2014 Land Rover Discovery

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The fourth-generation Land Rover Discovery — known as the LR4 in the U.S. — was launched in 2009 and since then, it’s remained relatively unchanged. That’s all about to change, as for the 2014 model year the SUV receives a revised exterior look and more importantly, the old gas-burning V-8 engine gets the old heave-ho in favor of the new, 3.0-liter V-6 engine that is more fuel-efficient and delivers nearly the same performance figures.

For the 2014 model year, the Discovery receives a new front fascia that includes new, headlights, "Discovery" badges and bumper. Land Rover continues to offer the Black Design Pack, which updates the exterior look even further and adds new 20-inch alloy wheels.

The new Land Rover Discovery will be unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show and will roll into dealerships in mid-November.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Land Rover Discovery.

Exterior

Land Rover Discovery

For the 2014 model year, the new Discovery received a new front fascia featuring a new grille and bumper, new headlights design and new daytime running lights with a distinctive LED signature.

What’s even more important is that the model features new "Discovery" badges. The Land Rover name on the hood is now replaced with the "Discovery" name, while engine badges: ’SCV6,’ ’SDV6’ or ’TDV6’ move from the tailgate to an ingot mounted on each of the front doors.

Interior

Land Rover Discovery

Land Rover announced no major updates on the interior, except the addition of the new Meridian premium audio system that features eight speakers and 380 watts of power.

Standard technologies include:

  • Wade Sensing (a technology unique to Land Rover)
  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Closing Vehicle Sensing
  • Reverse Traffic Detection
  • T-junction Cameras.

Drivetrain

Land Rover Discovery

The 2014 Discovery is offered with a 3.0-liter V-6 gasoline engine with a total output of 335 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 331 pound-feet of torque delivered between 3,500 and 5,000 rpm. This engine replaces the 5.0-liter V-8 engine that delivered a total of 375 horsepower.

This output is enough to sprint the model from 0 to 62 mph in just 7.7 seconds and up to a top speed of 121 mph, while delivering a combined fuel economy of 20 mpg.

Diesel fans get a choice of two engines: a 3.0-liter SDV6 with an output of 252 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque or a 3.0-liter TDV6 with 208 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. These engines can hit 62 mph in 9.3 and 10.7 seconds, respectively.

For the 2014 model year, customers can also opt for the two four-wheel drive systems with the new single-speed transfer box or the carryover twin-speed transfer box which offers high and low range for the most demanding off-road conditions.

Engine type3.0L SCV6 Gasoline3.0L SDV6 Diesel3.0L TDV6 Diesel
Horsepower @ RPM335 @ 6500252 @ 4000208 @ 4000
Torque331 @ 3,500 - 5,000442 @ 2000384 @ 2000
0-62 mph (0-100km/h) secs7.79.310.7
Max speed mph (km/h)121 (195)112 (180)112 (180)
CO2 g/km328213224
Combined mpg20.035.333.2

Prices

The 2014 Land Rover Discovery will be put on sale in mid-November. Prices will be announced at a later date.

Competition

2013 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

Mercedes-Benz ML-Class

On the British market, the M-Class is offered in a choice of two models. The base model is the ML 250 BlueTEC, which is powered by a 2,143 cc four-cylinder engine with an output of 204 horsepower and 500 Nm (369 pound-feet) of torque between 1,600 and 1,800 rpm. The more powerful ML 350 BlueTEC gets a V-6 engine with an output of 258 horsepower at 3,600 rpm and 620 Nm (457 pound-feet) of torque between 1,600 and 2,400 rpm.

The ML 250 check in with a £44,340 (about $70k at the current exchange rates) and accelerates to 62 mph in 9 seconds. The ML 350 BlueTEC bases out at £47,460 ($73,860) and hits 62 mph in 7.4 seconds.

BMW X5

BMW X5

The British version of the X5 is offered in five different engine configurations: xDrive30d, xDrive30d M Sport, xDrive50i SE, xDrive50i M Sport and M50d. The 30d models produce 258 horsepower, the 50i models produce 450 horsepower and the M50d model produces 381 horsepower.

The X5 ranges from £47,895 (about $75k) to £63,920 (about $99,500).

