NASA may have decommissioned the Discovery, but Land Rover has recently pulled out all the stops for their new model. Known simply as the “LR4” in the US, it has a new drivetrain and styling refresh for 2014. With an eye on aerodynamics, many changes have been made to smooth some of the abrupt angles. While a subtle restyling helps efficiencies, a completely new powertrain has made the Discovery more appealing on any terrain.
Power comes from a 3.0L V6 that can be found in various other Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles. The lightweight aluminum is topped by a supercharger to offer power when needed and efficiency when cruising. Torque and horsepower are close at 340 lb-ft and 332 hp, making LR4 a jack of all trades. An eight-speed automatic transmission offers several overdrives to keep the engine idling on the highway. The only disadvantage of this new combination is the supercharger demanding the use of premium fuel.
On the road, the LR4 is very comfy. The robust construction of the unibody combined with air suspension makes for a smooth ride. Using our imaginations, we transformed an open field of tall grass into a rugged savanna dotted by sand blows and deep water obstacles. After a little off-road fun, we called on the Terrain Response system for an evasive exit.
With the Evoque being the hot new model, the LR4 had to evolve. Having more accoutrements and an aristocratic visage, the LR4 carries a price of $68,375, or a few thousand cheaper than the base model Range Sport. If the Evoque is too modern and the Range too pricey, the LR4 remains the stalwart answer.
(Image Source: Land Rover)