Land Rover milks one more year out of the Discovery for 2015, receives minor updates

Land Rover recently announced to be prolonging the life of the current Discovery 4, also known to us as the LR4, for the 2015 model year as the brand prepares to introduce their all-new next-generation Discovery 5. The Discovery 5 was previewed as the Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept at the 2014 New York Auto Show earlier this year.

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The Discovery also celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and as a result, Land Rover introduced a special edition model to help celebrate the moment. The special model incorporates a unique two-tone Ebony/Cirrus Windsor leater interior with Grand Black Lacquer or Straight Grained Walnut wood, a leather steering wheel, and Land Rover’s latest InControl App and infotainment system.

Power is supplied by the brand’s new base 3.0L supercharged V6 good for 340hp and 332 lb-ft of torque mated to a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic with CommandShift and Sport mode. All of the Discovery/LR4’s off-road equipment remains standard, including the single-speed transfer case 4WD system with a two-speed transfer case system optional. Don’t forget about Land Rover’s trick Terrain Response system.

Check out the press release after the jump.

2015 Land Rover LR4 Capability, Confidence And Comfort

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Debut of New InControl™ Apps Smartphone Integration

US Models and MSRP2

LR4                              $50,400

LR4 HSE                       $55,300

LR4 HSE LUX               $60,600

New for 2015 LR4

  • New connectivity with Land Rover InControl™ Apps and smartphone integration4
  • New standard side-steps
  • Newly available option of distinct Ebony/Cirrus Dual-tone Windsor Leather seats and wood and leather steering wheel
  • New fourth design for available 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Four new exterior colors

At-A-Glance

  • The Land Rover LR4 is a luxurious all-purpose, all-terrain SUV, available with three-row seating for seven adults
  • Exceptional on-road comfort coupled with rugged off-road capability
  • Integrated body-frame construction features a steel unibody mounted on a  rigid boxed full frame
  • Four-wheel independent, height-adjustable air suspension
  • 3.0-liter V6 supercharged gasoline engine with Intelligent Stop-Start;  340hp and 332 lb.-ft. torque
  • 8-speed ZF automatic transmission with CommandShift® and Sport mode
  • Single speed transfer case 4WD system is standard and a two-speed transfer case 4WD system is available
  • Terrain Response® system enhances all-terrain performance1
  • Meridian™ audio systems

(MAHWAH, N.J.) – June 11, 2014 – Land Rover, which last year re-powered the LR4 with a new supercharged V6 engine and 8-speed automatic transmission, for 2015 has equipped this full-capability luxury SUV with the Land Rover InControl™ Apps and smartphone integration4. The new system brings the familiarity of compatible smartphone apps into the vehicle, with access from a connected phone through the standard touchscreen.

The 2015 LR4 also adds the convenience of new standard side steps, which help make entering and exiting the vehicle easier. New exterior colors and interior trim options round out the changes for this award-winning, full-capability luxury SUV.

The choice of two different 4WD systems introduced for 2014 continues in the 2015 LR4. The standard single-speed Torsen® transfer case 4WD system offers capability that will suit many drivers. The available Heavy Duty Package, for customers who take the LR4 into difficult off-road situations, features a two-speed transfer case 4WD system and also includes an active locking rear differential and a full-size spare tire.

New Luxurious Design Features

Land Rover customers who value individualization appreciate that Land Rover traditionally adds new color and trim options each year. The 2015 LR4 adds four new exterior colors, including Aruba, Kaikoura Stone, Montalcino Red and, with later availability, a new metallic white called Yulong. A new 5-split spoke forged alloy wheel with a light silver polished finish becomes the fourth choice for 20-inch wheels for the 2015 LR4.

Luxury options also grow with the addition of the distinct Ebony/Cirrus Dual-tone Windsor Leather seats and wood and leather-wrapped steering wheel. In addition, a Straight Grained Walnut wood and leather steering wheel is also newly available.

InControl™ Apps Expand Infotainment and Connectivity

Land Rover has extended its InControlTM Apps capability to the LR4 for 2015, bringing new smartphone integration and convenience4.Land Rover worked with leading smartphone app developers to offer compatibility with the latest Apple® and Android smartphones. Optimized for in-car use, Land Rover InControlTMApps offers services such as satellite navigation, media streaming, Internet radio and location services, along with easy access to the connected phone’s contacts, calendar and music library4.

