Land Rover Discovery 3

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Land Rover Discovery


the dunes in style – Foster

View from the Land Rover’s Discovery 3 the steepest of slopes. (Photograph: Foster)

We drove the Discovery 3 the hills and into the dunes. We it along the beach, and we tackled a 4X4 test track in it. Finally, we it the 400km back from to Windhoek on tar, and the new vehicle every inch of the way.

The British factory has done its properly with this

Although the Discovery’s only bigger than its predecessor, its is a full 32cm longer, that the all-important approach and angles are improved for off-road There’s also much interior space, thanks to the positioning of the wheels. The wagon is a seven-seater, with the rear folding into the floor not in use.

Being a born I travelled in the third row of seats of one for a while at the Namibian launch to see if Rover’s claims about are justified, and they really

The new Disco really is a technological with a mixture of good 4X4 features combining with electronics to render it user-friendly to make even the least-experienced driver look good. Rover’s patented Terrain system allows the driver to any of five settings via a rotary in the cabin.

There’s a general a setting for slippery conditions, and specialised off-road modes for mud and ruts, sand, and rock Selecting any of these options to the terrain encountered affects height, throttle sensitivity and torque response, Hill Control, traction control, shift patterns, and differential There are also two diff-locks and a transfer box linked to the computer.

The air-suspension is height adjustable, an access mode dropping the car below the standard height for or parking, and an off-road mode it 55mm above standard for ground clearance. That there’s a spread of 105mm The ride-height automatically reverts to once the vehicle gets up to on the road.

Apart from all the that come as standard, the Rovers offer a couple of extras. The remote-control key-unit its batteries while in the ignition and the self-releasing electronic hand-brake as a very capable emergency operating all four wheels of the main braking system. I it out and it really works.

The Discovery with any of three engines, off with a V6 four-litre petrol that delivers 156 kW of power and 360 Nm of — 30 kW and 20 Nm more than the V8 could deliver. This is to get the heavy vehicle up to a top speed of with 100 coming up in 10,9

There’s also a 140 Kw/440 Nm displacing 2,7 litres that to 100 in 12,8 seconds and tops out at 180 and a superb 4,4 litre V8 doling out 220 kW and 425 Nm for who can afford the fuel to feed it. Top for the V8 is claimed to be 195 km/hr, with the km/hr dash taking 8,6 seconds. All three engines are to very efficient six-speed transmissions.

Land Rover Africa has picked up flack in years because of poor quality and unacceptable responses to complaints, but I believe that the is serious about winning customers with good and this new 4X4 is good enough to them the backing they

Pricing of the six-model range at R440 000 for the entry-level V6 S Discovery, the TdV6 S costing R30 000 more. The SE or the V8 SE will set you back R510 000 the full house V8 HSE and TdV6 HSE cost R570 000 inclusive of a year/100 000km maintenance

FIRST DRIVE: New Discovery by Oxley

Land Rover’s is resting on the new Discovery 3. And we predict the new together with a strong and management team intent on customers, will take the out of the doldrums and to new heights. We drive it.

It so much the way the Discovery 3 performs in any one that makes it special. the way it performs so well in EVERY The first product designed under new owners Ford Co. has seen the light of day, has driven to extremes under the sun, and has not been found It has been designed to make work out of off-road driving, a dial-up system that and easily explains every of suspension, gearbox, and speed.

a novice can tackle deep big rocks, slippery roads, mud or tracks, ford rivers or use the car to transport hordes of kids to in luxury.

The car is more spacious any Discovery before it without much externally. Its seating is so easy that it flicks comfortable seating for seven (and we know, ‘cos we it) to a totally flat interior will take huge and still leave room for the and front passenger. And, of any combination in between.

New engines

It has a new of engines that come the Ford and Jaguar stables, and tested units that more power than the BMW derived motors while better fuel economy and complexity.

On top of that all the automatic (the only option at the are ZF 6-speed units with lock-up facility in the lower with a 5-speed manual to later on the turbo-diesel variant.

The is lighter and stronger (and more attractive) than of the Series 2 Discovery, but still a separate chassis with the bolted on.

