2012 LAND ROVER DISCOVERY
Like its Range Rover platform mate, the 2012 Discovery 4 will bring a number of styling, comfort and convenience updates. These will be followed in the new year by a new eight-speed auto, a rotary gear-shift and steering-mounted paddle shifters.
In November, Discovery 4 buyers will have the choice of two new option packs, along with improved entertainment and navigation systems.
In the cabin, the 2012 Discovery 4 gets a new colour screen for the entry-level audio system - replacing the current monochrome unit. Bluetooth is also standard, and USB and iPod connectivity is available as an option.
A new non-navigation touch-screen is also now available with the audio system, and the Premium Harmon Kardon Logic 7 audio system now features 17 speakers and 825W of power.
The two new option packs to be offered - the Technology Pack and the Vision Assist Pack - will likely appeal to two distinct groups of buyers.
The Technology Pack includes Premium Navigation incorporating 4x4i off-road navigation, as well as 'Say What You See' voice activation and Parking Aids for the front and rear with rear view cameras.
The Vision Assist Pack has Xenon Adaptive Front Headlamps including Cornering Lamps, Automatic Headlamps with High Beam Assist and the Surround Camera System including Approach Lamps, Tow Assist and Tow Hitch Assist.
The rear gains a single slot DVD drive in the audio head unit, replacing the previous six DVD Changer accessed through the luggage compartment.
The rear seat audio system is operated by the new WhiteFire wireless technology cordless headphones, and can also be controlled by remote control.
The system supports connectivity with games consoles and video playback of MP4 files stored on USB.
For 2012, the phonebook capacity for the Discovery 4 has increased significantly from 700 entries to several thousand. The TFT Message Centre interface has been redesigned to display audio, phone and navigational information.
There are also new chrome-trimmed steering column stalks with clearer symbols, along with a new pebble-like design to the smart key.
The 2012 Discovery 4 gets a new 19-inch alloy wheel design as standard on the HSE model. The 2011 HSE wheel will now be standard with the SDV6 SE variant, while a 20-inch five-split-spoke wheel design and extended satin black roof rails will be available across the range as an option.
Pricing and Availability
Australian pricing and availability will be revealed closer to the updated Land Rover Discovery's November launch.