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Friday, February 22, 2013

Discovery 4 Wins Australia's Best Cars - Best All-Terrain 4WD Award

The Discovery 4 3.0 SDV6 SE has collected the Best All-Terrain 4WD Award for 2012, again.

Not only is it the fourth consecutive year that the Discovery 4 has brought home the gold, it marks an incredible eight consecutive years that the Land Rover Discovery has won the Best All-Terrain 4WD Award, proving once again it is still the benchmark for all-terrain SUV's. Nothing can match Discovery's outstanding breadth of capability, luxury and refinement.

Australia's Best Cars judging panel had the following to say about the Best All-Terrain 4WD winner:

"In 2012, the 'Disco' yet again clinched the title of best all-terrain 4WD, taking its tally to a remarkable eight wins in a row."

"Comfort levels are first class, whether it be the first, second or third row."

"This is a 4WD that will take you anywhere, on road or off road, with complete peace of mind and in the lap of luxury."

The SDV6 SE is equipped with 180kW SDV6 3.0 Advanced Sequential diesel engine which uses the latest materials and sequential turbochargers to optimise responsiveness by delivering increased torque at very low revs. This is one of the most technically advanced diesels in the world and used unique, parallel sequential turbochargers for the first time in a V-engine.

But these significant performance figures are not to the detriment of fuel economy, which shows an improvement over the previous model and is competitive for class. The fuel consumption figures can be attributed in part to the smooth, well-calibrated six-speed automatic transmission.

Within the four model Discovery 4 line-up, the SDV6 SE is one above the entry level 2.7-litre TDV6. Nonetheless, Land Rover has not scrimped on standard equipment, including all-important safety items such as curtain airbag protection that extends to protect occupants in its standard third row of seats (that fold completely away into the floor when not needed).

By Australia's Best Cars' awards definition, 'all-terrain' means just that and here Discovery 4 walks the talk thanks to an accomplished Terrain Response system with programs to meet nearly any challenge. You can choose from General Driving, Grass Gravel Snow, Mud Ruts, Sand, and Rock Crawl modes; settings that alter responses such as suspension travel, traction control and throttle mapping to allow the 'Disco' to go practically anywhere. Height-adjustable air suspension and hill descent control system add to the 'Disco's' impressive off-road capability.

The Discovery 4 continues to offer unbeatable versatility, capability and refinement. Alongside the fresh exterior design, the premium interior, improved dynamics and the more powerful and more fuel efficient 3.0-litre SDV6 powertrain, it also offers state of the art user-friendly features such as a Surround Camera system, Gradient Release Control, Trailer Stability Assist and Tow Assist, Automatic High Beam Assist and keyless entry.

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