The Land Rover Discovery was substantially revised late last year with a new look and technical upgrades, which keep Discovery as the leader of the pack in the full-size SUV sector.
With over 700 revisions to the car, the most notable change was to the styling, which gave Discovery Range Rover–style twin pocket headlamps. This was more than just a cosmetic change; Land Rover's philosophy of constant product evolution has resulted in new lights, which gives the car brighter illumination and improved range of beam.
A new front bumper resulted in a fresh appearance, integrated front fog-lamps compliment the new headlamps and the new bumper gives a revised approach angle, which enables Discovery to tackle even more severe off-road terrain.
To enhance the Discovery's off-road ability still further, customers may now specify a locking centre differential. This distributes the engine power equally between the driving axles, reducing the risk of wheel slip and improving Discovery's already impressive performance in the rough.
With Active Cornering Enhancement (ACE) - a unique feature of the Discovery - a system that uses fast-reacting computer controlled hydraulic actuators to reduce body roll, the Discovery is more than the traditional 4x4. ACE makes the Discovery as nimble and comfortable on-road as it is adept off-road.
Revisions to the braking system give improved sensitivity, pedal travel and feel. All models are equipped with anti-lock braking (ABS), electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and disc brakes all round.
The Discovery is available in five and seven seat guises and in both derivatives all the seats are forward facing. This option coupled with a choice of V8 petrol or the economical yet powerful Td5 diesel engine, with the availability of manual or automatic transmission, makes the Discovery a versatile choice for many.
For 2004, Discovery receives additional revisions, which will enhance its appeal still further with families. All models now receive the ISOFIX child seat fixing system. This simple, yet universally agreed standard enables any suitably equipped child seat which has been approved for use in a Discovery, to be fitted, easily and securely to the vehicle.
Additionally all Discovery models are now fitted with Automatic Drive-Away Locking. This fully automatic system locks all of the doors as the vehicle moves away. The system automatically unlocks all of the doors, whenever the engine is switched off, or when any of the occupants wish to leave.
There are also other detail improvements for Discovery; entry models now receive electrically heated door mirrors and in-car entertainment is enhanced on middle and upper trim level vehicles, which are now equipped with a single-slot CD player.Published 19 September 2003