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Land Rover: Discovery 2003


NEW YORK, March 26, 2002 - The New York International Auto Show will see the debut of Land Rover's new 2003 Discovery. The latest Land Rover Discovery features a new look, with lineage to the new Range Rover, a revised interior with two all-new trim materials, a number of significant technical enhancements and a more powerful V8 engine.


 2003 Land Rover Discovery
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The new 2003 Discovery retains the stability, assurance and comfort provided by its optional dynamic control systems such as Active Cornering Enhancement (ACE) and Self Leveling Suspension (SLS) and retains its iconic profile while introducing other significant improvements:

  • A new 4.6-litre V8 engine

  • Improved braking and suspension

  • A new Land Rover "Family Face" inspired by the new Range Rover:

  • New twin pocket clear headlamp arrangement

  • New front bumper and grill

  • Revised rear light clusters

  • Two all-new interior trims

  • New equipment including rear Park Distance Control

These new developments not only increase Discovery's remarkable off-road ability but also improve its on-road performance and refinement. The exterior changes provide a prestigious new family look to the 2003 Discovery, while the interior revisions reflect contemporary themes and offer greater customer choice.

2003 Land Rover Discovery
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The new 2003 Discovery is powered by Land Rover's 4.6-litre, 217 bhp all-alloy V8 engine. This engine offers more power and 20 percent more torque than the previous 4.0-litre unit, increasing the vehicle's top speed to 116 mph and cutting the 0-60 mph time to 9.5 seconds.

The unveiling of the latest Discovery marks the third new vehicle launch in a matter of months by Land Rover, part of the Premier Automotive Group of the Ford Motor Company. These include Freelander, which went on sale in December of last year, and the new Range Rover which premiered at the North American International Auto Show in January.

Like the critically acclaimed all-new Range Rover, the new 2003 Discovery is instantly recognizable by its stunning new Land Rover "family face," dominated by twin pocket headlamps providing improved lighting as well as a distinctive look. A new grill and a new front bumper with round fog lamps complement the new headlamp arrangement. There are also visual changes at the rear with revised taillights. The turn indicators have been relocated to the upper vertical light cluster for better visibility to following traffic.

2003 Land Rover Discovery
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The interior features two new colors: "Alpaca" beige and "Land Rover Black." These new color themes give the interior a new ambience, enhancing the spacious feel of the Discovery interior, which can seat up to seven passengers. Improved noise-absorbing materials, body mounts and engine compartment seals improve the refinement of the latest Discovery. The revised profile of the new front bumper not only refreshes the styling of the 2003 Discovery but also improves its cross-country ability over rocky ground thanks to a better angle of approach.

Discovery retains its four-wheel Electronic Traction Control (ETC) and the Hill Descent Control (HDC) system and also features a number of braking and chassis improvements to further enhance on-road handling. The front and rear disc brakes have improved pads and calipers, while the suspension has revised locations for greater refinement.

These improvements can be combined with Discovery's well-proven dynamic control systems of Active Cornering Enhancement (ACE) and Self Leveling Suspension (SLS). The ACE system minimizes roll through bends while the air-sprung SLS system retains a level stance under all load combinations. This combination, allied with wide track axles and revised suspension set-up gives the Discovery handling and passenger comfort unrivalled in its class. Four-channel ABS braking with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) is fitted as standard.

In launching the new 2003 Discovery, Bob Dover, Land Rover managing director said, "The changes made to the 2003 Discovery improve key aspects of the vehicle from its distinctive styling to its on- and off-road performance. The front end styling treatment provides an easily identified family resemblance to the new Range Rover while the new interior treatments complement its spacious packaging. With the chassis and powertrain improvements Land Rover has built on the Discovery's well-known strengths in on-road handling and off-road capability to re-assert the model's class-leading position in the 4x4 marketplace."

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