2012 Land Rover Discovery 4 (LR4): official details, photos and specs

Article by Christian Andrei, on July 12, 2011

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.

Press Release

The New 2012 Model Year Discovery 4

New Features For 2012 Ensure The Discovery 4 Remains Crowned The World's Most Capable All-Purpose Vehicle.

The outstanding 211PS 3.0 LR-TDV6 diesel remains the entry level choice for Discovery 4 customers in European markets conforming to EU5 emissions regulations. For 2012, the engine has been further improved with a reduction in CO2 emissions from 244g/km to 224g/km thanks to a low-flow fuel injection system and a new, highly efficient, ZF 8HP70, 8-speed automatic transmission.

This new 8-speed transmission benefits the high powered 3.0 LR-SDV6 with an increase in power output from 245PS to 256PS and helps drive down CO2 emissions from 244g/km to 230g/km.
In conjunction with the new transmission, the Discovery 4 is now equipped with the rotary gear shift selector and steering wheel-mounted paddle shift. All EU5 models are equipped with a diesel particulate filter (DPF), making them among the cleanest diesel engines on the market.

European markets and countries still conforming to EU4 regulations, will receive the existing 245PS version of the LR-SDV6 3.0, equipped with the ultra-refined 6-speed automatic transmission with command shift.

In addition to the driveline improvements, the Discovery 4's design and equipment levels have been given a makeover too. There are two new alloy wheel designs, three new option packs and improved audio and navigation systems based on the latest MOST Gen 2.1 electrical architecture. The entry-level audio system has now been upgraded with a colour screen replacing the previous black and white unit and available with Bluetooth, DAB and USB/iPod connectivity. Also for the first time, the audio system is available with a non-navigation touch-screen. The new GEN 2.1 provides enhancements to the Premium Harmon Kardon LOGIC 7 system with an astonishing 825W of power through a 17-speaker system whilst the new 'Say What You See' voice command on premium systems allows the driver to use spoken shortcut commands.

"Improved performance, lower CO2 emissions and enhanced design and equipment levels, consolidate the Discovery 4's position as the most capable and versatile all-purpose vehicle on and off the road today. The Discovery 4 is quite simply in a class of its own,"said John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director.

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