rename in the US market back to Discovery, I guess we’ll find out soon…

On to the official text:

FRESH DESIGN, IMPROVED ECONOMY AND NEW FEATURES

FOR 2014 DISCOVERY

· Exterior refresh with distinctive new face and new ‘Discovery’ badging

· New highly efficient 340PS 3.0 V6 S/C petrol engine replaces 5.0 V8

· Intelligent Stop-Start improves fuel economy and reduces emissions

· New optional single-speed transfer box for revised four-wheel drive powertrain

· Eight-speed ZF automatic transmission for all models

· Upgraded models available to order now with deliveries from mid-November (UK.)

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Frankfurt, [TBA] 2013. Land Rover announces the upgraded 2014 Discovery. The multi-award winning vehicle gets a new look, new badging, new V6 petrol engine, new fuel stretching technology, new single-speed drivetrain, improved audio systems and a new range of driver assistance, comfort and safety features to broaden its appeal even further. The core attributes are carried over into the 2014 models which will be available to order now with deliveries from mid-November.

“The hugely popular Discovery continues to move from strength to strength and the addition of the new 3.0 S/C petrol engine to the 2014 range underpins our commitment to delivering power with sustainability. As one of the world’s most stylish, capable and versatile SUVs, the Discovery is the perfect vehicle for people who enjoy living an active lifestyle to the full,” said Land Rover Global Brand Director, John Edwards.

For 2014, Discovery has been given a new ‘face’ and numerous detail exterior changes. A new front grille, new front bumper, new headlamp design, new daytime running lights with a distinctive LED signature, plus two new alloy wheel designs, further enhance the Discovery’s appearance. To give vehicles a heightened level of distinction, the optional ‘Black Design Pack’ remains available for 2014 models, with revised detailing, plus 19-inch and 20-inch black alloy wheels.

New ‘Discovery’ badging

In recognition of the Discovery’s established identity, the refreshed exterior design for 2014 also incorporates a change of identity for the vehicle in many markets. For the first time ever, the name ‘Discovery’ name replaces ‘Land Rover’ on the bonnet and the number 4 will be removed from the tailgate leaving just the word ‘Discovery.’

Engine badging moves from the tailgate to an ingot mounted on each of the front doors. This side badging will reflect the engine type and appear as either, ‘SCV6,’ ‘SDV6’ or ‘TDV6’ in markets where the lower-power diesel engine is offered. In the USA and the Middle East the vehicle’s badging will remain as previous models.

Highly efficient petrol V6 replaces V8

Underlining Land Rover’s commitment to power with sustainability, the 5-litre V8 petrol engine is replaced with the highly efficient 3.0 V6 S/C and fuel-stretching Intelligent Stop-Start technology is introduced on all petrol and diesel engines in a number of key markets. All models are equipped with an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.

The new V6 generates 340PS and torque of 450Nm to deliver acceleration from 0-6mph in 7.7 seconds and a top speed 121mph. Thanks to the new unit’s enhanced efficiency and the fitting of Intelligent Stop-Start, the 2014 Discovery with this engine produces just 269g/km of CO2.

In markets where diesel is popular, the 2014 Discovery will be available with two ‘carry-over’ 3-litre engines – the 211PS 3.0 TDV6 and the class-leading 256PS 3.0 SDV6 – with CO2 emissions reduced to 207g/km and 213g/km, and fuel consumption improved to 36.2mpg (combined cycle) and 35.3mpg for the SDV6.

New optional single-speed transfer box

For 2014 models, buyers will be offered a choice of two four-wheel drive systems with the new single-speed transfer box or the carry-over twin-speed transfer box which offers high and low range for the most demanding off-road conditions.

The single-speed transfer box acknowledges that some customers do not need to fully exploit the Discovery’s off-road capabilities. Mechanically controlled, it weighs 18kg less than the two-speed box, features a Torsen differential and provides a 42/58 percent front-rear torque split.

New driver aids and premium audio

The new range of driver assistance, comfort and safety features for the 2014 Discovery include: Wade Sensing (a technology unique to Land Rover), Blind Spot Monitoring, Closing Vehicle Sensing, Reverse Traffic Detection and T-junction Cameras.

To align the 2014 Discovery with other Range Rover vehicles, it will be available with Meridian premium audio. The standard system features 8 speakers and 380 Watts of power, while the Meridian Surround system produces an impressive 825 Watts output and features 17 speakers.

Technical Specifications

3.0L V6 Diesel

(UK/Euro)

3.0L V6 S/C Petrol (Euro)

3.0L V6 S/C Petrol (US)

Engine type

3.0L SDV6

Diesel

3.0L SCV6

Petrol

3.0L SCV6

Petrol

Power PS/rpm

256PS@4000

340PS@6500

340PS@6500

Torque Nm/rpm

600@2000

450@3500-5000

450@3500-5000

0-62mph (0-100km/h) secs

9.3

8.1

8.1

Max speed mph (km/h)

112 (180)

121 (195)

121 (195)

CO2 g/km

213

269

328*

Combined mpg (L/100k)

35.3 (8.0)

24.6 (11.5)

20.0* (14.1)*

Kerb weight kg

2570

2565

2565

* Provisional Numbers

  • >>Only complaint is the single-speed gearbox now offered, I get why I just don’t like it.

    It is clear from the press release and other coverage that the single-speed gearbox is an option that allows for a little bit less weight and presumably lower cost for capability that some may not need. This appears to be the same option as with the all-new Range Rover Sport.

    >> In the USA and the Middle East the vehicle’s badging will remain as previous models.

    The way this statement appeared in the paragraph talking about engine spec badges makes you wonder if they are talking about engine badges or all badges (including the new Discovery badging).

    Finally, the Autoweek report
    http://www.autoweek.com/article/20130903/CARNEWS/130909977
    indicated the new V6 engine will make 335 hp with forced induction, along with 331 lb-ft of torque. Top speed is limited to 121 mph while the 0-62 mph sprint will take a respectable—for an SUV—8.1 seconds. Curb weight is a hefty 5,655 pounds.
    The HP and torque in the AW story are reported in in different units than in the table above but the 0-62 times and top speed are the same.