Owners can download the free Land Rover InControlTM Apps to their smartphone from either the Apple App Store (for iPhone® 5 and later) or Google Play (for Android version 4.0 and later). Connecting the compatible smartphone via USB port brings the apps’ functionality to the vehicle’s standard infotainment system touchscreen4.Compatible apps include iHeartRadio for Auto, Stitcher, Glympse, Sygic, Parkopedia, Hotelseeker, Cityseeker, Eventseeker, News on Board and MobileDay, the latter enabling one-touch access to voice conference calls without the need to dial a number. Land Rover continues to expand the available apps, with new content available every time the apps update.

Veritably Defining “Full Capability” in a Luxury SUV

Renowned for its impeccable blend of on-road comfort and off-road capability, the LR4 uses integrated body-frame construction, featuring a steel unibody mounted on a rigid boxed full frame. The innovative — Terrain Response® system1 allows the driver to tailor the vehicle’s capabilities to the prevailing road conditions. The four-wheel independent, height-adjustable air suspension helps adapt the LR4 to varying situations or weather conditions. The driver can select from four settings, including Access (lowers the vehicle for easier ingress/egress), Standard, Off-Road and Extended.

INTERIOR

The Land Rover LR4 provides ample room for up to seven adults, with 37.6-inch legroom in the second row seats and 36.3-inch for the third row seats – both measurements similar to the rear seat room in a midsize sedan. With the second row seats in use and the third row folded, the LR4 offers a generous

42.1 cu.-ft. of carrying space, which more than doubles to 90.3 cu.-ft. with the middle row folded forward.

All occupants in a Land Rover LR4 enjoy the skyward view through a standard Alpine Roof, which combines a power glass sunroof over the front seats with stationary glass panels over the second and third rows. A choice of natural-finish woods, along with stitched and wrapped dashboard, door casings, and center console add to the ambiance of fine craftsmanship in the Land Rover LR4.

The center console is inclined towards the driver for easy access to its controls. A 5-inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT) driver information LCD screen is located within the instrument cluster, and the Terrain Response® control is prominently located at the front of the center console. The steering wheel, which is adjustable for tilt and reach, features controls for driver information, audio system, phone, cruise control, and for the optional heated steering wheel.

The Land Rover LR4 HSE LUX includes the Extended Windsor Leather Package as standard and features driver’s power-adjustable side bolsters. The package includes premium soft Windsor leather with twin-stitch detailing to the top of the dashboard and doors, armrest and grab handles and also around the instrument cluster.

EXTERIOR

The Land Rover LR4 conveys a strong brand identity with a distinct design heritage. The LR4 is about the length of a midsize sedan at 190.1-inches. That dimension, along with a 37.57-foot turning circle, helps make the LR4 easily maneuverable. The optional Black Design Package adds gloss black treatments to the grille, fender vents, door handles, mirror caps, and badging. A satin black finish is applied to the extended roof rails.

The exterior side-view mirrors help improve aerodynamics and also facilitate the available Blind Spot Monitoring, Closing Vehicle Sensing and Reverse Traffic Detection systems1 and also house cameras for the Surround Camera System1. The mirrors in addition house the auxiliary turn signals, plus approach lamps that project a unique vehicle insignia on the ground below.

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION

The 3.0-liter V6 combines high compression (10.5:1), direct fuel injection, a dual independent variable cam timing (DIVCT) system and an engine-driven supercharger to deliver comparable performance to the V8. The V6 produces 340hp at 6,500 rpm. Peak torque of 332 lb.-ft. is available from 3,500-5,000 rpm, giving the LR4 outstanding flexibility in everyday driving.

The lightweight die-cast block is reinforced with cross-bolted main bearing caps to increase rigidity and refinement. A Roots-type twin vortex supercharger is mounted in the engine’s “V,” and a liquid-cooled intercooler reduces the temperature of the intake air to optimize power and efficiency.

Counter-rotating front and rear balancer weights help endow the supercharged V6 with impeccable smoothness and refinement. A pressure die-cast deep oil sump accommodates the extreme tilting angles (up to 45 degrees) that Land Rover vehicles can be subjected to during all-terrain driving. The engine’s belt drives are waterproofed, as are the alternator, air-conditioning compressor, power steering pump and starter motor.

The Intelligent Stop/Start system uses a twin-solenoid starter, enabling the system to restart the engine more quickly than it takes for the driver’s foot to move from the brake pedal to the accelerator.

