2012 Land Rover Discovery 4

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, especially in the technology and powertrain areas.

2012 Discovery 4 Engine Choices

The 211-horsepower 3.0-liter LR-TDV6 diesel remains the introductory engine for European markets conforming to EU5 emissions regulations. However, CO2 emissions have been lowered via a low-flow fuel injection system and the addition of a ZF 8HP70 8-speed automatic transmission, which is controlled by a rotary gear shift selector and steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. Fuel economy for this engine has risen to 33.4 MPG, which should make plenty of U.S.-based LR4 buyers jealous.

The other diesel engine on tap for 2012 is the 3.0-liter LR-SDV6. The high performance variant has seen its horsepower increased from 245 to 256 while simultaneously reducing emissions output thanks to the same new eight-speed transmission used on the LR-TDV6. European markets still conforming to EU4 regulations will receive the current 3.0-liter 245-horsepower LR-SDV6 coupled with the existing 6-speed transmission and CommandShift®.

The 5.0-liter gasoline V8 coupled with the ZF HP28 six-speed automatic will also be available for 2012.

2012 Discovery 4 Technology Improvements

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. Exterior styling remains virtually identical to the 2011 model, however there are some minor changes to interior aesthetics as well as the addition of two new alloy wheel designs. Additional changes come in the form of upgraded audio, navigation, and entertainment systems, as well as the introduction of three new option packs.

Audio, Navigation, and Entertainment Systems

Audio – The entry-level audio systems is now compatible with Bluetooth®, DAB, and USB/iPod® and now features 8 speakers and a color display. Mid-line audio is provided by the Hi-ICE harman/kardon® system, which has been upgraded to 11 speakers and had its output boosted to 380 watts. The top-of-the-line premium harman/kardon® LOGIC7® audio system now features 17 speakers and 825W of power. Higher end touch screen audio systems are now available independently, whereas before they were available only in conjunction with a navigation system.

Navigation – Speaking of, the navigation system is available in two levels, Base and Premium. The latter is enhanced with “Say What You See” voice activation technology. The “Say What You See” voice activation system removes the need to memorize specific commands and will prompt the driver by displaying available commands in a step-by-step format on the screen. The voice activation system is accessed by a push-to-talk button on the steering wheel. Models equipped with a hard disc navigation system now allow for the storage of up to 10 albums and a virtual CD changer.

Entertainment – The rear seat entertainment system is now equipped with a single-slot DVD drive in the audio head unit rather than the 6-DVD changer that was in the luggage compartment. Additional technology improvements to the rear seat entertainment system include WhiteFire™ wireless technology, which allows the operation of the rear audio system via cordless headphones and also by remote control. The system supports connectivity with game consoles and MP4 video playback via the USB port.

To round things out, you can now store several thousand phone numbers and the message center has been redesigned to display audio, phone, and navigational information.

New Discover 4 Option Packs

The three new option packs include the Technology Pack, Vision Assist Pack, and the HSE Luxury Pack. Two of the option packs focus on technology, while the third adds comfort features.

The Technology Pack includes a premium navigation system that incorporates 4×4 off-road navigation as well as “Say What You See” voice controls. Additional features of this package include parking aids for the front and rear of the vehicle and rearview cameras.

The Vision Assist Pack has xenon adaptive front headlamps that incorporate cornering lamps, automatic headlamps with high beam assist, a surround camera system that includes approach lamps, towing assist, and tow hitch assist.

The HSE Luxury Pack includes xenon adaptive front headlamps that incorporate cornering lamps, a premium harman/kardon® LOGIC7® 17-speaker 825W audio system, premium leather seating surfaces, full-length roof rails in satin black, electric steering column adjustment for height and reach, an electric tilt and slide sunroof, and the front center console that holds a cooler box.

2012 Land Rover Discovery 4

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July 28, 2011


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