Land Rover Discovery Parts And Land Rover Discovery Accessories
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Land Rover, a British car manufacturer, continues to impress the global automotive market with its mid-size luxury SUV. Called the Land Rover Discovery, this five-door SUV is currently in its second generation, although it already received a few model upgrades since its debut way back in 1989. Almost three decades after, the Land Rover Discovery 5, the flagship model of the third generation Discovery, is already in pre-production testing. Land Rover is believed to be looking to release the latest model in 2016 or 2017. Improved design and technology can be expected from the third-generation models.
The first-generation models of Land Rover\'s SUV belong to two classifications: Series I and Series II. The first batch of the Discovery ran from 1989 to 1998 and was first introduced to the UK market. With the alias \'Project Jay\', the first Land Rover Discovery appealed to the consumers for its affordable price, which was a marketing strategy to compete against the SUVs manufactured by the Japanese car makers. It was not until the 1994 model year when the US first had a glimpse of the Discovery. The Series I models for the US market were equipped with a 3.9-liter to 4.0-liter V8 engine.
By 1999, the Series II was launched in the US. Advertised to have 720 upgrades, the Series II Discovery featured improvements with its interior and exterior designs, but still maintaining the Series I form. This line was in production from 1998 to 2004, and was paired with either a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual transmission.
Land Rover released its new version of its mid-size SUV in 2004. The Discovery 3, or the LR3 in North America, was the flagship model of the second-generation Land Rover SUV. Dropping the Series moniker, Land Rover went with the Discovery 3 nameplate instead, but decided to brand the same model as LR3 for the North American market. It is believed that Land Rover adjusted to the region\'s preference of alphanumeric model designations. The Land Rover LR3 stayed on the market until 2008 and was succeeded by the Discovery 4 or LR4.
The Discovery LR4 rolled out by 2009, and it featured an updated version of the familiar Integrated Body Frame structure from the previous model. It came with either a V6 or V8 engine, with the option of a six-speed manual, a six-speed automatic, or an eight-speed automatic for the transmission. The LR4 models continue to receive upgrades on the transmission and the engine, and are still available at present.
Fifteen years after the second-generation models of the Discovery were introduced, Land Rover has been reported to be eyeing a 2016 or a 2017 release of the Discovery 5 or LR5. The latest model of this SUV has been reported to don the trademark stepped roofline, a smoother body style, an improved fuel economy, and a bevy of new technologies. The new Discovery models are also expected to maintain the increasing global sales record of the SUV line.