2014 Land Rover Discovery Facelift makes official debut in Frankfurt [Live Photos]

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 12, 2013

Land Rover makes sure that the 2014 Discovery will be more appealing by giving it several upgrades, which include a new appearance and badging, a new V6 petrol engine, new fuel stretching technology, new single-speed drivetrain, better audio systems and a new range of driver assistance, comfort and safety features.

The core attributes of this vehicle, which has received numerous awards, will continue to be seen in the 2014 models. Land Rover has started to take orders for this vehicle. Deliveries will begin sometime in the middle of November. The Discovery’s identity is already established but Land Rover gave the 2014 model a refreshed exterior design and also incorporates a change of identity for the vehicle in numerous markets.

The new model marks the first time for the name 'Discovery' to replace 'Land Rover' on the bonnet. The number 4 will be removed from the tailgate to leave only the word 'Discovery.' The engine badging is transferred from the tailgate to an ingot installed on each of the front doors.

On the side badging, we’ll see the engine type. It will indicate as either, 'SCV6,' 'SDV6' or 'TDV6' in markets where the lower-power diesel engine is available. The badging of the vehicle in the U.S. and the Middle East will be unchanged. As proof of how Land Rover is committed to power with sustainability, the 5-litre V8 petrol engine is replaced with the very efficient 3.0 V6 S/C and fuel-stretching Intelligent Stop-Start technology is introduced on all petrol and diesel engines in several major markets.

All of the models feature an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. The new V6 delivers 340PS and torque of 450Nm to enable the vehicle to accelerate from zero to 60mph in 7.7 seconds and continue on to hit a top speed 121mph.

Because of the new unit's improved efficiency and the fitting of Intelligent Stop-Start, the 2014 Discovery with this engine emits only 269g/km of CO2. Land Rover said that in countries that like diesel-powered vehicles, the 2014 Discovery will be offered with two 'carry-over' 3-litre engines. These are the 211PS 3.0 TDV6 and the top-of-the-class 256PS 3.0 SDV6. Its CO2 emissions figure has been lowered to 207g/km and 213g/km. Meanwhile, its fuel consumption has been improved to 36.2mpg (combined cycle) and 35.3mpg for the SDV6.

The 2014 models will be available with two four-wheel drive systems with the new single-speed transfer box or the carry-over twin-speed transfer box, offering high and low range for the toughest off-road conditions.

The single-speed transfer box is indicative of the automaker’s belief that there are customers that don’t have to fully exploit the Discovery's off-road capabilities. When mechanically controlled, its weight is 18kg lower than the two-speed box. It also comes with a Torsen differential and provides a 42/58% front-rear torque split. [source: Land Rover]

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