Land Rover Discovery history
The Discovery 2 was a mid-sized luxury SUV launched by Land Rover as the second upgraded version of its predecessor of its first generation variant and was launched in 1998 in UK and in the US in 1999. It was assembled in the Solihull factory in UK, Aqaba plant in Jordan and Shah Alam factory in Malaysia. Land Rover tried to create more appeal for Discovery 2 by touting it as having superior features compared to Discovery 1 and marketed it with the promotion that it was manufactured with 720 differences in technique and design in contrast to its predecessor.
The total body panel was designed new except the rear outer door skin and it was modified to make space for rear overhang. The extension of the rear body was designed to accommodate more load space but the addition of the rear overhang was less desirable as the off-road ability was poorly affected by this modification. Just as with the in-line direct-injected straight-five engine of the upgraded Defender models, the models with diesel engines had the 2,495 cc Td5 engines which was smoother as it had electronic functionality. Due to this modification, it had better usable torque revolutions when compared to its predecessor with 300Tdi engine. There is a misconception that the 300Tdi engine originally belonged to BMW however, in fact it was developed by Land Rover and was derived from Rover L-series passenger car engine. The Discovery 2 series were built with powertrain with three options such as of 4.0 L and 4.6L Rover V8 petrol engine models and 2.5 L Td5I5 diesel engine models.
Some of the noticeable changes in the designing of the Discovery 2 were the modified turn and brake lamps on the rear of the vehicle. Also, the turn signals location was changed to the high side fixtures from the previous bumper position. Another unique feature of the Discovery 2 models were the stop light fixtures fitted above the window-line and a revamping of the paddle door handles and new pocketed headlamps. It had a wheel base 100.0 in (2540mm) and were offered with 4-speed automatic and 5-speed manual transmission systems.
Land Rover Discovery 2 "Base Pursuit" and "Landmark"
Standard versions were exported to Ireland where the windows were destroyed to claim Vehicle Registration Tax discount in front of a Revenue official. In United States, the Discovery 2 versions were offered in three trim levels such as S, SE, HSE, LT7 and HSE7. Some commercial versions were also manufactured with door bodyshell and had van-like appearance and security as it also had opaque windows with standard self-levelling suspension. Towards the end of the Discovery 2 production run there were just two kinds of models offered in markets in UK which were ‘Base Pursuit’ and ‘Landmark’. The first version had high level of advanced equipment whereas the second version had many fancy features such as twin sunroofs, entire leather interior designing, active cornering enhancement, a heated windscreen and six disc CD player. The production for Discovery 2 variant saw its final production roll off the production line in May 2004.