The New Discovery 3

Making its world debut at The Sunday Times Motor Show Live at Birmingham is the powerful and refined Land Rover Discovery 3 TDV6. Equipped with an advanced common-rail 2.7-litre power unit, the Land Rover Discovery 3 TDV6 is set to redefine a market that Land Rover has made its own.

Matthew Taylor, Land Rover's managing director says of the new vehicle: ‘The all-new Land Rover Discovery 3 is the purest expression of 21st Century Land Rover. It is modern, boldly designed, packed with high technology and has the broadest breadth of capability in its class. Now with the addition of this new engine, that has already earned critical acclaim in its Jaguar form, the new Discovery 3 TDV6 will offer outstanding power, responsiveness and refinement to our customers when it goes on sale later this year.’

Anticipated to be the major seller both in the UK and in Europe the 2.7-litre, V6, direct-injection, turbocharged diesel engine develops 140 kW (190 bhp) of power. This is coupled with an impressive 440 Nm (325 lb ft) of torque at less than 1,900 rpm endowing the Discovery 3 TDV6 with excellent drivability. The 24-valve engine features the latest technology including a high-pressure common-rail fuel supply, fast-acting electronically-controlled injectors and a turbocharger with variable nozzle control.

The TDV6 engine is extensively developed to meet the unique demands of Land Rover. Its oil sump has pick up points designed to operate at extreme angles and the front crank oil seal is modified to guard against ingress from water, mud or slurry during wading or other off-road driving conditions.

Also unique to its Land Rover application, the TDV6 turbo-diesel has an aluminium ladder frame at the bottom of the crankcase to improve rigidity.

The all-aluminium, 4.4-litre V8 petrol engine provides a powerful alternative. Developing 220 kW (295 bhp) of power and 425 Nm (314 lb ft) of torque, this power unit features Variable Camshaft Timing that means the engine responds instantly to driving demands. Maximum fuel efficiency is provided by multi-hole fuel injectors and a 32-valve layout.

Power is fed through a manual or automatic ZF six-speed gearbox on the new diesel model. The automatic unit is standard for the V8 petrol engine. A two-speed transfer box shares the drive between the front and rear axles and features an electrically-controlled locking differential. A similar unit is optional in the rear differential for maximum off-road traction.

The Discovery 3 is based on Land Rover’s innovative Integrated Body-Frame™ structure, which allows Land Rover to deliver all the comfort, refinement and on-road poise of a monocoque, while continuing to set new standards in off-road performance.

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Published : 30/05/04 Author : Melanie Carter

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