2014 Land Rover LR4

Despite being one of Land Rover's biggest volume models, the LR4/Discovery has had to sit idly by while its brethren received all manner of attention, including all-new generations and major updates. Well, Land Rover is finally lavishing some attention on its three-row breadwinner, which is making its debut at here at the Frankfurt Motor Show. As is the way with such things, the most noticeable updates are cosmetic, with a new front end – headlamps, grille and fascia – bringing the model more in-line with the rest of today's Land Rover lineup. Inside, the cabin has been freshened with a new Meridian audio system along with new safety technologies like blind spot monitoring, reverse traffic detection and Wade Sensing for all your fording needs.

While we don't yet have word on what engines will power the North American LR4, in Europe, the 5.0-liter V8 has given way to the company's 3.0-liter supercharged V6 with start-stop paired with ZF's ubiquitous eight-speed automatic. So-equipped, the 335-horsepower, 332-pound-feet engine hits 60 mph in 7.7 seconds en-route to a top speed of 121 mph. A pair of diesels will also continue to be available in certain markets, but no such engine has been confirmed for North America.

Interestingly, for 2014, Land Rover will also offer the model with a second four-wheel drive system. The capable two-speed transfer case system carries over, and there's a new single-speed box that "acknowledges that some customers do not need to fully exploit the Discovery's off-road capabilities." The single-speed box relies on a Torsen limited-slip unit and has a default 42/58-percent front-to-rear torque split. It weighs about 40 pounds less than the two-speed box.

For more details on the 2014 LR4, check out our gallery above and our press release below.
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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.)

Frankfurt, 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.