Suspension is for the first independent all round, but there is wheel articulation together cross-linked air suspension that the axles to act in the same way as solid in ensuring the bodywork clears

On top of all that Discovery 3 has lots of aids in a dual system the company guarantees will get you home. All electronic bits are now out of way so they won’t be damaged by ingress, and the car is sealed so it can ford up to 700 mm deep without the carpets flooded.

It has three suspension to ensure you don’t easily end up on belly in the sand, and it has a full-size wheel for those moments we all

Customer satisfaction

I also with Thomas Viehvey, the new of Ford SA’s Premier Group (and of Land who has been drafted in from to move Land Rover Thomas, a German who has also at BMW, is adamant his aim is to get customer levels up to, and better than, the norm. Already things are to improve significantly, with a 50% in warranty claims 2002 to parts supply at 95%, and a cut in pending problem cases.

New systems have been put in to deal with customer and new dealers have been where there have problem areas. The cars out of the UK are very much better than before, and the Discovery 3 is very easy to build, so we that area to get better. But will always be human in dealing with problems, and is the area we are working on the hardest, he me as we walked together over dunes near Sandwich Bay in

Why were we in Namibia? Simply, gave us the widest diversity of we could test the vehicles in a time, while allowing us and easy co-operation with to ensure we could do it without with other roads

Lots of space

There are 1.8-million people in Namibia, in a and empty land, and sometimes we the only souls for tens of in any direction.

So we got permission to travel on to access the high dunes, and we also able to test the to their limits on tar roads falling foul of lawmen. The thing we couldn’t test was and ice – but we had lots of slippery On the road we discovered the cars are and quite nimble, albeit a fair amount of body as to be expected from a high-standing

The suspension can be raised 55 mm for off-road – and lowered 50 mm when in and out – while there’s an normal setting for ordinary which comes in automatically speed get higher. Off-road, simply a matter of defining you’re doing, and following the If it’s an ordinary tar road, it in the normal setting and just

There’s full-time four-wheel and ASC anti-skid control, plus ABS all round to keep you on the island. the going gets tough, you select low range by pulling on one and holding it, then select the setting on the Terrain response

Five options

Five face you, each an easy-to-read drawing, plus are also shown on an LCD panel on the

The first is General – for driving.

Then there’s for slippery surfaces. Mud/Ruts is as is Sand, while Rock is for slow and careful driving rocks and boulders.

There’s Hill Descent Control prevents you going too fast

The amazing thing about all is that gearbox and throttle as well as vehicle height and response, adjust to each setting.

In the Grass/Gravel/Snow mode the are set not to spin. But they are allowed to a bit in the Mud/Ruts setting. In Sand the is much more responsive, in rock crawl the accelerator are slow to respond so you can ease rocks.

In Rock Crawl the stiffens so wheels can lift the over rocks, while the absorbers can over-extend to ensure grip.

It’s all … and after climbing to the top of a 30 metres sand dune and going down the other side even a sign of getting I can attest to the Discovery 3’s

It turns off-road duffers safe and positive 4×4

New engines

I was also impressed the new range of engines.

Top-of-the is a 4.4-litre all-alloy Jaguar-derived that is light and compact, and delivers 220 kW at 5 500 r/min and 425 Nm of torque at 4 000

Then there’s a Ford-based petrol V6 – which has an top end for the Discovery, which puts out 156 kW, 13% than the 4-litre V8 engines of the Discovery model. Maximum is a substantial 360 Nm.

And finally, a high-technology turbo-diesel similar to that launched in the Jaguar S-Type, to acclaim. The unit uses rail technology and operates at higher pressure than common rail injection – about 25% more average – benefiting economy. refinement and emissions. power is 140 kW at 4 000 r/min and maximum 440 Nm, developed at only 1 900 r/min.

All are and responsive, though the V8 proved in high-speed driving, while the is undoubtedly the pick of the bunch.

The V6 also impressed, not least for its frugality compared to the outgoing with a combined average consumption after three of hard off-road and fast driving of 16.6 litres/100 km not bad the conditions.


Discovery 3 V6 S: 000 Discovery 3 TDV6 S: R470 000 3 TDV6 SE: R510 000 Discovery 3 V8 SE: 000 Discovery 3 TDV6 HSE: 000 Discovery 3 V8 HSE R: 570 000 In detail

Discovery 3 is new the ground up, although the Discovery DNA can be in the clamshell bonnet and the stepped But the new car is smooth and angle-free, with flat sides that hook on trees and bushes, and a longer wheelbase to give a ride and better approach and angles as well as better to the third row of seats.

