The History of the Land Rover Discovery

October 14th, 2016 by

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Since it was first introduced on the British market in the fall of 1989, the Land Rover Discovery has carved out a desirable place for itself as a luxurious and off-road ready midsize SUV that’s a more affordable option than some Land Rover models. Currently on the verge of its third generation, this model continues to offer drivers a premium profile for the money, and it’s available at Land Rover Fort Myers. Before the release of the latest generation, learn more about the history of the Land Rover Discovery.

Land Rover Discovery Series I & II

Sitting on the same platform as the more expensive Land Rover Range Rover, the first generation of the Land Rover Discovery was offered as a three-door SUV before coming to the market with a five-door version in 1990. It sat five passengers and ran on a 2.0L four-cylinder petrol engine. Later in the lineup, turbo-diesel inline-four and larger 3.5L, 3.9L, and 4.0L V8 engines became available.

There was a mid-cycle refresh for this model in 1998, when the Land Rover Discovery Series II debuted. There was less focus on off-road prowess, but more interior amenities and a rear that opened up more room for cargo. This model came with 4.0L V8, 4.6L V8, and turbo-diesel 2.5L inline-five engine options, as well as different performance amenities like Active Cornering Enhancement, a locking center differential, and Hill Descent Control.

Land Rover Discovery 3 & 4

The Land Rover Discovery became the Land Rover LR3 and Land Rover LR4 during its second generation of production. This model featured a full independent air suspension and a unique Integrated Body Frame design. The Land Rover LR3 was available with a 4.0L V6, a 4.4L V8, and a 2.7L turbo-diesel V6. The Land Rover LR4 was introduced in 2009 and featured the same body frame, but came with a more integrated design and a new front grille. There were also a number of engine, transmission, and other mechanical enhancements.

The All-New Third Generation Land Rover Discovery

On September 28, 2016, Land Rover announced the third generation of the Land Rover Discovery at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. The newest Land Rover Discovery features a more sleek and aerodynamic look than previous generations and will be offered with a 3.0L petrol V6 engine and a 3.0L diesel V8 engine, as well as an eight-speed automatic transmission. See how the Land Rover Discovery compares to the competition such as the Lexus GX, the Audi Q5, or the Jeep Cherokee. Stay in touch with Land Rover Fort Myers for more information on the third generation Land Rover Discovery and other models such as the Land Rover Defender as they come out.