The 8-speed ZF® automatic offers a broad spread of ratios for an optimally balanced combination of performance and efficiency. Steering wheel paddles allow manual shifting control.

An Intelligent Power Management System includes smart regenerative charging. When possible, the alternator charges the battery when it is most economical to do so, such as when the vehicle is coasting rather than accelerating.

Choice of 4WD Transfer Cases

The Land Rover LR4 offers a choice between two 4WD systems. The standard 4WD system uses a single-speed transfer case, which weighs 40 lbs (18kg) less than the optional two-speed transfer case and features a mechanical Torsen® center differential that provides a 42:58 front-rear torque split.

The two-speed transfer case 4WD system is available as part of the new optional Heavy Duty Package, which also equips the LR4 with an active locking center and rear differentials and a full-size spare tire. The two-speed case offers high and low range, with an electronically controlled infinitely variable locking center differential for the most demanding off-road conditions.

TERRAIN RESPONSE®

Terrain Response® is a fully integrated system that is designed to manage multiple vehicle parameters to provide ideal traction in varying situations1. The system manages:

  • Engine Management
  • Transmission Control: When Terrain Response® special programs are engaged, different transmission shift mappings are applicable, depending on the mode chosen. The transmission control module also manages torque converter lock-up, which has different requirements depending on the selected Terrain Response® mode.
  • Electronic Traction Control and Anti-lock Brakes: These slip- and braking-control systems are all adjusted and tuned by Terrain Response® to offer optimum grip, braking power and safety on the chosen terrain.
  • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC): DSC is designed to stop torque to a wheel after loss of traction, but in some off-road situations torque feed is still desirable, even when traction is being lost1.Terrain Response® automatically adjusts the DSC so that appropriate torque is maintained.
  • Locking center differential (electronic control only with Heavy Duty Package two-speed transfer case)
  • Active locking rear differential (included with optional Heavy Duty Package)
  • Terrain Response® optimizes the vehicle set-up for virtually all on-road or off-road driving situations, with five different settings to suit specific terrain demands1:
    • General driving: Four-wheel drive active, and adapts to changing road conditions.
    • Grass/Gravel/Snow: For low friction surfaces. The system is designed to provide high traction control sensitivity to reduce slip, and programs the engine, transmission, and differentials to provide gradual torque delivery.
    • Sand: One of the most power-hungry surfaces is soft sand. Sand Launch Control makes for an easier drive-away. Speed-dependent targets for the traction control system permit only very limited wheel slip, helping to prevent the wheels digging down into the sand.
    • Mud and Ruts: To preserve forward momentum, this setting allows more aggressive traction thresholds in muddy and rutted surfaces and uses preloading on differentials for increased traction.
    • Rock Crawl (only with Heavy Duty Package): For low-speed movement over rocky terrain. The Rock Crawl program applies low-level brake pressure when the vehicle is in First or Reverse gears at speeds below 3 mph (5km/h). This low-level brake force reduces the vehicle’s tendency to move fore/aft, and provides active intervention of the traction control system, giving a more composed drive over rocky terrain. The transmission delays upshifts.

Other features integrated into Terrain Response®:

Hill Descent Control (HDC®) is designed to automatically restrict speed downhill, using the anti-lock brake system, and to improve driver control on slippery descents1. HDC® is automatically engaged on appropriate Terrain Response® programs, and downhill speed rates vary according to which surface is selected.

Gradient Release Control is designed to inhibit the initial rate of acceleration when descending steep inclines, in order to increase control when braking is released at extreme angles1.

The system activates automatically whenever HDC® is engaged, temporarily maintaining brake pressure after the driver releases the brake pedal. It then progressively eases braking pressure to control vehicle momentum and acceleration. Once the vehicle’s target off-road speed is achieved, HDC operates to take

the vehicle to the bottom of the slope in a composed manner. Hill Start Assist is designed to automatically retain the driver-generated brake pressure when the driver’s foot moves from brake to throttle without the vehicle rolling backward1.

TOWING

The 2015 Land Rover LR4 has a 7,716-lb (3,500kg) towing capacity with a braked trailer, and is available with an integrated factory trailer hitch receiver. The Trailer Stability Assist function of Dynamic Stability Control detects trailer oscillations by monitoring key vehicle behaviors, such as steering movements and slight vehicle motions in relation to trailer behavior1. The system can initiate engine torque reduction and individual wheel braking interventions to assist in stabilizing the trailer.

