Land Rover Discovery
Since its first release in 1989, the Land Rover Discovery has pushed the envelope in delivering a powerful engine but the latest in technological doodads and comfort for the interior. Opinions on Discovery may be mixed, but there is no denying the influence this model has had, nor the devoted following this SUV has inspired.
Discovery was the proverbial game-changer for the Land Rover line, as this model only effectively *created* the very line by dint of its production in 1989 as the third distinct class of Land Rover; the Discovery forced the rebrand of its originals.
The chief technological innovation that Discovery brought to the market was its revolutionary turbodiesel engine, a seriously powerful engine influential enough to change the rechristened original Land Rover Defender – and, let’s face it, most of the SUV market – within two years of Discovery’s launch.
Five generations of Land Rover Discovery
After its first year of release, Land Rover launched the 1991 models with for doors and V8 engine. Discovery Series II was introduced in 1998 and was touted more for its on-road, comfort aspects.
But hey, new century, new sensibility, right? In the 2000s, the Discovery was tweaked once more while model number was stripped of brand name and Roman numerals but augmented with an acronym: The Land Rover LR3 boasted a full independent air suspension and its patented (?) “Integrated Body Frame” design. Announcement of the LR4 was something of a soft reboot, as design-wise little changed from the LR3, but enough changes to engine and transmission apparently warranted this new branding in 2009.
Finally, the “Discovery” returned to the brand for a fifth generation of the model in 2016.The Land Rover Sport, as the name cheerfully makes clear, plays up adventuring-style use of this SUV. And there’s certainly potential aplenty for that in this Discovery, with a 3-liter diesel V8 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission.
Land Rover Discovery touted as best of both worlds
Back in its days as the LR4, Land Rover billed the Discovery as a mdi-sized SUV that was affordable yet luxurious, off-road ready yet drivable in the city. Ever since Land Rover got beyond the three-door Discovery of 1989, the company has attempted to straddle the line in an appeal to mainstream North American drivers.
As to whether Land Rover succeeded in being all things to a certain demographic is up to the individual driver (see directly below for a brief bit on Land Rover Discovery Sport reviews), the truth is that the original Discovery took the SUV concept to another level with its powerful engine and spiffy electronics inside.
Buzz on the first Land Rover Discovery Sport so-so
The reboot/relaunch of the Land Rover Discovery certainly piqued the attention of auto enthusiasts all over the world – after all, the name “Land Rover” has become iconic in a world of soccer moms. Though from the vantage point of a few years out, the first Discovery Sport seems to be aging well in the estimation of those weighing in online, critics in ’16 were mostly decidedly indifferent.
U.S. News & World Report’s extensive year-end review of car models that year scored the Land Rover Discovery at a 7.4 on a 10-point scale, resulting in a rank of just 12th in the “2016 Luxury Compact SUVs” category; in the next three years, the Discovery would rank 17th, 14th and 14th. Clearly not fans over there…
By contrast, the guys over at the official website of BBC’s Top Gear have been won over to the Discovery Sport, calling it the best vehicle in the luxury compact class and delivering a verdict of “Close to perfection, and the new TD4 ‘Ingenium’ engine [in the 2019 model] may just have delivered it.
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The previous model Land Rover Discovery Sport is a conundrumSource: automoblog.net
Jaguar Land Rover has recalled examples of its Discovery Sport, Range Rover Evoque, Velar and Sport range sold between 2016 and 2018, while Volkswagen has recalled Golfs, Passats and TransportersSource: carsguide.com.au
Land Rover has an ambitious schedule to expand its lineup these days, but it’s also continuing to rely on some stalwarts that have been holding the fort for manySource: auto123.com
For the past 30 years, Land Rover enthusiasts who didn’t want or need the full size Range Rover often settled for its little brotherSource: blog.dupontregistry.com
Senior car industry figures were in London last week for the annual two-day Financial Times Future of the Car SummitSource: autoexpress.co.uk
Land Rover has taken the wraps off its thoroughly updated Discovery Sport, handing its compact seven-seater SUV electrified engines, fresh technology and an overhauled platformSource: carmag.co.za
The Land Rover Discovery Sport has been facelifted for 2019, with major changes made to the car’s underpinnings and enginesSource: carbuyer.co.uk
Land Rover has revealed an updated version of its mid-sized Discovery Sport, with fresh detailing, a new interior and updated engines and transmissions underneathSource: evo.co.uk
Until the new Land Rover Defender arrives in 2020, the Discovery Sport is still very much the entry point into green oval ownership right nowSource: carmagazine.co.uk
Five years after the launch of the Land Rover Discovery Sport, the firm’s biggest-selling model has been updatedSource: autoexpress.co.uk
The new 2020 model year Land Rover Discovery Sport is a mid-cycle refresh with a difference – it is basically a brand new carSource: motoringresearch.com
is getting a big update, though it's not entirely apparent at first glance. This was revealed as a new SUV riding on LR's new Premium Transverse ArchitectureSource: autoblog.com
Available in S, SE & HSE trim, the new derivative is powered by a 2Source: auto.economictimes.indiatimes.com
JaguarLand Rover has posted a £3.6 billion annual loss, mainly down to a huge downgrading of JLR assets in the third quarter of the 2018/19 financial yearSource: autoexpress.co.uk
The cheapest model in Land Rover’s lineup is due to undergo a major overhaul later this year, as heavily camouflaged versions of prototype Discovery Sports have been spotted testingSource: theweek.co.uk
2020 Toyota Supra review, 1939 Porsche Type 64 auction, Discovery Sport spy shots: Car News Headlines
We've finally driven the 2020 Toyota Supra and have an in-depth first drive review postedSource: motorauthority.com
Land Rover is working on a mid-cycle refresh for its Discovery Sport, which was introduced in its current form for 2016Source: motorauthority.com
The new Land Rover Defender has been shown off at a 2020 Invictus Games preview event ahead of its official reveal at September’s Frankfurt Motor ShowSource: carbuyer.co.uk
A leaked “post-sale integration document” seen by Press Association (PA) highlights the benefits of a union between the two companies, with insiders at JLR telling PA that “things areSource: autoexpress.co.uk
New images of the Land Rover Defender give us our closest look yet at the brand’s latest 4x4Source: autoexpress.co.uk
BMW solidified its position as top luxury SUV producer, following a month in which two of its SUVs, the X5 and X3, topped their respective chartsSource: wheels24.co.za
The facility in Nitra opened for business in October 2018 and has been building the Land Rover Discovery ever sinceSource: carscoops.com
The new Land Rover Defender is entering the final stages of testing ahead of its full reveal at the Frankfurt Motor Show in SeptemberSource: carbuyer.co.uk
The final phase of the new Land Rover Defender’s development programme has been revealed, and it consists of a rigorous field test in Kenya with the British Wildlife conservationSource: autoexpress.co.uk