Land Rover Discovery Commercials.
Commercial versions of the Land Rover Discovery (ie. panel vans)
are popular in Ireland and other European countries where they
have certain tax advantages.
Land Rover's 2.5L 300 Tdi diesel engine is fitted.
1995: Our Irish Land Rover Discovery commercial is unique in that the Alpine lights are filled in with glassfibre inserts - tax regulation. The UK Commercial has alpine lights as standard. The French van has all windows but no rear seats. I'm not sure how many other countries have the vans.
- Tony Luckwill,
4/'96: The LROEC had an outing last Friday to a Land Rover dealer in Navan, Co. Meath to view the latest vehicles. The Discovery Commercial for Ireland now has the alpine lights back in place as standard due to a VRT regulation change. Also, all three-door vehicles have a new stereo radio system with four speakers as opposed to the old unit with two speakers.
But, all Discovery vehicles seem to be getting the Charcoal Grey interior as standard now with the beige becoming an option - strange.
Note the deletion of the central "cubby box"
by sawing through the trim! Is this unique to the Irish vehicles?
The electric pack is also omitted - no head-lamp washers.
Tony also test drove a Land Rover Discovery XS Tdi automatic which returned 42mpg. He reports that the new Tdi auto' box is "brilliant", but the price tage of 33,000 Irish pounds is a bit of a dampener.
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