The optional Surround Camera System, which is part of the Vision Assist Package for the LR4 HSE and HSE LUX models, can help the driver to perform accurate, safe towing maneuvers1. The system’s five cameras relay to the touch-screen a near 360-degree view of the vehicle and allow zooming.

The wide views from the side cameras give a clear picture of the reversing trailer. The images are electronically manipulated to provide an undistorted view, with guide lines overlaid on the rear camera image to illustrate both the vehicle and trailer’s trajectory. Specific characteristics such as type of trailer, number of axles, and width guides can be entered into the system to fine-tune guidance.

INTERIOR TECHNOLOGIES

The available hard disc drive navigation system offers features such as TMC (Traffic Message Channel), Voice and Off-Road guidance4. The Points of Interest (POI) function has been extended. POIs can also be downloaded from the Internet and personalized with name, icon and audible warnings. A ‘My POI’ category is included, and POIs can be uploaded from a USB stick in ‘GPX’ format. An “Avoid Points” function can be accessed from Stored Locations and used during route planning.

In the navigation display, highway overhead signs are displayed in split screen junction view to show a more representative display of lane and road signs ahead. There’s also a Map Auto Zoom function which, when enabled, automatically zooms in on intersections or highway junctions as they are approached1,4.

Two great British brands come together inside the 2015 LR4 Land Rover, with audio systems by Meridian™. The LR4 offers clean, powerful sound through a standard 380-Watt Meridian™ sound system with 11 speakers, or an optional 825-Watt Meridian™ system with 17 speakers5. An available Rear Seat Entertainment (RSE) system is equipped with a single-slot DVD drive in the audio head unit so the disc can be conveniently loaded from the front seats.

The Rear Seat Entertainment system incorporates WhiteFire™ cordless headphones and can be controlled by wireless remote control. The system supports connectivity with game consoles and video playback of MP4 files stored on a USB device. The phonebook stores several thousand entries, while the TFT Message Center interface displays audio, phone and navigational information.

The Portable Audio Interface, located in the center console, allows connectivity to an array of personal audio storage devices, including iPod® devices, USB sticks and MP3 players. Their functions can be accessed and controlled through the dashboard’s touch-screen system4.

The headlights incorporate available Automatic High Beam Assist, which can automatically switch on high beam headlights where external light levels are below the system’s threshold1. Importantly, the system is also designed to detect traffic ahead, and in a split second will automatically switch back to low beam to avoid dazzling others.

1These systems are not a substitute for driving safely with due care and attention and will not function under all circumstances, speeds, weather and road conditions, etc. Driver should not assume that these systems will correct errors of judgment in driving.  Please consult the owner’s manual or your local authorized Land Rover Retailer for more details.

2Price shown is MSRP. Excludes $925 destination and delivery fee. Excludes taxes, title, license and other local fees. Actual price set by retailer. See your local authorized Land Rover Retailer for details.

3Always obey local speed limits

4 Driving while distracted can result in loss of vehicle control.  Do not operate, adjust or view the navigation or multimedia systems under conditions that will affect your safety or the safety of others. Only use devices with voice commands when it is safe to do so.

5 Power ratings are at a practically audio distortion free level of 0.2% THD + N (Total Harmonic Distortion plus Noise).

6 All figures are EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.

2015 Land Rover LR4 Technical Data*

 

Engine  
Configuration 90-degree V6, aluminum-alloy cylinder block and heads  
Displacement 2,995cc      
Bore x Stroke 84.5mm x 89.0mm    
Compression ratio 10.5:1      
Valvetrain Chain-driven double overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, torque-activated Dual Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (DIVCT)  
Fuel/Induction Direct fuel injection; Eaton twin-vortex supercharger and dual intercoolers  
Ignition Direct      
Horsepower 340 @ 6,500 rpm      
Torque 332 lb.-ft. @ 3,500-5,000 rpm    
Emissions

compliance

ULEV 2      
Fuel requirement Premium      
Drivetrain  
Transmission ZF eight-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with

CommandShift® (Normal, Sport and Manual shift modes); locking torque converter

 
Transfer gearbox Standard: Single-speed electronic transfer gearbox with Torsen® mechanical locking center differential

Optional: Two-speed electronic transfer gearbox with shift-on-the-move capability; electronically controlled, infinitely variable locking center differential and active rear differential

Transfer gear ratio: 2.93

 
Drive system Permanent four-wheel drive with four-wheel Electronic Traction Control (4ETC)  
Dynamic control

Systems1

Dynamic systems include: All-terrain Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Active Roll

Mitigation (ARM), Cornering Brake Control (CBC) and Hill Descent Control (HDC®)

with Gradient Release Control (GRC).

