The updated Land Rover Discovery 4 comes with a number of improvements over the current model, from the CO2 emissions to an increase in power. The Land Rover Discovery 4 has won 36 awards since its launch in 2009 and this latest model will no doubt continue this tradition.
The entry level engine option for the Discovery 4 is a 211PS 3.0 litre LR-TDV6 diesel which has been improved to further reduce its CO2 emissions from 244g/km to 224g/km. This is due to a low-fuel injection system and a new 8-speed automatic transmission. The new Discovery 4 also comes equipped with a rotary gear shift selector and EU5 models come with a diesel particulate filter (DPF), making them some of the cleanest diesel engines available.
All of the 3.0 litre diesel engine options come with the same parallel sequential turbo-charging system, with maximum torque available from only 2 000rpm. Interestingly, when the parallel sequential turbo-charging system was introduced in 2010, it was the first of its kind to be fitted to a V-engine. Another impressive stat is that the 3.0 litre diesel can deliver 500Nm in only 500 milliseconds from idle.
The suspension system of the 2012 Discovery 4 has also been substantially revised, with changes to the roll centres, anti roll bars, suspension knuckles, damper brushes and the addition of a variable ratio steering rack, which improves stability at high speeds as well as improves sensitivity at acute steering angles. The brakes have also been improved and comprise of twin-piston sliding calipers with 360mm ventilated discs at the front and a single piston with 350mm ventilated discs at the rear. Lastly the understeer control system has also been revised.
The 2012 Land Rover Discovery 4 comes with a host of other minor changes and improvements which make for a particularly impressive vehicle. Look for the new Discovery 4 piloted by a 4×4 enthusiast near you soon!