The new Landmark adds distinctive exterior features...
We recently drove the formidable Range Rover SDV8 Autobiography, and after this test, we can tell you that this car represents for us the pinnacle of smooth, state of the art high class motoring.
So stay tuned on these columns for a full test report…
In the meantime, there is further interesting Land Rover news, concerning the Discovery range this time. Did you know that The Land Rover Discovery chalked up over 1,160,000 retail sales and 225 international awards since its launch in 1989? The Discovery is now even more attractive with two extra editions. Just read further…
Hans Knol ten Bensel
Being already the fourth generation of the Discovery, the two new special editions, the Landmark and the Graphite, bring both new distinctive exterior design features, whereas the enhancements to interior refinement come as standard inside the Landmark with the addition of Windsor Leather seats and the Extended Leather Pack throughout, furnishing the dashboard, door casings and fascia.
The interior is purposefully limited to three colourways – Ebony, Almond and Tan. The latter is offered for the first time ever in a Discovery, with Tan Windsor Leather Seats complemented by Ebony door casings and fascia and a Straight Grained Walnut veneer trim finisher.
The exterior upgrade sees the addition of full length roof rails in a bright finish that highlight the familiar stepped roof design of the Discovery.
Distinctive black fender vents, grille and mirror caps complement silver bonnet and tailgate badges, alongside Landmark badging to the side and rear to further distinguish this model. 20-inch 5-split spoke alloy wheels complete the design.
The Landmark is available in a limited range of five body colours, including Zanzibar which has been exclusively reserved for the Landmark edition and is not available on any other Discovery. The other four available body colours are Waitomo Grey, Santorini Black, Yulong White and Indus Silver.
The Discovery Graphite (see photo here above) builds on the success of the Black Pack and introduces a modern and distinctive look to the model range with striking finishes. A grey Graphite finish to the fender vents and grille, which also sports a gloss black and lighter grey frame, blend with existing grey highlights appointed to the door handles and the Discovery badging to the bonnet and tailgate.
Exclusive to the Graphite is the 19-inch 7-split spoke alloy wheel in a high gloss dark grey as standard. The customer can choose between a spectrum of nine body colours and three interior colourways*.
The editions are available to order from the end of October
Efficiency through technology…
The optional Land Rover InControl Apps* complements the Discovery’s existing infotainment system to provide the ultimate in-car connectivity. It brings the convenience, familiarity and original look and feel of compatible smartphone apps into the owner’s vehicle, which are displayed and controlled from the vehicle’s touchscreen. The customer can find parking spaces, stream their favourite music or simply locate the nearest hotel for that invaluable pit-stop.
The acclaimed Terrain Response® and Hill Descent Control drive technologies ensure optimal and responsive driving across any terrain as standard. Add in the choice of the single-speed transfer box or twin-speed – the latter offering high and low range for the most demanding off-road conditions, and optional Wade Sensing™* technology to alert the driver to deep water, and the Discovery is equipped to tackle whatever path the customer decides to travel.
The Land Rover Discovery continues to drive power and all-terrain capability with efficient diesel and petrol engine options when matched with fuel-stretching Stop/Start** technology and the refined ZF 8-speed automatic transmission.
For key petrol markets, the 3.0-litre V6 Supercharged generates 340PS@6,500rpm (250kW) with 450Nm of torque and combined CO2 emissions from 269g/km. Fuel consumption stands at 24.6mpg (11.5 l/100km).
The 211PS (155kW) 3.0-litre TDV6 remains the EU6 diesel engine entry level option, delivering 36.7mpg (7.7l/100km) and a CO2 figure from 203g/km on a combined cycle. The higher-powered 256PS (188kW) 3.0-litre SDV6 gives equivalent fuel consumption and CO2 figures.
Needless to say that we are keen to test the new editions of the Discovery soon, but in the meantime, wait for our test of the marvellous Range Rover SDV8 Autobiography!
Hans Knol ten Bensel