One thing is certain, you are going to hear a lot more about Land Rover's e_Terrain technologies in the future. The company's e_Terrain developments were first showcased via the Land_e concept renderings shown by Land Rover in 2006. One of the most interesting features of e_Terrain is e_Terrain Response. We'll see further applications of e_Terrain technologies as Land Rover moves into the hybrid and electric vehicle segments.
While we can safely speculate U.S. buyers will not have to worry about the diesel powertrains quite yet, the 2012 Discovery 4 does give some hints as to what we can expect to see in the 2012 LR4. Overall, the Discovery 4 continues to see improvements for the 2012 model year. While improvements to the diesel powertrains are the most significant changes for 2012, there are a number of feature upgrades over the 2011 model year.
As you can imagine, armored vehicles designed for civilian use sell well in certain parts of the world. Land Rover's entry into the armored vehicle market is based on the Discovery 4 (known as the LR4 here in the U.S.), and offers significant improvements over the earlier Discovery 3/LR3 Armored. The Discovery 4 Armoured (LR4 Armored) was developed in partnership with vehicle armoring specialist Centigon.
Which? Car's annual satisfaction survey has found that owners in Britain love their Land Rovers. The survey rated the 2010 and newer Land Rover Discovery 4 (LR4 here in the U.S.) at 95.7%, which put the Discovery 4 in third place. This new poll is yet another testament to the overall satisfaction Land Rover owners experience with their vehicles despite continued challenges the Land Rover brand has with reliability.
Land Rover has taken some positive steps over the past several years by updating its product line, chiefly through improvements inside the vehicles and with evolutionary design updates on the outside. Additionally, the company has added the all-new Range Rover Evoque, which introduces the Range Rover brand to an expanded audience. Even so, there is a lot of work yet to be done by the company.