Despite using the LR4 name, the 2013 Discovery was more of a significant facelift for the third generation of the well-known Land Rover model than a completely new vehicle.
After Ford sold the Land Rover brand to Tata Industries, the Indian holding invested a big chunk of money into the R&D department. New engines, new options, and new transmissions were adopted to make the Discovery a much better car. And, somehow, it succeeded.
With a headlights design inspired by its bigger brothers, the LR4 was the last step before a new model. It still kept the same body structure with an aluminum, unibody shape. The two-heights roofline from the first generation was kept. Despite the general trend of making the off-road vehicles looks more aerodynamic, the LR4 was still shaped with an ax and trimmed with a chisel.
The interior was heavily modified, but it still kept some buttons and shapes from various Ford models. On the center console, the automatic transmission selector was a rotary knob, just like those found on the Jaguar XF. Before that, a conventional lever was used instead. The infotainment unit was placed higher on the center stack, and, if that wasn’t ordered, a big empty box was found there. The LR4 kept the same seating configuration, which allowed them to offer room for up to seven passengers.
Under the hood, the LR4 was offered with a choice of two 3.0-liter engines, mated to a standard 8-speed gearbox.