A British Suv For The World - The Land Rover Discovery 1
Between 1989 and 1998, the Land Rover Discovery was one of the British Rover Group response emerging and later heated contest that SUV is a phenomenon of sorts in automotive history as the 20th century ended.
Beginning with the Jeep Cherokee was introduced In 1984, the market for all-terrain 4x4 utility vehicle never saw a let-up. The Land Rover not fail to notice signs such as the name was synonymous with what is an all-weather all-terrain 4x4 utility vehicle is, since the company began in 1948.
But it was more than that. It was not enough for the rugged masculine attributes of a utility off-roader, but the should have the luxury of comfort that the daily commuting can not live without a daily commuter town. That's what SUVs are about.
The Land Rover SUV Answer
The famous Land Rover we see on the post-war pop culture media ended with the Land Rover Series III in 1985. That was about the time when the SUV started to advance. Rover Group has taken note and had begun to strengthen its Series III with the pre-line defender of all-terrain 4x4 utility vehicles that still harked back to his dated picture with a volatile node the luxury aspect of the SUVs with the optional accessories for their products to achieve SUV appeal.
But that was not enough. Hence you the new Discovery and Defender line later to ensure the wider price-conscious markets where the Range Rover had a more luxurious high-end market focus.
A Cheaper by Design Range Rover
Discovery 1 was first unveiled in the UK market in 1989 with a 3-door model. The larger 5-door version appeared the following year. Simultaneously Japanese counterpart was marketed by its partner Honda and the Honda Crossroad in the Japanese market for a good 10 years ending in 1999, five years after losing the partnership When BMW bought Rover Group in 1994.
If a cheap shadow of the Range Rover, the Discovery was in fact a Range Rover in sheep clothing, but not necessarily poor clothing. It had the internal structure of the Range Rover with all the interior appointments of a Range Rover mock-up that eventually gave the Discovery SUV left standing in the eyes of the markets.
It even had a unique design element as a sunglasses holder right in the middle of the steering wheel, a British Design Award in 1999. A number of functional designs such as related instruments and switches are borrowed from the Montego and Maestro Rover series, including the Freight Rover headlights and tail lights of his Maestro.
Under the hood, the Discovery took off with a two engine options - a 2.5 liter TDI diesel or 3.5 liter V8 engine. In 1994 was introduced in the U.S. adapted to meet the stringent U.S. auto demand. Improvements designed to meet the newer, stricter EU safety standards were added, including a Bosch electronic emissions control, R380 a stronger gearbox, larger headlights, a second set of taillights on the rear bumper and a more comfortable and safer driving.
Other improvements have been made to meet new European road safety standards. A more powerful 4.0L V8 Range Rover SE model was used for the 1996 models and then with a few improvements like a larger, cross-bolted main bearings, revised intake, improved piston and the free distribution GEMS engine management system. The Land Rover Discovery 1 was replaced by the second Discovery 2 lines in 1998.