Land Rover is preparing a slight freshening of the its seven-passenger, mid-range LR4 (known outside of North America as the Discovery 4). The LR4/Disco 4 is currently the second oldest model in the Land Rover range, besides the mostly forgotten LR2/Freelander, and while it's still a competent entry, its age is beginning to show.

This refresh should allow it to soldier on until a replacement can be built, which logic would dictate is to be called LR5/Discovery 5. Until then, the current SUV gets the typical batch of headlight tweaks, along with a freshened front bumper. The side mirrors are new as well.

On the inside, we can also expect a long-awaited upgrade to the infotainment system. Jaguar and Land Rover have both struggled in this regard, so here's hoping the new system offers an improvement.

The big news for the LR4 will come under its hood. Jaguar Land Rover as a whole has already phased out the excellent but thirsty 5.0-liter V8, with the only holdover being the supercharged variant. That means the V8 LR4 is not long for this world. Look for it to be replaced by the same supercharged, 3.0-liter V6 that's offered as a base engine in the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport. As with the Jaguar XF we tested, ZF's eight-speed automatic would likely harness the V6's power.

Expect to see a refreshed LR4, likely before the end of 2013.


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      Justin Campanale
      • 1 Year Ago
      I really think Land Rover should sell a stripped down, bare bones, hardcore version of both the LR4 and the LR2 for $32 k and $25 k, respectively, to compete with the GC/Cherokee. It sounds like a fantasy, but I believe it can be done. They need to make new base engines available. They should make a 3.7 V6 out of the current V8 with 280 hp getting 16/24 mpg for the base LR4, with the 3.0 V6 diesel(260 hp) available in Europe as an option, and the 3.0 turbo (340 hp) standard on higher trim levels. For the LR2's base engine, chop the 5.0 in half for a 2.5 inline 4 with 180 hp getting 20/30, with the 2.0 Ecoboost(240 hp) from the RR Evoque standard on higher trim levels, and the 2.2 Ford Duratorq diesel(190 hp) as an option. For the base trim levels, take out all of the luxury, and bring the Rovers back to their roots. None of the soft touch BS; the original Range Rovers had interiors designed to be washed with a hose. Make all the bells and whistles and the soft touch interiors available on higher trim levels. Land Rover needs to do this if they want to increase their sales in the US. Although we might be out of our recession, most of us still can't afford $45 k for an Evoque. There are many people out there who would buy Land Rover s over Jeeps, but can't justify them because of the high cost; Land Rover can't afford to ignore those potential customers. Besides, it will prepare Land Rover for selling the Defender over here. No one, and I repeat, NO ONE will buy the Defender if it is a $50k luxo-barge mommy-mobile; it needs to be priced solidly in Wrangler territory. In order to do that, LR first needs to start selling cheaper, bare bones versions to prove it can simultaneously sell luxury SUVs and cheap 4x4s.
      Master Austin
      • 1 Year Ago
      About time they got rid of the old Explorer 4.0L V6 (reliable but not Jaguar proper) Now it has a proper Jaguar engine.
      herrstreet
      • 1 Year Ago
      I loved the previous model because it looked like a damn SUV. I know that crossovers are practical and what not but Land Rover needs to make simple, honest, unstoppable off roaders that are tall, with simple construction, tons of utility and can drive up trees and through rivers. I hope this car goes back to it's roots and as far from Victoria Beckham as humanly possible. Porsche will lose it's cache if it stops making the 911 and the Cayman and so, too will Land Rover if it doesn't make cars like this and the Disco. Screw pretty, make a monster out of it.
      joejoe509
      • 1 Year Ago
      Still just a whole lotta blah.
      tenspeeder
      • 1 Year Ago
      I was hoping they would get rid of the 1980s taillights and put something more LR modern there. Nope.
      Ads the maori
      • 1 Year Ago
      WHY???? WOULD YOU????? Them stickers on the lights got me really guessing?!?!? Im pickin guys.... its gonna look like a landdrover
      racerx71188
      • 1 Year Ago
      No I am highly disappointed to see the 5 liter V8 go. The 4.0 V6 was vanquished in 2010 when the new LR4 replaced the LR3. I drove the 5.0 V8 and loved it. I definitley would not buy the vehicle, which I am plannign to this year, if they get rid of the V8. That was its appeal to me, o yeah and the boxy looks. Its the most classic Land Rover Product they have other than the Defender.
      Shiftright
      • 1 Year Ago
      I surely hope the hypno-toad headlights are an option. "YOU WILL LET ME PASS;I SHALL NOT PAY TOLLS; I WAS NOT SPEEDING"
      Tstag
      • 1 Year Ago
      The LR2 isn't a mostly forgotten SUV outside of the US it's actually a very popular model.
      Adrian Niculescu
      • 1 Year Ago
      Only problem with the information in this article is that the current Disco4 ALREADY HAS the new jag/LR infotainment sistem and the ZF transmission on the 3.0D
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