Land Rover has a lot to offer to its customers who want a striking appearance and style. For instance, the company has just revealed the Evoque, its new crossover. Land Rover’s 2012 model year Range Rover Sport has also received several improvements.
The Discovery 4, which is offered as the LR4 in the U.S., got some remarkable improvements, including a new ZF 8HP70, 8-speed automatic transmission on the 3.0-liter SDV6 diesel engine that had received a boost.
The diesel V8 Range Rover for 2011 was fitted with this gearbox, improving fuel economy to 8.8 liters per 100 kilometers (26.7mpg US or 32.1mpg UK) in the combined European test cycle. Its CO2 emissions level was also brought down from 244g/km to 230g/km. The Discovery 4 doesn’t have the regular stick selection.
Instead, it features the 'Drive Select' rotary gear shift and steering wheel-mounted paddle shift as standard. The 3.0-liter V6 diesel for the 2012 model year delivers 256hp (from 245hp) while peak torque is at 600Nm (443 lb-ft). This enables the vehicle to sprint from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 9.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 112 mpg (180 km/h).
Colin Green, Land Rover UK Managing Director, said that with the Discovery 4’s improved performance, lower CO2 emissions and improved design and equipment levels, the Discovery 4 will cement its reputation as the “most capable and versatile all-purpose vehicle on and off the road today.” Green added that the Discovery 4 is “quite simply in a class of its own.”
In terms of design, the updated Discovery is available with four more alloy wheel choices, three new optional equipment packages, and an improved audio and navigation systems across the range. The Vission Assist Pack comes with Xenon Adaptive Front Headlamps that include Cornering Lamps, Automatic Headlamps with High Beam Assist and the Surround Camera System with Approach Lamps, Tow Assist and Tow Hitch Assist.