The 2014 Land Rover Discovery receives a new look, new badging, an all-new petrol engine and a range of driver assistance, comfort and safety features.
The grille, front bumper and headlamps are all new, and the “Land Rover” badging on the bonnet has been replaced by “Discovery” badging. The “4” at the back of the SUV has also been removed, leaving only the “Discovery” badging. Lastly, engine badging moves from the tailgate to the front doors.
Under the bonnet, the 3.0 SDVC offering 183 kW and 600 Nm of torque, and the 3.0 TDV6 with its 155 kW of power and 520 Nm of torque remain. The normally aspirated V8 petrol engine has, however, been replaced by a more frugal and environmentally friendly supercharged V6 powerplant. It provides 250 kW of power and 450 Nm of torque.
A new and very welcome addition is an extended navigation system that incorporates Tracks4Africa’s 16 regional GPS maps of the continent. For the urban environment, the mapping software used is Nokia HERE, which gives coverage of more than 100 cities in sub-Sahara Africa.
Other additions include Wade Sensing (a technology unique to Land Rover), Blind Spot Monitoring, Closing Vehicle Sensing, Reverse Traffic Detection and T-junction cameras. These give drivers a 180-degree plus view at an intersection via the centrally positioned thin-film transistor (TFT) screen.
Wade Sensing will be offered as an optional extra exclusively on the top-flight HSE grade, enabling drivers to use the TFT screen to monitor proximity to the maximum wading depth of 700mm.
Discovery 4 pricing starts at R664 786 (TDV6 XS)