With the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport having recently been replaced, and the Evoque getting a series of updates, the LR4 (or Discovery as it's known overseas) soldiers on alongside the LR2 Freelander and Defender) as one of the older models in the Land Rover lineup. But the British marque has now announced a series of minor upgrades - previewed by the spy shots we brought you in July - that seek to keep the LR4 at the top of its game.

The updates consists primarily of a subtle facelift and some new tech. Up front you'll find a new grille, bumper, headlights and daytime running lights. There are also new wheel designs available, of course, but the badging updates - including "Discovery" lettering replacing the "Land Rover" on the nose - won't be making the transatlantic voyage since the model goes by an alphanumeric designation here.

Land Rover has also integrated some of the electronics developed for the new Range Rovers, including the depth sounder and various traffic monitoring systems. There's also a new Meridian audio system available, and Land Rover has integrated its stop/start system and eight-speed automatic transmission across the range. Details have only been announced at this point for the UK market, where the revised model will begin delivery in November, but expect the changes to hit US showrooms shortly thereafter. In the meantime we'll anticipate scoping out the changes at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week.
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FRESH DESIGN, IMPROVED ECONOMY AND NEW FEATURES FOR 2014 DISCOVERY

- Exterior refresh with distinctive new face and new 'Discovery' badging
- Intelligent Stop-Start improves fuel economy and reduces emissions
- Upgraded models available to order now with UK deliveries from mid-November.

Whitley, 3rd September 2013. Land Rover announces upgrades to the multi-award winning 2014 Discovery. The 2014 Discovery receives a new look, new badging, new fuel stretching technology, 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 improvements in fuel economy and emissions 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 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 sidebadging will reflect the engine type and appear as 'SDV6' in the UK market. In the USA and the Middle East the vehicle's badging will remain as previous models.

Improvements in fuel efficiency

Underlining Land Rover's commitment to power with sustainability, the 2014 Discovery will continue to be available with the class-leading 256PS 3.0 SDV6 – with CO2 emissions reduced from 230g/km to 213g/km, and fuel consumption improved to 35.3mpg. All models are equipped with an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.

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

2014 Land Rover Discovery (UK) 3.0L V6 Diesel (UK/Euro)
Engine type 3.0L SDV6 Diesel
Power PS/rpm 256PS@4000
Torque Nm/rpm 600@2000
0-60mph secs 8.8
Max speed mph (km/h) 112 (180)
CO2 g/km 213
Combined mpg (L/100k) 35.3 (8.0)
Kerb weight kg 2570


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      Jonathan
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wish they'd change the name back to Discovery in America
      benjamin_braddock
      • 1 Year Ago
      The lights and grille upgrade looks good, especially with the new turn signal lights in the side mirrors. It appears Land Rover have updated the rear lights too, but you haven't released any proper photographs of them. I'm sure the model will looks far better in black or silver, than the blue. Dislike the 'DISCOVERY' on the front, it really should read 'LAND ROVER' in all markets.
      RGT881
      • 1 Year Ago
      It is beyond me as to why JLR chooses to proceed with the farce of different names between ROW and USDM. I understand it between a Fusion/Mondeo where these a volume cars and both names have a huge history between them on both sides of the Atlantic. However, to engage in this silly marketing tactic on a premium product is simply inexcusable. I understand that Range Rover is trying to simply things and avoid something like, "I purchased a Range Rover Land Rover Discovery" Okay, but above all else the difference between Discovery/LR4 name takes away the prestige, the confidence, the value and respect from the brand. Apple should start calling its iPhone 5 as AP5 in European market. Why are marketing people so daft in the automotive industry is puzzling to me.
      Adrian Elliot
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oy, again with the "me too" LED strips
      Greg
      • 1 Year Ago
      Will it be called the Land Rover Discovery worldwide now? There were rumors that the Discovery 5 would get rid of the LR nonsense.
      pickles
      • 1 Year Ago
      LR/RR sure isn't scared of a massively over-designed froo-froo grille are they? I was studying an Evoke yesterday and that grille just reminds me of 1970's American grilles. Design over function. The new one from LR is just as fussy.
      BlackDog
      • 1 Year Ago
      Better bring Diesel engine to American. (^_^)
      thomas.leopard
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not a bad looking SUV, but it still looks a lot like it did back in 2004 when it first came out.
      Corner49
      • 1 Year Ago
      I usually hate when people play the "it looks like a...." game, but I'd have trouble spending this much on a vehicle that could be mistaken for a Ford flex from the front. And I say this as someone who has always had a soft spot for the little discovery/lr4.
      Jonathan
      • 1 Year Ago
      For years, I have wondered why it didn't say, "Discovery" on the hood, and now it does. I am happy. I just wish they would name it, "Discovery" in the US. LR4 makes no sense. Besides, what will they call the next LR2? They can't name it the LR3, that's already a thing. Give us back "word" names, Land Rover.
        Greg
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jonathan
        About 2 years ago Land Rover announced that they were planning on calling the next Freelander simply Freelander worldwide since it wouldn't make sense calling the Freelander 3 the LR3. The time may have come where we will have Land Rovers in the USA with proper names again. It will be nice to see Land Rover Freelander 3 and Land Rover Discovery 4 on the streets instead of generic luxury marque LR names as if they're Lincoln or Cadillac.
      Lucky Stars
      • 1 Year Ago
      I use to own a 2007 range rover sport. My tastes of changes since I moved overseas. I now like small cars. To me the Evoque ( I hate the name) is the best Land Rover) I think it has the best looks of any cuv, suv at any price. I also prefer the look of the pure model. No dual color roof, no bling 20 inch wheels. I actually prefer the 18 inch wheels sold outside of the Usa. You get honest looks in the pure but looks that look well above its price range. Actual offroad ability, 9 speed auto all for 43,000 base with everything you need in that base package. I do like the Land Rover defender as well.
      brgtlm
      • 1 Year Ago
      With the new RR's out, this is looking to be the dowdy sister that nobody will want to shell out big bucks for.
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