The Discovery, introduced to the UK in 1989 and code-named "Project Jay", was based on the chassis and drivetrain of the more upmarket Range Rover
. The lower price allowed the Discovery to aim at a larger market segment and compete with similar Japanese vehicles.
The only generation with a four-cylinder petrol engine option, and initially limited to a 3-door body-style, the Discovery saw several additions and improvements in both 1992 and 1994. The 5-door arrived in 1990, and the 1992 upgrades also saw automatic transmission made available on the 200Tdi models.
In 1994, major changes were made to the engine lineup. The 200Tdi and 3.5 L V8's were replaced with 2.5 L 300Tdi and 3.9-litre V8's respectively. A stronger gearbox was fitted to all manual models, and larger headlamps and a second set of rear lights were added across the range.
In 1998, the Series II Discovery
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