Without the Discovery model, it’s doubtful whether the Land Rover brand would even exist today. Launched back in 1989, the original version merely bolted more spacious bodywork onto an aging Range Rover chassis but the sales it generated were enough to save the company. They also financed a more sophisticated five cylinder air suspended model in 1998 at the same time as the company’s engineers were busily beavering away at something much better, the design that ultimately became the improved fourth generation version we’re looking at here.
This car traces its parentage back to the third generation Discovery3 of 2004, a design vastly superior to anything that had gone before. Until that point, family SUVs had either been very good off road or very good on it. Thanks to its double chassis and air suspended ‘Integrated Body Frame’ technology, this car could be both and customers loved it. Sadly, there was less sophistication beneath the bonnet and in terms of the variants on offer, customers ended up having to choose between thirsty or slow.
Hence the need for the fourth generation Discovery4 model we first saw in 2009. That car at last had a properly performing diesel engine – a 3.0-litre TDV6 unit, quickly further refined and re-badged as an ‘SDV6’ powerplant. But its heavy underpinnings put it at a disadvantage to more modern German rivals. Some of these Land Rover were able to take on with the second generation Range Rover Sport model launched in mid-2013, but lower-order Mercedes, BMW and Audi SUVs all still needed a competitive Discovery model to keep them honest: this final version of the fourth generation design provided just that. Launched in the Autumn of 2013, it was now known merely as the ‘Discovery’ and offered buyers greater efficiency, higher-tech equipment and slightly smarter looks. It sold until an all-new fifth generation Discovery model was launched early in 2017.
This particular Land Rover Discovery is being offered for sale under very specific instructions, and Coys invite all interested parties to enquire for further details on the Lot by application.