2005 Land Rover LR3 / Discovery 3
(from Land Rover Press Release) The Land Rover Discovery 3 is an all-new, premium SUV that offers class-leading breadth of capability, innovative user-friendly technology, distinctive design and a spacious interior that can comfortably accommodate up to seven adults.
'A true Land Rover, the Discovery 3 benefits from a clarity of purpose and conviction that is evident from its clean design, versatility and outstanding driving experience. Like all new Land Rovers, it's great to drive on-road, as well as being best-in-class off-road,' said Matthew Taylor, managing director, Land Rover.
The Discovery 3 also introduces sophisticated new technologies, among them Land Rover's patented Terrain Response™ system, previewed on the recent Range Stormer concept car. This optimises driveability and comfort, as well as maximising traction. The driver simply chooses one of five terrain settings via a rotary switch on the centre console: a general driving programme, plus one for slippery conditions (known as 'grass/gravel/snow') and three special off-road modes (mud/ruts, sand, rock crawl). Terrain Response then automatically selects the most appropriate settings for the vehicle’s advanced electronic controls and traction aids – including ride height, engine torque response, hill descent control, electronic traction control and transmission settings.
'With Terrain Response, it's like having an expert alongside you, to help you get the best out of the vehicle whatever the conditions, on-road or off,' added Matthew Taylor.
Another innovation is the Integrated Body-frame™ structure, which has allowed Land Rover to deliver all the comfort, refinement and on-road attributes of a monocoque, while continuing to set new standards in off-road performance. The Discovery 3 also features adaptive headlights that swivel with the direction of travel to illuminate the road ahead.
Dynamic on-road performance
Dynamic on-road performance is a top
priority for the Discovery 3. The top-of-the-range engine is a specially
developed 4.4-litre version of Jaguar’s acclaimed V8 petrol engine.
Changes for Land Rover use include increased capacity (from 4.2-litres),
more low-end torque, enhanced dust- and water-proofing, and revised
breathing to enable the car to wade rivers as well as cruise highways.
In Land Rover guise, the engine must also be able to run at acute angles
for extreme off-road use.
'The design of the Discovery 3 is derived
from its capability. Everything you see has been done for a reason,'
said design director Geoff Upex. 'The priority was to give the
passengers and driver a superb cabin environment, with more headroom and
greater comfort. It has big, deep glazing, because that provides greater
airiness and a better view.’