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The Mercury Cars Guide : August 22nd 2009
4— Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, August 22, 2009 eration of its Discovery range — underneath the friendly face and behind the posh interior is a right little scrapper ready to take on whatever challenges the bush may throw at it. For the first three generations of Discovery up to the challenge W ARNING. Do not be fooled by Land Rover’s attempts to socially integrate the newest gen- the Discovery — luxurious by comparision to the Defender yet still working class by any measure when stood beside the Range Rover — it was all about not only getting the job done but looking like a bit of a hard lad. ‘‘The styling on Discovery 3 was award-winning and widely recognised . . . and the car was very successful . . . but it was also divisive,’’ Land Rover director of design Gerry McGovern says. ‘‘The front was somewhat brutal. ‘‘The styling of the new model is, perhaps, more friendly but it is certainly more premium.’’ Expat Aussie Murray Dietsch who left Ford Australia in search of wider experience and now heads up Land Rover’s product engineering says the target for Discovery 4 was to make the car a better performer against all criteria. ‘‘The goal was to expand the breadth of the car’s capability through all areas,’’ Dietsch says. ‘‘The Discovery 4 now occupies ground that once belonged to the Range Rover.’’ LandRover has spentupbigonthe newest generation of the Disco. While the exterior changes have been all about easing the visual impact of the car—more horizontal lines rather than vertical, less contrast in colour tonings, a bit more bling and jewellery to suggest form current 2.7-litre diesel will be retained in the model line-up as the entry-level offering. The new V8 was not available to drive at the launch event but, after a day spent in the company of the diesel, it became difficult to mount an argument as to why you would favour the big petrol engine. Getting the new engines’ perfor- mance to the road was a priority during development with the result that a raft of refinements had to be made to the suspension architecture. The brilliant Terrain Response system — first introduced on the outgoing model as off-roading for dummies — has also come in for refinements. There are still the five settings for on-road, grass and snow, mud and ruts, sand and rock crawling but there have been a couple of key improvements. A launch function has been built GO ANYWHERE: The 2009-2010 Land Rover Discovery 4 4WD SUV wagon. rather than function — it is in the platform engineering and the interior styling where the big effort has gone. A long day spent bashing through a variety of conditions in Scotland— ranging from motorway cruising through negotiating twisting highland backroads to deep river fording and clawing through some of the slickest stickiest mud in creation — gave the Discovery 4 every opportunity to fall short of the target. It didn’t. The first impression of the up- grade of the interior is that the changes are not just cosmetic. The revised instrument and dash layout is functional and easy to take in. All the key control points come easily to hand, the terrain response control dial has been shifted forward, the gear-shift placement adjusted and the dash console inclined more towards the driver. There is a new seat design with an extended front cushion and height adjustable head restraints. That change is going to disappoint some traditionalists as it comes at the cost the seat-mounted grab-handles. For the first time the Discovery comes with keyless start and it also wins a larger touch-screen navigation system, some extra storage bins and full i-Pod connectivity with full control through the centre console or steering wheel-mounted buttons. Thatis all very nice—andfriendly —but Land Rover’s core value is its ability to go almost anywhere and get back again. The Discovery 4 has lost none of that. At the heart of the engineering revisions are a pair of new in-house designed engines, a spanking 5-litre direct injection V8 with 276kW and 510Nm and a sublime sequential twin turbo 3.0-litre diesel V6 with 180kW and a monstrous 600Nm of torque delivered with lag-free efficiency. Both engines will make it to Australia, the V8 replacing the current 4.4-litre at the top of the model range. The new diesel will be offered in both SE and HSE trim while the into the sand settings to eliminate the need to feather the throttle when driving away and lower the risk of digging in while a gentle background braking application has been incorporated into rock crawling below 5km/h in first gear or reverse to increase stability. On the open road the Discovery 4 is more settled, composed and a great deal quieter in the cabin than the outgoing model. There is less nervousness about the steering and subsequently greater confidence to allow the car to flow through sections where previously the body roll and steering vagueness wouldhave given cause for pause. Off the made surfaces the Discov- ery still displays the no-nonsense abilities that have built the legend of the badge but without some of the rougher edges. 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