 
Terrain Response®1 Modifies response of engine, transmission, differentials, dynamic systems (DSC,

4ETC, HDC) and air suspension. Multi-mode system to maximize traction and control in a variety of driver-selectable settings: General (optimizing systems for most normal driving conditions), Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Ruts, Sand (Heavy Duty Package adds Rock Crawl mode)

 
Chassis/Structure Integrated body-frame with hydroformed members and advanced high-strength

steels, including boron steel in the A and B pillars.

Body panels made from double-sided zinc-coated steel and aluminum alloy

 
Suspension 4-wheel independent Electronic air suspension with automatic load-leveling and

multiple modes: Access, Standard, Off-Road and Extended Height. Terrain sensing software and cross-link valving for improved off-road performance

 
     Front Double wishbone; long-travel variable-rate computer-controlled air springs: gas-

filled shock absorbers, anti-roll bar. Vertical wheel travel: 10-inches (255 mm)

 
     Rear Double-wishbone with long-travel variable rate computer-controlled air springs with

cross-valving and gas-filled shock absorbers Vertical wheel travel: 13-inches (330 mm)

 
Brakes Power-assisted 4-wheel disc with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD),

4-channel all-terrain Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)1, and electronic parking brake

 

 
  Front rotors 14.2-inchs dia. (360 mm), ventilated
  Rear rotors 13.8-inchs dia. (350 mm), ventilated

 

 

  Steering Speed-sensitive power-assisted rack-and-pinion
  Turns, lock-to-lock 3.32
  Turning circle 37.6 ft.
  Wheels 19 x 8-inches aluminum alloy (20-in. available)
  Tires 255/55R-19 performance all-season
  Exterior Dimensions  
  Coefficient of drag

(Cd)

0.40
  Wheelbase 113.6-inches (2,885 mm)
  Length 190.1-inches (4,829 mm)
  Width With mirrors: 85.7-inches (2,176 mm)

Excluding mirrors: 75.4-inches (1,915 mm)

  Height (at standard ride height) 74.3 in. (1,887 mm)
  Track (front/rear) 63.2/63.5-inches (1,605/1,613 mm)
  Min. ground

clearance

Standard mode: 7.3-inches (185 mm)

Off-road mode: 9.5-inches (240 mm)

  Angle of approach 32.2-36.2 deg. (range with EAS in Standard and Off-Road modes)
  Angle of departure 26.7-29.6 deg. (range with EAS in Standard and Off- Road modes)
  Ramp breakover

angle

22.8-27.3 deg. (range with EAS in Standard and Off- Road modes)
  Max. wading depth 27.6 -inches (700 mm) (Off-Road mode)
  Ascent/descent 45/40 deg. drive-through

35/35 deg. continuous

  Base curb weight 5,655 lbs.
  Max roof-rack load 165 lbs.
  Towing capacity Braked trailer: 7,716 lbs.

Unbraked trailer: 1,653 lbs.

  Max tongue weight 551 lbs.
  Interior Dimensions  
  Seating capacity 5 or 7
  Headroom (front /rear/3rd) 40.4/42.4/40.1-inches (1,027/1,076/1,018 mm)
  Legroom  (front /rear/3rd) 42.4/37.6/36.3-inches (1,078/955/923 mm)
  Shoulder room

(front /rear/3rd)

59/59.2/42.8-inches (1,499/1,503/1,087 mm)
  Max. loadspace

Length

Behind 1st row: 76.8-inches (1,950 mm)

Behind 2nd row: 44.3-inches (1,125.2mm)

Behind 3rd row: 13.3-inches (337.8 mm)

  Width between

wheel housings

45.1-inches (1,146 mm)
  Max. cargo area

Width

48.6-inches (1,235 mm)
  Cargo space

(Cu. Feet) (7-seat)

90.3 behind first row, 42.1 behind second row, 9.9 behind third row
  Performance  
         0-60 mph3  7.7 seconds
         0-100 km/h3  8.1 seconds
         Max. track speed3 121 mph
    Fuel Economy:    Estimated City/Highway (Combined) MPG6 15 / 19 (16)
         Fuel capacity 22.8 U.S. gal. (86.3 liters)
             

*Manufacturer’s figures. Correct at time of going to press.

 

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