At the front is much of the outgoing model and of the Range Rover – in the three-slat grille and staggered

But at the back is a huge departure. The is a two-piece design, as on the Range rather than a large door, as on previous Discovery There are major practical to the new asymmetric shape. First, the upper part of the tailgate is the asymmetrically shaped lower lid load height into the When both upper and halves are opened, the asymmetric reduces reach in distance.

earlier Discoverys, the spare is now mounted under the body, than on the rear door.

The are set high up in the bodywork where are easy to see and avoid parking

The interior

In every major the new vehicle’s interior is either leading or among the very

Compared with the outgoing model, the major improvements are in shoulder room, and third-row The Discovery 3 has an extremely spacious row of seats and the wide doors are to ensure easy cabin and access.

Second and third rows can fold right into the floor.

Stadium means that each row is than the one in front, improving the for all passengers, helped by the deep The stepped roof ensures of headroom throughout.

All seats are and comfortable, and higher level 3 models come with upholstery. Both outer in the second row are equipped with attachment points for European-standard and American child seats.

Front seats are available power adjustment, covering and aft movement, height and squab plus manual lumbar adjustment. In addition, the driver’s offers electric cushion adjustment. On manual front there is fore and aft adjustment and recline, plus lumbar and height adjust on the driver’s

Individual seats

The second row of features three individual Each folds separately and all into the footwell. The two outer can also jack-knife forward to easy access to the third-row

These also fold into the floor, and when all seats are down, the huge, cargo area is almost two long.

Stowage space is In the fascia there are two gloveboxes on the side, and a tray at the base of the console with a non-slip There is also a coin and a clip for tickets and toll

The use of an Electronic Park Brake, than a conventional handbrake, extra space in the centre

A large cubby box, can hold up to four drink is fitted right behind the and this is available with a system to keep the drinks The cubby box lid can be folded back to act as a tray for rear seat

Mobile phone

A mobile can be stowed within the cubby box and can be integrated into a hands-free via Bluetooth.

Large cup holders for and front seat passenger are in the centre console, and there is an folding cup holder for the passenger. front doors have bins, including holders for bottles of water or soft

The rear side doors have large bins, big enough for drink bottles. In 17.5 litres of drinks can be in a Discovery 3.

Large lower panels in the rear compartment stowage space for those in the third row, or secure in the boot area. The top surface a cup holder and shallow tray, as as in-car entertainment controls for the passengers. Recesses, closed nets, are also offered for stowage.

The fascia has a simple, look.

There is large plus good-sized, tactile and controls. Switches are kept to a – the built-in technology, Land Rover’s new Terrain system, can do much of the work for the

Luxury feel

The fascia is in Thermoplastic Urethane (TPU), has a luxury feel, resists caused by sunlight and has fewer to reduce the mist deposited on the of the windscreen. The fascia is supported on a magnesium alloy crossbeam is both light and strong, and precise mounting. improving and reducing any propensity to rattle.

trim and door pillar are soft fabric, and all grab are damped. Two roof-mounted consoles interior lighting, with lights for the third-row passengers.

Air is standard on all Discovery 3 models and in two forms, manually operated and Both include a particulate to remove pollutants in both air and recirculating modes, and four adjustable vents with shut-offs. There is an additional lap vent for the driver beneath the wheel. Airflow is also at the windscreen, side windows and footwells.

For the second row of seats, there are two at the back of the centre console.

On higher level vehicles, automatic temperature control is Both sides operate

The system can also be specified optional rear air conditioning and The rear cabin temperature can be controlled separately.

The Discovery 3 a high level of in-car systems and one of the most advanced systems available. Higher-line have a six-CD in-dash Six speakers are fitted to entry while upper range use Harman/Kardon systems with speakers, including a sub-woofer.

A 14-speaker Harman/Kardon ‘Logic seven-channel digital surround is also available. The head can also play MP3 files with 11x compression the equivalent of a 66 CD can be stored and played in the vehicle.

