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LAND ROVER Discovery Series/Models Timeline, Specifications and Pictures

Generations: 10
First production year: 1990
Engines: Diesel, Gasoline
Body style: SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle)
 

2017 - Present

The 2017 Land Rover Discovery was a completely new model, designed from the ground up. But, somehow, succeeded to keep the original cues of the Discovery Series I with its specific two-stage roof. At the front, the 2017 model featured a smaller grille than on the models before. The idea behind the concept was to make the car more aerodynamic than its predecessors. That wasn't too hard si...

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diesel engines:

  LAND ROVER Discovery 2.0 SD4 8AT (240 HP)

  LAND ROVER Discovery 3.0 V6 Si6 8AT (340 HP)

  LAND ROVER Discovery 3.0 V6 TD6 8AT (258 HP)

2013 - Present

Despite using the LR4 name, the 2013 Discovery was more of a significant facelift for the third generation of the well-known Land Rover model than a completely new vehicle. After Ford sold the Land Rover brand to Tata Industries, the Indian holding invested a big chunk of money into the R&D department. New engines, new options, and new transmissions were adopted to make the Discovery a mu...

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gasoline engines:

  LAND ROVER Discovery - LR4 3.0L SCV6 8AT (340 HP)

diesel engines:

  LAND ROVER Discovery - LR4 3.0L SDV6 8AT (256 HP)

2009 - 2013

Introduced for the first time at the 2009 New York Auto Show, The Land Rover Discovery 4 lures its potential owners with a more refined and upper class feel. The premium SUV from Land Rover comes with a completely redesigned center console, dashboard and seats. The new Discovery, named LR4 in the US market, sees a more aerodynamic facelift, LED lights front and rear, new suspension components, r...

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2004 - 2009

The third generation of the Discovery was launched in 2004 and the much-awaited upgrade was kind of a disappointment. The LR3 designation was for the U.S. market, continuing the LR2 name, which was assigned to the Land Rover Freelander 2. While the first two generations had live axles, the LR3 was introduced with all-wheel independent air-suspension. That allowed the vehicle to increase or decre...

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2002 - 2004

While the second generation of the Discovery was marketed as evolution more than a revolution, the 2002 model was just a minor facelift. In 1998, Land Rover thought that electronics could replace the old-school mechanical parts that transformed a regular 4x4 into a serious off-road vehicle. Shortly after, it noticed the hard way that a computer-controlled traction system cannot replace the lo...

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1999 - 2002

The second generation of Discovery was marketed starting with 1999. By this time, focus fell on the Discovery not as an utilitarian vehicle, but a larger, safer city car. That meant changing the interior to make it more comfortable and suitable for everyday use. The rear body received an extension in order to maximize boot space which later turned out to affect the cars stability off-road. A new...

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1994 - 1999

In 1994, Land Rover improved the Discovery range in both versions: the 3- and the 5-doors. It brought several modifications to comply with the new safety and emissions regulations. Land Rover didn't have the habit of doing a facelift to its vehicles. Usually, they just named-it as a new series. That's why, on some markets, the 1994 Discovery was named Discovery II, even though it wa...

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1994 - 1999

It was the last stint for the first generation of the Discovery, and Land Rover improved the aged SUV in many areas, preparing it for the next generation. The British carmaker didn't make that many changes over the years to the Discovery as it did in 1994, and on some markets, it even named it Discovery II, even though it was just a refresh that brought external and internal modification...

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1990 - 1994

Land Rover made a stunt move and introduced a more affordable version for the Range Rover when introducing a three-door Discovery on the market in 1990. Like the Range Rover, the Discovery started its career as a three-door only off-road vehicle. In the following year, it added another set of doors for the rear passengers. But it was the first version that conquered the hearts (and pockets) o...

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1990 - 1994

The 5-door version of the first series Discovery wasn't that different from the 3-door version. They had the same number seats, except for a extra row in the 5-door version which sat in the boot. This larger version was launched a year later as opposed to the 3-door version in hopes of capturing a wider segment of the market. Initially, Land Rover launched only the 3 door version in order t...

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