At the top of the list is the new ZF 8HP70, 8-speed automatic transmission, improving efficiency and helping reduce CO2 emissions on the 3.0 SDV6 diesel from a competitive 244g/km to an outstanding 230g/km. In conjunction with the new transmission, the Discovery 4 is now equipped with the ‘Drive Select’ rotary gear shift and steering wheel-mounted paddle shift. Despite the reduction in CO2 emissions, Land Rover engineers have managed to increase the power from 242bhp to 253bhp for phenomenal performance. The 3.0 SDV6 comes equipped with a diesel particulate filter (DPF), making it among the cleanest diesel engines on the market.
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 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 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 Colin Green, Land Rover UK Managing Director.
The 2012 Model Year Discovery 4 is available in the UK from £37,995 on the road from October.