The New Land Rover Discovery 3 Interior | Part Two

Land Rover Discovery 3

Land Rover Discovery

Front seats are available with power adjustment, covering fore and aft movement, height and squab recline, plus manual lumbar support adjustment. In addition, the driver’s seat offers electric cushion tilt adjustment. On manual front seats there is fore and aft adjustment and squab recline, plus lumbar support and height adjust on the driver’s seat.

In the five-seat version, the back seats are asymmetrically split (65:35). They fold by lifting the lower cushions and moving the squabs forward, to give a flat loading deck.

In the seven-seat version, the second row features three individual seats. Each folds separately and all retract into the footwell. The two outer seats can also jack-knife forward, to provide easy access to the third-row seats. These also fold flat into the floor, and when all rear seats are down, the huge, flat cargo area is almost two metres long.

On the seven-seat version, the individual folding arrangements for all five rear seats provide anything from a two- to a seven-seat vehicle, with varying formats of load space.

Multiple Stowage Areas

Extensive stowage space was a priority in a vehicle that prides itself on its exceptional practicality and versatility.

In the facia, there are two gloveboxes on the passenger side, and a tray at the base of the front console with a non-slip mat. There is also a coin tray and a clip for tickets and toll slips.

The use of an Electronic Park Brake, rather than a conventional handbrake, liberates extra space in the centre console. A large cubby box, which can hold up to four drink cans, is fitted right behind the console, and this is even available with a cooling system to keep the drinks chilled. The cubby box lid can be folded back to act as a useful tray for rear seat passengers. A mobile phone can be stowed within the cubby box lid, and can be integrated into a hands-free system.

Large cup holders for driver and front seat passenger are fitted in the centre console, and there is an additional folding cup holder for the passenger.

Both front doors have capacious bins, including holders for large bottles of water or soft drink. The rear side doors also have large bins, again big enough for drink bottles. In all, 17.5 litres of drinks can be stowed in a Discovery 3.

Large lower quarter panels in the rear compartment provide stowage space for those sitting in the third row, or secure stowage in the boot area. The top surface includes a cup holder and shallow tray, as well as in-car entertainment controls for the rear-seat passengers. Recesses, closed with nets, are also offered for extra stowage.

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Published 25 June 2004 Melanie Carter

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