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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-27-02, 05:39 PM Thread Starter
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2003 Discovery

The New York International Auto Show will see the debut of Land Rover’s new 2003 Discovery. The latest Land Rover Discovery features a new look, with lineage to the new Range Rover, a revised interior with two all-new trim materials, a number of significant technical enhancements and a more powerful V8 engine.
The new 2003 Discovery retains the stability, assurance and comfort provided by its optional dynamic control systems such as Active Cornering Enhancement (ACE) and Self Leveling Suspension (SLS) and retains its iconic profile while introducing other significant improvements:

A new 4.6-litre V8 engine
Improved braking and suspension
A new Land Rover “Family Face” inspired by the new Range Rover:
- New twin pocket clear headlamp arrangement
- New front bumper and grill

Revised rear light clusters
Two all-new interior trims
New equipment including rear Park Distance Control
These new developments not only increase Discovery's remarkable off-road ability but also improve its on-road performance and refinement. The exterior changes provide a prestigious new family look to the 2003 Discovery, while the interior revisions reflect contemporary themes and offer greater customer choice.

The new 2003 Discovery is powered by Land Rover's 4.6-litre, 217 bhp all-alloy V8 engine. This engine offers more power and 20 percent more torque than the previous 4.0-litre unit, increasing the vehicle's top speed to 116 mph and cutting the 0-60 mph time to 9.5 seconds.

Like the critically acclaimed all-new Range Rover, the new 2003 Discovery is instantly recognizable by its stunning new Land Rover “family face,” dominated by twin pocket headlamps providing improved lighting as well as a distinctive look. A new grill and a new front bumper with round fog lamps complement the new headlamp arrangement. There are also visual changes at the rear with revised taillights. The turn indicators have been relocated to the upper vertical light cluster for better visibility to following traffic.

The interior features two new colors: “Alpaca” beige and “Land Rover Black.” These new color themes give the interior a new ambience, enhancing the spacious feel of the Discovery interior, which can seat up to seven passengers. Improved noise-absorbing materials, body mounts and engine compartment seals improve the refinement of the latest Discovery. The revised profile of the new front bumper not only refreshes the styling of the 2003 Discovery but also improves its cross-country ability over rocky ground thanks to a better angle of approach.
Discovery retains its four-wheel Electronic Traction Control (ETC) and the Hill Descent Control (HDC) system and also features a number of braking and chassis improvements to further enhance on-road handling. The front and rear disc brakes have improved pads and calipers, while the suspension has revised locations for greater refinement.

These improvements can be combined with Discovery’s well-proven dynamic control systems of Active Cornering Enhancement (ACE) and Self Leveling Suspension (SLS). The ACE system minimizes roll through bends while the air-sprung SLS system retains a level stance under all load combinations. This combination, allied with wide track axles and revised suspension set-up gives the Discovery handling and passenger comfort unrivalled in its class. Four-channel ABS braking with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) is fitted as standard.
In launching the new 2003 Discovery, Bob Dover, Land Rover managing director said, “The changes made to the 2003 Discovery improve key aspects of the vehicle from its distinctive styling to its on- and off-road performance. The front end styling treatment provides an easily identified family resemblance to the new Range Rover while the new interior treatments complement its spacious packaging. With the chassis and powertrain improvements Land Rover has built on the Discovery’s well-known strengths in on-road handling and off-road capability to re-assert the model’s class-leading position in the 4x4 marketplace.”


Separate steel body mounted to ladder frame at 14 rubber-insulated points.
Aluminum-alloy hood, quarter panels and rear door.
Zinc-coated (galvanized) steel roof and doors.
Nearly 700 vehicle modifications versus 2002 Discovery Series II.


all-aluminum 90-degree OHV V8

4.6-litres (278 cu. in./4554 cm3)

Horsepower @ rpm:
217 hp @ 4,750 rpm

Torque @ rpm:
300 lb-ft @ 2,600 rpm
Fuel management:
Sequential multiport fuel injection.

Fuel requirements:
Premium unleaded.

Fuel tank capacity:
24.6 U.S. gallons (93 litres)

Performance, 0-60 mph:
sub- 9.5 sec.


Drive system:
Permanent four-wheel drive.

Traction control
Four-wheel Electronic Traction Control (4ETC).

Transfer case:
Two-speed transfer gearbox.

ZF (4HP24) four-speed electronically controlled automatic with locking torque converter. Sport/Normal modes in High Range. Manual/Normal modes in Low Range.


Front suspension:
Solid axle with long-travel, single-rate coil springs.

Rear suspension:
Solid axle with long-travel, multi-rate coil springs.


Power-assisted worm-and-roller.

Turning circle:
39.0 ft. (11.9m)


Power-assisted four-channel disc brakes.
Four-wheel, all-terrain Anti-lock Braking System (ABS).
Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD).
Hill Descent Control (HDC).



16 x 8-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.
255/65R16, H-speed-rated mud-and-snow (M+S) radial tires.


18 x 8-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.
255/55R18 H-speed-rated mud and snow (M+S) radial tires.


18 x 8-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.
255/55R18 H-speed-rated mud and snow (M+S) radial tires.


Overall length:
185.2 in. (4705 mm)

Overall width:
74.4 in. (1890 mm)

Overall height (less roof rails):
76.4 in. (1940 mm)

100.0 in. (2540 mm)


Seating capacity:
Five (seven optional)

Head room, front/rear:
40.4/40.1 in. (1026/1019 mm)

Leg room, front/rear:
42.3/37.3 in. (1074/947mm)

Shoulder room, front/rear:
58.3/57.3 in. (1481/1455 mm)

Usable luggage capacity:
rear seat folded: 63.3 cu. ft. (1.79 m3)


Ground clearance

Under differential:
8.2 in. (208 mm)

Under frame:
10.0 in. (254 mm)

Angle of approach:
31 degrees

Angle of departure:
21 degrees (25 degrees with SLS in High Mode)

Ramp breakover angle:
27 degrees (excluded angle)


Curb weight:
4,576 lb. – 4,630 lb. (2075 kg – 2100 kg)

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating:
6,064 lb. – 6,229 lb. (2750 kg – 2825 kg)

Maximum trailer weights

Trailers without brakes:
1,650 lb. (750 kg)
1,650 lb. (750 kg)

Trailers with brakes

High Range:
5,500 lb. (2495 kg)
2,200 lb. (1000 kg)

Low Range:
7,700 lb. (3500 kg)
2,200 lb. (1000 kg)

Maximum tongue weight:
550 lb. (250 kg)

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-29-02, 12:50 AM
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roll I think it should look like this.........

For those having a problem trying to imagine what the inside looks like for the people that drive on the correct side of the road..............:s6: :s5 :s6:
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yes looks much better.. What do you think of the newish look?
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Landrovers website seem to have more info on there now.

12 wheel and tyre options are listed. DOn't know what markets they are for but that is some selection
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-14-02, 11:31 PM Thread Starter
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Just played around with the net options on the new disco. Must say landrover have embraced this type internet promotion of the brand very well!

The site is down over the weekend but they have left the 2003 discovery promo working. Check it out at http://www.new2003discovery.com/gb/5...=5&submenuid=2
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