For 29 years, the Land Rover Discovery has been a staple diet for car owners all over the World looking for durability, ruggedness, space, and bulletproof reliability all housed in an attractive, comfortable car.
British manufacturer Land Rover must have known they were onto a winner when they launched the first version of their Discovery in 1989.
The original car was code-named “Project Jay” (don’t ask us why) and was designed to be a lower price version of the Range Rover but still, prestige’s in its own right by using the chassis and drivetrain of its bigger brother.
The first-generation Discovery was such as success that it ran under this guise for nine years before the Discovery 2 was launched.
Land Rover claimed the second version had over 700 differences compared to its predecessor with three engines choices ranging from a 2.5-litre diesel two to petrol V8 engines at 4 and 4.6-litres respectively.
Land Rover’s dominance of the SUV market in Europe continued and in 2004, the stunning Discovery 3 was launched.
A complete face-lift whilst still retaining the ruggedness of the first two editions was key for the Discovery’s continued success.
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Six-speed gearboxes were also brought into the fray with the 4.0-litre petrol version of the car using the Ford Cologne V6 engine.
All three of the engines used by Land Rover in the Discovery 3 came from their sister company Jaguar and the press lapped up the car lauding it for its state of the art technology such as the Terrain Response System and its stunning looks as well as ongoing reliability and comfort (much like the classic VW Beetle)
In 2009 the Discovery 4 was released with the option of a 5.0-litre V8 engine and then from 2017 the most up to date version, the L462 came to town with an 8-speed ZF Automatic gearbox.
However, it is often regarded as the Discovery 3 that was the car that changed the SUV game in 2004 and to this day remains the most complete Land Rover Discovery still available.
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