The British carmaker is about to start selling a facelifted version of its Land Rover Discovery Series 3 / LR3 “almost-luxury” crossover SUV that was actually quite popular among motorists wishing to graduate to the segment from less expensive mud-pluggers.
Although it has only been some 18 months since the vehicle’s official introduction, it is definitely about time for a slight upgrade.
Set to arrive to local dealerships in August 2008, the facelifted Discovery 3 will be officially presented to the public at the upcoming British International Motor this July.
As the Land Rover is reporting in its press release, the refreshed Disco3 / LR3 will feature slightly restyled front and rear bumpers and will also sport more prominent wheel arches providing extra living space for a new set of 19-inch 7-spoke wheels painted in new metallic paint colors, Santorini Black, Galway Green and Bournville.
The crossover’s two-piece tailgate will also receive a color-keyed finish. The car’s door handles as well as reshaped Range Rover Sport-style fender side vents may now be painted in “tungsten” metal gray paint.
Inside the SUV you will find an upgraded Bluetooth entertainment system and an “almond” trim color.
Competing against Volkswagen Touareg 2, Acura MDX, Mercedes-Benz ML-Class, BMW X5 E70 and, of course, the Volvo XC90, the 2009 Land Rover Discovery 3 / LR3 will start at a modest price of £29,950, which makes it, perhaps, the best upscale crossover SUV for the money if you are going for the base version. However, like it is the case with its German counterparts, the price goes quickly into stratosphere once you start adding options that the British brand thinks too premium to be offered as standard equipment.
Of course, all of this is true if you don’t give a piece of fecal mass about its numerous quality issues that tend to plague its owners and often reduce its resale value.
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