The engineers at Land Rover have been busy over the last few months creating the long-wheelbase version of the Range Rover and the new Range Rover Sport but they’ve managed to find time and energy enough to have a look at one of the older cars in the British marque’s range. This new look Land Rover Discovery updates then Discovery 4 that’s been on sale since 2009, which wasn’t much more than a facelifted Discovery 3, but the new look refreshes the Discovery.
There’s a new headlight cluster which does away with the LED running lights. At the rear the engine badges have been removed and put onto the doors and the tailgate now says “Discovery” rather than “Discovery 4”. Perhaps Land Rover didn’t want to decide if this is a Discovery 5 or a reworked 4. Dark surrounds on the rear light cluster and newly designed alloys complete the exterior makeover.
Mechanically the 2014 Discovery is very similar to the current car, but the 3.0 litre V-6 turbo now returns 35.3mpg and CO2 emissions are lower at 213g/km. This drops the Disco into a lower tax bracket which means a £195 annual saving on the road fund licence. There’s been no change to the gearbox so the ZF eight-speed paddleshift automatic is the only transmission.
One of the most striking differences with this model is the replacement of the Land Rover name on the bonnet with the Discovery nameplate, which heralds the beginning of a new sub-brand for Land Rover which will branch out much like the Range Rover brand. The more efficient and restyled 2014 Land Rover Discovery gets its public debut next week at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.