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2013-09-03 08:57

NEW LOOK FOR DISCOVERY: New alloy wheel rims are a major new feature - but the main change involves a re-branding of the models. Image: Newspress

Land Rover has refreshed its Discovery models for the 2014 model year though core attributes, we're told, will be carried over.

The iconic Land Rover Discovery off-roaders have been given new badging, new fuel-stretching technology - including stop/start), improved audio systems and a new range of driver assistance, comfort and safety features. Deliveries will start in Europe in November 2013.

The cars, as in the current range but updated with the new systems and goodies, will be in South Africa in the first quarter of 2014 - specifically from February 7 2014 - but without the stop/start option - that, we were told by Landy SA, will be on US models only for EU5-standard engines.

Land Rover global brand director John Edwards told Wheels24: “The hugely popular Discovery continues to move from strength to strength and the addition of improvements in fuel economy and emissions underpins our commitment to delivering power with sustainability.


"As one of the world’s most stylish, capable and versatile SUV's, the Discovery is the perfect vehicle for people who enjoy living an active lifestyle."

The Disco has a new "face" and a number of exterior detail changes: a new grille and front bumper, revised headlights and distinctive diode daytime running lights designs as well as new alloy wheel rims are the main changes.

A Black Design Pack remains available for 2014 models, which brings revised detailing and 20" black alloy rims to car.

In recognition of the Discovery’s now established identity, the refreshed exterior design for 2014 incorporates a change of identity for the vehicle in many markets. For the first time the name ‘Discovery’ replaces ‘Land Rover’ on the bonnet and the digit 4 will be removed from the tailgate to leave simply ‘Discovery.’

Engine identity has been moved from the tailgate to an ingot mounted on each of the front doors. This side-badging will reflect the engine type and appear as ‘SDV6’ in the UK market.


In the USA and the Middle East the vehicle’s badging will remain as on previous models.

The 2014 Discovery will continue to be available with its class-leading 192kW/600Nm three-litre SDV6 engine with CO2 emissions reduced from 230 to 213g/km and fuel consumption improved to a claimed eight litres/100km. All models will have an eight-speed ZF auto transmission.

The 2014 models' driver assistance, comfort and safety features will include wade-sensing (a technology claimed to be unique to Land Rover), blind-spot monitors, doors-closed warning, following traffic detection and T-junction cameras.

To align the 2014 Discovery with Range Rover vehicles it will be available with a Meridian premium audio system that includes eight speakers and 380W of power. Meridian Surround adds 825W and has 17 speakers.

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