The 2003 Land Rover Discovery is the middle child of this
manufacturer, falling between the smaller Freelander and
the traditional full-size Range Rover. Built in England,
this all-wheel drive off-road machine is oriented toward
function and utility yet it nevertheless presents a high
level of interior amenity and luxury content.
This year sees more power, styling refinement and general
improvement through 368 different design changes. This is
a new generation of Discovery, not merely the same vehicle
as last year with a new year stamped in the doorframe.
The 2003 Land Rover Discovery comes in a base S, SE or top-level
HSE model, each distinguished by increased or improved interior
Inside the S edition, although the base model, a solid standard
of functional amenity is available. For example, all models
have eight-way power-adjustable driver seats, dual-zone
automatic climate control system and an auto-dimming rear-view
mirror. The instrument pod has been replaced for 2003 by
one with new gauge graphics and a more contemporary look.
Among other things the SE trim level upgrades the interior
with burled walnut wood trim, leather seating surfaces and
dual electric sunroofs. At the HSE level, sophisticated
electronics add more value with Harmon Kardon premium audio
and an in-dash navigation system.
Classic Land Rover styling continues to be the order of
the day with the 2003 Land Rover Discovery. Its expansive
raised greenhouse stepped roof design has been enhanced
with a new front-end design akin to that of the iconic Range
Alpine windows and an open airy feeling, overall ruggedness
and extensive exterior functionality, including a roof rack,
integrated fog lights, Class IV trailer hitch and six-spoke
16 or 18-inch wheels, all contribute to value for the consumer.
One of the major areas of development for the 2003 Land
Rover Discovery has been under the hood. A powerful 4.6-liter
V8 engine has 30 more hp than the 4.0-liter it replaces
with 217hp at 4750 rpm. It is also rated at 300lb-ft of
torque, from 2600 rpm, meaning there is plenty of towing
All this power is teamed to a ZF electronically controlled,
four-speed automatic transmission offering Normal, Sport
and Manual modes. A two-speed transfer case with High and
Low Range gearing adds even more capability and versatility,
making this SUV truly at home off-road.
Safety and Security
Extensive safety equipment throughout the Land Rover line
are present in full measure on all versions of the Discovery.
Passive safety technology includes dual front airbags,
and state of the art three-point belts with pretensioners
in all outboard positions.
Active or preventative innovations include 4-wheel electronic
traction control (4ETC) and 4-wheel vented disc brakes with
all-terrain ABS and Land Rover's electronic brake force
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