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    Disco is Dead - Long Live LR3

    From The Car Connection (web page).

    A preview of the replacement for the Land Rover Discovery. The Discovery name is being dropped, at least in the US. Among the changes are a new V8 from Jaguar. It's nice to see that old pushrod aluminum V8 they bought from Buick has finally gone away. I also see that the frame is now integrated with the body. That's another major departure from tradition. The text doesn't say if they have gone to independent suspension like the Range Rover but I do not see differential housings visible in these photos, so maybe. Looks like the roof window is gone.

    Re: Disco is Dead - Long Live LR3

    Silly Brits, always changing their traditions. It took a German Company to make a Rolls look like a Rolls. Why mess with tradition?

    I will miss the roof windows, and the roof step as well as the live axles. Oh well, MB is also doing away with the G and are going to make it in Alabama!

    Re: Disco is Dead - Long Live LR3

    I have read elsewhere that the replacement for the Discovery does have four wheel independent suspension. So where does that leave the Defender, which was based on the Discovery platform? It seems everyone is prepared to concede the serious off-road market to Jeep.

    Re: Disco is Dead - Long Live LR3

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    GM Austin said:
    So where does that leave the Defender, which was based on the Discovery platform?



    GM,
    Is that actually correct? The Defender debuted in 1984, basically an extension of the older Land Rover 90s, with coil springs. The Disco came out in '89 as a new vehicle, with a new suspension design, I believe.

    I love Defenders. Grew up in Australia, learned to drive in a Defender, herding sheep on my friend's sheep station. Went back five years ago and drove a 110 camper conversion all around the east side of the continent. Never got real stuck, but did survive 39 1/2 kilometers of a 40 k. mud bog, and had to push it the last half k.

    ah, the simple life!!!

    D.

     
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