The Discovery is 30 years & a Landmark Edition Land Rover is offered


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Land Rover celebrates a 30-year anniversary of all-terrain adventure and in marking this feat, Land Rover is presenting a special landmark edition of the Discovery. Check more details below!

Land Rover is celebrating a 30-year anniversary of its time-proof performance with Land Rover Discovery Landmark edition. The lineup has been recognized for its breakthrough technologies to fit all terrains over the last three decades. Since 1989, the Land Rover Discovery has become synonymous to adventure. In celebration of their thirty years of all terrain adventure Land Rover is presenting a special edition multi-use SUV, the Discovery Landmark Edition.

So lets now do an overview of the major moments in Discovery’s 30 years progress that led up to the creation of this special edition Rover;

1. The First Land Rover Discovery

Initially, the earliest Discovery was offered as a three-door, though a five-door body style, and became available not long after the model’s introduction. Customers were able to choose between a 2.5-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel engine or the popular Rover V8 petrol unit of first 3.5 and, later, 3.9 litres. This was also the only Discovery offered, up until the current model with a two-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, even though this was not a popular option.


The last 30 years has witnessed remarkable development of Discovery

2. The Second Land Rover Discovery

The second discovery was just like the First interior-wise. Nearly every body panel, on the outside, was new and there was much more luggage space. The was also some change in styling and also new larger headlights. The old diesel engine was replaced with a modern five-cylinder and several changes were made to the V8.

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3. The Third-gen Land Rover Discovery

The Discovery was not radically altered for 15 years, in spite of the detail improvements. Major change came in 2004, as that year’s discovery was a whole new car with new and minimal styling, engines previously seen in Jaguar cars and, amazingly, seven seats. The third Discovery was the first Discover fitted with air suspensions, a feature already used in Range Rovers. Interestingly, cheaper versions were now made available with traditional metal coil springs.


The Discovery has defeated rough lands & tough drivers

Unlike the previous discoveries, which were majorly driver-dependent on rough terrains, this was much easier to drive for novice drivers, thanks to its Terrain Response system, which enabled them tackle pieces of ground they would have struggled to walk on

4. The Fourth-gen Land Rover Discovery

This Discovery, although promoted as a totally new model, was merely an update of the third discovery. The most obvious difference was a new style, including a honeycomb front grille and jewel-effect headlights, making the car look more like a up-market product. The former 2.7-litre V6 diesel engine was replaced with a three-litre version which was more powerful, economical and significantly quieter.

The Terrain Response system was updated and there was an improvement in the car’s tarmac handling. The body roll was reduced, making it able to turn on country road bends that on would expect from a vehicle its size.

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5. The Millionth Discovery

This Discovery left the factory in 2012 and was taken on a 50-day journey from Birmingham to Beijing, raising money for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.  It stopped briefly in Geneva to join other significant Land Rovers, including the amphibious car.

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6. The Land Rover Discovery Sport

By 2014, the Discovery name was so highly regarded that Land Rover abandoned the Free lander badge and went ahead to name its latest small SUV, the Discovery Sport. The Sport is very similar to the Land Rover Evoque and, unlike other Discovery models, has a structural body rather than a chassis with a body on top.

7. The Special Edition - Land Rover Discovery Landmark

Since, the 1989 Frankfurt Motor Show when the Discovery arrived, it has constantly been the families choice. The Special Edition model sufficiently reflects and truly represents the Discovery Brand, with its upgraded features and enhanced design. For example, the Landmark Edition comes with a special package which includes an anniversary badge conspicously placed on the tailgate.


Inside the Landmark edition is top-notch deco

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Signatue Features of Land Rover Discovery Landmark

  • 22” 5 split-spoke ‘Style 5011’
  • Navigation Pro System
  • LED Headlights with LED Signature
  • Meridian Sound System
  • Privacy glass
  • Metallic paint


The exterior inherits the firm look from previous generations

Based on the Discovery SE, the exterior of the Special Edition comes with signature tailllights, fog lights and is fitted with panoramic roof. Meanwhile, the modern and contemporary look is completed by its 20-inch Black wheels. The interior is built with decent micropiping, as well as with variety of top quality leather. Commenting on the Special Edition model, Land Rover's Nick Collins stated:

“The Land Rover Discovery has set the standard for all-terrain adventure for 30 years. Whether tackling jungles, mountains or the school run, it has delivered at every turn with class-leading all-terrain capability and seven-seat versatility. The Landmark Edition is a fitting celebration of the ultimate family SUV” 

Only 400 versions of the Anniversary Edition Discovery will be biult. The 59,995th model is set to launch on the 30th anniversary celeberations for the Discovery family.

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Henry Egan a poet, essayist, content writer, blogger and technical writer who is willing to read just that last material to develop the best content possible. Henry feels he is more of a new generation writer with a sassy and swanky style. You can be sure you'll get all the facts in and never get bored with his articles.

He has got a flair for technical reviews on automobile and cars. He studied Mechanical Engineering but his first love remains Literary Art.

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