Who would have thought all of these years ago, that the Discovery would prove to be not only a sales success, but successful enough to be spun out almost into a brand in its own right. The first of these new models to arrive is the Discovery Sport. Think of it not as a replacement for the boxy and still popular full-fat Discovery, but rather a progression of the Freelander.
Land Rover previews the design of the next Discovery with the Discovery Vision Concept, unveiled aboard the USS Intrepid alongside a scale model of the Virgin Atlantic spacecraft at the announcement of a tie-in between the two companies.
Land Rover has created a new special edition - the Discovery XXV Special Edition - to celebrate 25 years since the SUV was first launched. It features unique interior colours, premium Windsor leathers and special exterior badging.
Few will have missed the trend in recent years for 4x4 vehicles to become more car-like. In an age where even the most popular SUVs can be purchased in two wheel-drive form, something happened in Britain that made people think twice about what they want from their family transport. Something that even managed to wash away years of 4x4 hatred and Daily Mail-style hand-wringing. What could possibly be powerful enough to have such an effect? The great British weather. Consecutive winters of heavy snow and deep flood-water made many people realise that, unless you were planning on staying at home in a state of hibernation, owning a genuine 4WD vehicle actually made sound, practical sense. In some parts of the country, it even became a necessity. Is today’s Land Rover Discovery 4 still worthy of such attention?