Land Rover Discovery gets mid-life refresh

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Land Rover Discovery gets mid-life refresh

Land Rover has updated its mid-range Discovery model, with revised styling, a cleaner diesel engine and a greater range of equipment.

The tweaks are designed to keep the fourth-generation Discovery looking and feeling fresh in this ever competitive market segment.

Exterior revisions include a new front grille and bumper and a new headlight configuration, which apes its daytime-running light design from the bigger and more expensive Range Rover.

Buyers will also be able to choose an optional 'Black Design Pack' that endows the Discovery with black detailing and 20-inch alloy wheels.

Perhaps of greater importance to potential owners is that the cleanliness and fuel economy of the car's 3.0-litre SDV6 turbodiesel engine have been improved thanks to the addition of an engine stop-start system.

At 213g/km, C02 emissions have dropped an entire tax band, saving private drivers £195 per year in road tax.

Fuel economy is up from 32.1mpg to 35.3mpg, though power remains unchanged at 252bhp.

Further revisions include the addition of a range of safety and comfort features, including blind spot monitoring, T-junction cameras and Land Rover's unique Wade Sensing technology.

The new car also features 'Discovery' badging on the bonnet in place of the traditional 'Land Rover' nameplate, with the marque attempting to develop it into a brand into its own right, like the hugely successful Range Rover model line.

Land Rover Global Brand Director, John Edwards, said: "The hugely popular Discovery continues to move from strength to strength and the addition of improvements in fuel economy and emissions underpins our commitment to delivering power with sustainability. As one of the world's most stylish, capable and versatile SUVs, the Discovery is the perfect vehicle for people who enjoy living an active lifestyle to the full."

Order books for the refreshed Land Rover Discovery are open now, with the first UK customers expected to receive their cars in November.