Land Rover Discovery 4 facelift drops V8, has 8-speed auto standard

Jaguar/Land Rover has been busy revising and tweaking it range of cars and four-wheel drives, with the Discovery 4 the latest to go under the scalpel.

From the outside you’ll be able to spot the updated Land Rover Discovery 4 (itself an update of the Discovery 3) via its reworked headlights with LED driving lights, a new grille, different alloy wheel designs, and a bold Discovery badge replacing Land Rover on the front edge of the bonnet. The facelift also sees the replacement of the Discovery 4 badge on the boot with just Discovery; in the US the Discovery 4 will still be named LR4.

According to Land Rover, the revised Discovery 4 will feature as standard an 8-speed automatic transmission and automatic engine start/stop. A single-speed transfer box for the four-wheel drive system is now optional; the more off-road capable two-speed transfer box is still available, though.

A 250kW/450Nm 3-litre supercharged V6 petrol engine replaces the 5-litre V8 under the bonnet. The other engine option available will be a 3-litre turbo-diesel V6 in either high power (188kW/600Nm) or low power (155kW/520Nm) form.

To align the Discovery 4 with the rest of the Land Rover/Range Rover and Jaguar range, the optional high-end sound system is now provided by Meridian, not Bowers & Wilkins. The standard sound system features eight speakers and 380W of output, while the Meridian system features 17 speakers and 825W of output. Safety tech now includes wade sensing, blind spot monitoring, reverse traffic monitoring, close vehicle detection and T-Junction cameras.

Power, performance, fuel economy

Engine size/type 3-litre V6 turbocharged 3-litre V6 turbocharged 3-litre V6 supercharged
Fuel Diesel Diesel Petrol
Power 155kW 188kW 250kW
Torque 520Nm 600Nm 450Nm
Fuel economy * 7.8L/100km 8L/100km 11.5L/100km †
CO2 emissions * 207g/km 213g/km 269g/km †
0-100km/h 10.7s ‡ 9.3s 8.1s
Top speed 180km/h 180km/h 195km/h

* EU fuel cycle.
† The US version of the facelifted Discovery 4 drinks 14.1L/100km and 328g/km of CO2 in official testing there.
‡ Performance figure for pre-facelift model.

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]