Land Rover Discovery Tows Accolade

By: Anthony Fontanelle

The Land Rover Discovery 3, one of the most awarded 4x4s ever, has towed yet another accolade for best 'Towcar over 1900kgs' at the inaugural Practical Caravan, and the Camping & Caravanning Club Towcar awards for 2007, Scoop reported.

"The Discovery 3 will happily tow at 100km/hr all day, and smoothes away bumps that are felt with a thump in many other 4x4s. Nothing else in this class is as accomplished an all-rounder; it's great to drive solo, tows with gusto and is supremely practical," judges of the competition said.

Land Rover's Discovery 3 is a technology-packed, premium 4x4 designed to deliver outstanding performance both on and off-road. The Discovery muscle vehicle offers superb space, comfort and flexibility, for up to seven adults and is able to tow up to 3.5 tonnes - enhancing its 'three cars in one' status, the Scoop continued.

"This is another example of the Discovery 3's breadth of capability," said Wallis Dumper, the Managing Director of Motorcorp Distributors, the New Zealand importer of Land Rover. "This award is testament to the fact that it is a supremely able vehicle and capable of tackling anything that a customer throws at it."

Land Rover's Discovery 3 is designed to deliver performance both on the road and off-road. It offers space, comfort and flexibility, for up to seven adults and it is able to tow up to 3.5 tonnes - enhancing its 'three cars in one' status, said Galway Independent.

Few cars create such admiration and annoyance in equal measure as the Land Rover Discovery. To some it symbolizes the kind of extravagance that is responsible for global warming, to others it is a practical combination of people carrier, off-roader, estate and luxury transport, said Jason Dawe of The Sunday Times.

The new styling of the Discovery carried enough of the previous cues to remain recognizable while still managing to improve internal volume. The interior is simple and extra space is gained by the use of an electronic parking brake that releases automatically when moving off.

Either way, one thing is beyond argument: the latest model is the best of the breed. The third incarnation of the Land Rover Discovery was launched in the UK in 2004 and was immediately acknowledged as being on a different plane from its forebears, Dawe noted.

The European automaker replaced the transmission and gearboxes and installed the state-of-the-art suspension systems to make the vehicle comfortable both off and on road. Under the bonnet there was a choice of two engines: petrol and diesel. The superb 2.7 liter V6 turbodiesel was the biggest seller and produces a healthy 190 horsepower. But the 4.4 liter V8 petrol unit is even quicker, with 300 horsepower under the bonnet.

According to Dawe, on the road the Discovery feels much more like a car than its predecessor thanks to the air suspension, which is standard on all but the entry-level model. "Not only does the vehicle ride well but cornering can now be tackled with a little more confidence because body roll has been significantly reduced. The latest generation of Discovery is a mighty impressive vehicle, and whether we believe it's politically correct or not it certainly deserves our respect," he noted.

The enhanced and auto parts accessories equip the new variant of the vehicle. Even more impressive is how the sport utility flatters the occupants especially the driver. No matter how tough the going, the vehicle deals with it calmly, casually pulling him out of even the most troubling environment. The Discovery is proving itself to be a very reliable machine.

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