One year ago the 2011 Land Rover Discovery 4 (LR4) took the top spot in the 1,900kg (4,188 lbs.) category of the 2011 Towcar Awards. Flash forward to June of 2012 and you’ll experience a mild case of déjà vu. The Discovery 4 recently outperformed the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Volvo XC60, Volvo XC70, Ford Ranger, Vauxhall Antara, and the Toyota Hilux to win the 1,900kg class for the third year in a row.
Started in 2007, the Towcar Awards test program is a joint venture between Practical Caravan, What Car?, and The Camping and Caravanning Club. The testing process involves real-word scenarios that put each vehicle to the test. Assessments include towing trailers weighted to 85 percent of the car’s curb weight (<– this link explains the method), acceleration tests, high-speed stability tests, braking tests, emergency lane changes, hill starts, and practicality assessments. The practicality tests judge the car’s ability to accommodate luggage and the quality and suitability of the vehicle’s towing electronics, spare wheel/tire, and any additional gizmos that make towing easier and/or safer.
The 2012 Discovery (LR4) has available Trailer Stability Assist and Trailer Assist to make towing easier and safer.
The Discovery 4 features plenty of storage room for luggage and has available two distinct towing technology features. The first is the Trailer Stability Assist system that monitors the behavior of the trailer at speeds of 37 MPH or greater. If the trailer demonstrates swaying or oscillation, the system will use selective braking to help bring the trailer under control. The second feature is the optional Trailer Assist. Working in conjunction with the Surround Camera System, the Trailer Assist (Tow Assist, Towing Assist) feature aids in hooking up to a trailer and also helps judge the trajectory of the trailer when reversing. You can “test drive” the Trailer Assist system by playing this game Land Rover created to help demonstrate how the technology works.
Haymarket Outdoor Leisure Group’s Editor-in-Chief Digital, Nigel Donnelly, cited the Discovery’s new eight-speed automatic transmission and engine tweaks as helping to seal the award for the Disco. Of course, he was referring to the diesel-powered Discovery, which is not available in the U.S. market. The U.S. version has a 375-horsepower V8 backed by a six-speed automatic.
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