Land Rover recently alluded to moving even further upmarket with the Range Rover line to combat pending ultra-luxury SUV entries from manufacturers such as Bentley and Lamborghini. However, the Range Rover brand isn’t the only line to get a bump up in the luxury department. Now, the 2012 Land Rover LR4 (Discovery 4) has its own Luxury Limited Edition.
On a side note, we have to tip our hat to Bentley. After receiving rather scathing criticism at the Geneva Motor Show from the public and press regarding the exterior appearance of the EXP 9F SUV concept, the company admitted it missed the mark and will be going back to the drawing board. The SUV has been green-lit for production, but the details remain pending.
Ok, back on track. As we mentioned, the 2012 Land Rover LR4 has been given its own Luxury Limited Edition that adds to the already-plush HSE. On the outside, the LR4 / Discovery 4 received satin chrome — ‘Noble’ finish in Land Rover parlance — full-length roof rails, mirror caps, hood lettering, and a ‘HSE LUXURY’ tailgate badge. Complementing the Noble trim is a grill surround and fender vents finished in Indus Silver in addition to bright side and rear finishers. Body colors are limited to Santorini Black, Orkney Grey, and Havana (pictured here).
“The HSE Luxury Limited Edition is probably the most luxurious specification yet offered on the Discovery 4 [LR4], with striking exterior treatments and colour choices allowing customers to stamp their own personality on the vehicle. The stunning equipment levels are backed up by rugged durability, great performance, and high efficiency,” said John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director.
As of this writing, there is no word on whether our LR4 will receive its own version of the HSE Luxury Limited Edition package.
The interior of the LR4 HSE Luxury has also received a few upgrades over the standard HSE model. Interior seating surfaces now feature premium Windsor Leather along with an extended Windsor Leather Pack which adds the material to the dash top, instrument panel shade, door tops, armrests, and door pulls. Two interior colors are offered, including Ivory & Ebony with contrast seat stitching and the more subdued Arabica & Almond, which was inspired by the Range Rover. Finishing the interior is a new Dark Zebrano (dark brown) wood veneer and carpeted mats with contrast edging.
Standard feature upgrades include the harman/kardon® LOGIC7® audio system with 825-watts of power and Xenon Adaptive Front Headlamps with cornering lamps.
Buyers of the Discovery 4 in the UK will have two diesel options available, including the 3.0-liter 211-horsepower LR-TDV6 and the 256-horsepower SDV6. An eight-speed transmission backs both diesel engines. This engine and transmission combination puts zero-to-60 times at 9.9 seconds for the LR-TDV6 and 8.8 seconds for the more powerful SDV6. If that doesn’t meet your needs, you may opt for the gasoline-powered 375-horsepower LR-V8. This bumps the top speed to 121 MPH from 112 and shaves the zero to 60 time down to 7.5 seconds. Markets conforming to EU4 regulations will receive the 245-horsepower 3.0-liter SDV6 backed by a six-speed automatic transmission.
Buyers of the LR4 in the U.S. are limited to the LR-V8.
The introductory price for the Discovery 4 HSE Luxury Limited Edition in the UK is £56,995.00 (approximately $90,500.00). Pricing for the U.S. market has not yet been announced. As mentioned, the only major difference we expect to see for the U.S.-bound LR4 HSE Luxury is that the only engine available will be the gasoline LR-V8, which is standard on all LR4 models.
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