Conclusion

With all the updates received for the 2014 model year, Land Rover Discovery wants to remain fresh on the market until a final decision will be made on a new generation. With a new V-6 engine replacing the previous V-8 one, the model became even more efficient.

LOVE IT
  • More efficient engine
  • Updated look
  • Good list of standard features
LEAVE IT
  • Not as powerful as the current model
  • Still looks dated

Press Release

Land Rover announces the upgraded 2014 Discovery. The multi-award winning vehicle gets a new look, new badging, new V6 petrol engine, new fuel stretching technology, new single-speed drivetrain, improved audio systems and a new range of driver assistance, comfort and safety features to broaden its appeal even further. The core attributes are carried over into the 2014 models which will be available to order now with deliveries from mid-November.

Land Rover Discovery

"The hugely popular Discovery continues to move from strength to strength and the addition of the new 3.0 S/C petrol engine to the 2014 range underpins our commitment to delivering power with sustainability. As one of the world’s most stylish, capable and versatile SUVs, the Discovery is the perfect vehicle for people who enjoy living an active lifestyle to the full," said Land Rover Global Brand Director, John Edwards.

For 2014, Discovery has been given a new ’face’ and numerous detail exterior changes. A new front grille, new front bumper, new headlamp design, new daytime running lights with a distinctive LED signature, plus two new alloy wheel designs, further enhance the Discovery’s appearance. To give vehicles a heightened level of distinction, the optional ’Black Design Pack’ remains available for 2014 models, with revised detailing, plus 19-inch and 20-inch black alloy wheels.

New ’Discovery’ badging

In recognition of the Discovery’s established identity, the refreshed exterior design for 2014 also incorporates a change of identity for the vehicle in many markets. For the first time ever, the name ’Discovery’ name replaces ’Land Rover’ on the bonnet and the number 4 will be removed from the tailgate leaving just the word ’Discovery.’

Land Rover Discovery

Engine badging moves from the tailgate to an ingot mounted on each of the front doors. This side badging will reflect the engine type and appear as either, ’SCV6,’ ’SDV6’ or ’TDV6’ in markets where the lower-power diesel engine is offered. In the USA and the Middle East the vehicle’s badging will remain as previous models.

Highly efficient petrol V6 replaces V8

Underlining Land Rover’s commitment to power with sustainability, the 5-litre V8 petrol engine is replaced with the highly efficient 3.0 V6 S/C and fuel-stretching Intelligent Stop-Start technology is introduced on all petrol and diesel engines in a number of key markets. All models are equipped with an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.

The new V6 generates 340PS and torque of 450Nm to deliver acceleration from 0-6mph in 7.7 seconds and a top speed 121mph. Thanks to the new unit’s enhanced efficiency and the fitting of Intelligent Stop-Start, the 2014 Discovery with this engine produces just 269g/km of CO2.

In markets where diesel is popular, the 2014 Discovery will be available with two ’carry-over’ 3-litre engines - the 211PS 3.0 TDV6 and the class-leading 256PS 3.0 SDV6 - with CO2 emissions reduced to 207g/km and 213g/km, and fuel consumption improved to 36.2mpg (combined cycle) and 35.3mpg for the SDV6.

New optional single-speed transfer box

For 2014 models, buyers will be offered a choice of two four-wheel drive systems with the new single-speed transfer box or the carry-over twin-speed transfer box which offers high and low range for the most demanding off-road conditions.

The single-speed transfer box acknowledges that some customers do not need to fully exploit the Discovery’s off-road capabilities. Mechanically controlled, it weighs 18kg less than the two-speed box, features a Torsen differential and provides a 42/58 percent front-rear torque split.

Land Rover Discovery

New driver aids and premium audio

The new range of driver assistance, comfort and safety features for the 2014 Discovery include: Wade Sensing (a technology unique to Land Rover), Blind Spot Monitoring, Closing Vehicle Sensing, Reverse Traffic Detection and T-junction Cameras.

To align the 2014 Discovery with other Range Rover vehicles, it will be available with Meridian premium audio. The standard system features 8 speakers and 380 Watts of power, while the Meridian Surround system produces an impressive 825 Watts output and features 17 speakers.


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