The state-of-the-art navigation system is and includes the latest generation of navigation. The navigation system is by a 180 mm high resolution touch while two buttons switch the between the main ‘Home’ and the navigation system. Voice is available for navigation and audio

The screen also displays from the Terrain Response

The car’s body-frame architecture tremendous protection in impacts and safety is further improved by the use of up to airbags. The driver’s airbag is in the steering wheel boss and the passenger airbag is in the fascia. Two in the front seats provide for the thorax.

There are two full-length airbags fitted in the cant above the first and second of seats, offering side Two additional side bags are in the rearmost area.


An premium SUV, packed user-friendly technology Exceptional of capability – dynamic performance and class-leading off-road and distinctive design that a spacious, versatile seven-seat Production debut for Land innovative Terrain Response™ and Body-frame™ architecture New engines for Land Rover, plus transmissions and air suspension

The Land Discovery 3 is an all-new, premium SUV offers class-leading breadth of innovative user-friendly technology, design and a spacious interior can comfortably accommodate up to seven

‘A true Land the Discovery 3 benefits from a of purpose and conviction that is from its clean design, and outstanding driving experience. all new Land Rovers, it’s to drive on-road, as well as best-in-class off-road,’ said Taylor, managing director, Rover.

The Discovery 3 also sophisticated new technologies, among Land Rover’s patented Response™ system, previewed on the Range Stormer concept This optimises driveability and as well as maximising traction.

The simply chooses one of five settings via a rotary switch on the console: a general driving plus one for slippery conditions as ‘grass/gravel/snow’) and three special modes (mud/ruts, sand, crawl). Terrain Response automatically selects the most settings for the vehicle’s advanced controls and traction aids – ride height, engine response, hill descent electronic traction control and settings.

‘With Terrain it’s like having an alongside you, to help you get the out of the vehicle whatever the conditions, or off,’ added Matthew

Another innovation is the Integrated structure, which has allowed Rover to deliver all the comfort, and on-road attributes of a monocoque, continuing to set new standards in off-road The Discovery 3 also features headlights that swivel the direction of travel to illuminate the ahead.

Dynamic on-road performance

on-road performance is a top priority for the 3. The top-of-the-range engine is a specially 4.4-litre version of Jaguar’s V8 petrol engine. Changes for Rover use include increased (from 4.2-litres), more torque, enhanced dust- and and revised breathing to enable the car to rivers as well as cruise In Land Rover guise, the must also be able to run at angles for extreme off-road

The top-selling engine in Europe is to be Land Rover’s new, and flexible 2.7-litre V6 turbodiesel available in North America), a rail unit that variable geometry turbocharging

The engine in the line-up (for markets only) is a petrol V6, a version of one of the world’s best-selling SUV now further developed for Land use.

All three engines strong on-road performance, full-time four-wheel drive. petrol derivatives are matched to a automatic ‘intelligent shift’ also available with the though this is offered a six-speed manual as standard.

driving and refinement are enhanced by independent suspension all round, air springs on most models. is height adjustable, to assist entry and exit, and to boost clearance to help off-road

Outstanding versatility

‘The of the Discovery 3 is derived from its Everything you see has been done for a said design director Upex. ‘The priority was to the passengers and driver a superb environment, with more and greater comfort. It has big, glazing, because that greater airiness and a better

It is also unambiguously a Land ‘An absolute priority was that could mistake this for anything else,’ said ‘It had to look thoroughly modern, and distinctive.’

Unique Land design cues include its geometric vertical and horizontal its stepped roof (to boost its asymmetric rear tailgate (to load height when the part of the tailgate is closed, and ‘reach in’ distance when the use of an air intake on only one side of the (it’s all that was needed); and its glazed areas.

The driver Land Rover’s traditional seating position, while all the passengers get stadium seating – higher than the seats in offering a clearer view. The third row of seats serve up comfort, and are big enough to accommodate percentile adults.

Large provide easy access, both second and third entered from the centre Cleverly designed seating improves the outstanding versatility, fold-flat rear seats in second and third rows, to huge load-carrying possibilities.

The Discovery 3 replaces Land segment-defining Discovery, the best-selling SUV in many European countries its launch in 1989. The new vehicle on sale later this depending on market.

Editor’s The all-new Land Rover the name LR3 in North America and 3 in all other markets.

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