Architectural Shapes & Premium Materials
The facia has a simple, geometric look. It utilises the Land Rover design language initiated in the latest Range Rover: very architectural, with clear vertical and horizontal lines. There is large instrumentation, plus good-sized, tactile and intuitive controls. Switches are kept to a minimum – the built-in technology, including Land Rover’s new Terrain Response system, can do much of the work for the driver.
The facia moulding is in Thermoplastic Urethane (TPU), which has a luxury feel, resists fade caused by sunlight and has fewer plasticisers to reduce the mist deposited on the inside of the windscreen. The facia is supported on a die-cast magnesium alloy cross-beam that is both light and strong, and provides precise mounting – improving finish and reducing any propensity to rattle.
The top panel for the facia is designed for pleasing looks, feel and longevity. Controls that are used regularly, such as facia vents, typically have a rubberised finish, to improve touch and boost their premium feel.
Roof trim and door pillar trim are soft fabric, and all grab handles are damped. Two roof-mounted consoles provide interior lighting, with separate lights for the third-row passengers. Low-level ‘waterfall’ lighting is incorporated into the front dome lamp, and is activated when the headlamps are turned on.
When the alpine roof is specified, full width blinds provide shade and extra privacy.
Carpets are soft but hard wearing. They are also easily cleaned, helped by the sill-free body design, to assist sweeping out the cabin.
Air Conditioning On All Models
Air conditioning is standard on all Discovery 3 models and comes in two forms, manually operated and automatic. Both include a particulate filter to remove pollutants in both fresh air and recirculating modes, and four facia-mounted adjustable vents with thumbwheel shut-offs. There is an additional lap cooler vent for the driver beneath the steering wheel. Airflow is also directed at the windscreen, side windows and front footwells. For the second row of seats, there are two vents at the back of the centre console.
On higher level vehicles, fully automatic temperature control is used. This system automatically uses the air conditioning and heater to maintain a constant temperature. The temperature is selected using separate facia-mounted controls for driver and passenger. Both sides operate independently.
In selected hot-weather markets, the system can also be specified with optional rear air conditioning and heating. The rear cabin temperature can also be controlled separately.
In cold-weather markets, an additional 5kW fuel-burning heater supplements the heat generated by the TDV6 diesel engine.