The Discovery, launched in 1989, is Land Rover's luxury SUV. With its outstanding off road capabilities, it is by far Land Rover's most popular model. The first series Discovery models were three-door and five-door SUVs. They were equipped with a 2.5 L 200 TDi engine or the 3.5 L Rover V8. Major changes were made to the 1994 model. This year's Land Rover Discovery SUVs got an improved 4.0 L V8, a 2-speed transfer case, 5-speed manual or optional 4-speed automatic transmission and a permanently engaged 4WD system. The 1994 Discovery Land Rovers were also the first SUVs to be equipped with dual airbags. A standard Discovery seats 5 passengers, however, twin center-facing rear seats are also offered to accommodate more persons inside.
In 1996, three models were out in the market, the Land Rover Discovery SD, Se and SE7 while only two were offered for the 1998 model year, the LE and the LSE. The following year, the Discovery was revamped and the second series Land Rover Discovery commenced in the North American market. The Series II Discovery was 6.5 inches longer and 4 inches wider than the previous models although the wheelbase remained the same. The new vehicles featured a more rounded contours and higher windshield. Inside, you will notice a fresh-looking dashboard and more comfortable and larger front seats. Performance is improved by the new locking centre differential with traction control. In 2003, a bigger 4.6 L engine replaced the former V8, providing it a powerful 217 horses. Reinforcing its tough engine, the grille, headlamps and front bumper were restyled.
Change has been a constant element of Land Rover's success so for its 2004 year model, Land Rover again introduces a new series of Land Rover Discovery. Three model configurations were offered: S, SE and HSE. Seating capacity is increased to seven with its additional third-row seat. It has a unique unibody-full frame body design and an updated interior. Third series Discovery is bolder and more powerful, now sporting a standard 217-hp V8 engine, a rear independent suspension and terrain response traction control system. Off-road traction is enhanced by its high quality center differential that locks in a 50/50 front/rear torque split. The top of the line HSE models are equipped with standard self-leveling suspension and rear-obstacle-detection system.
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