How will these two very different Land Rover Discovery off-roaders behave on our Gold Mine Hill test in the Rocky Mountains? This comparison includes our new long-term 2004 Land Rover Discovery Series II V8 and a 2018 Discovery turbo-diesel. The old truck is a body-on-frame three-row SUV with solid axles front and rear. The new one is a unibody SUV that is packed full of the latest off-road technology. Which one will do better up the mountain?
The old Discovery is powered by a 4.6L V8 that was good for 217 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque when it was new in 2004. It has a lockable center differential, but open front and rear diffs. Although, this Series II does have a relatively sophisticated traction control system. The 4×4 system does have a low-range gear.
The 2018 Discovery has an optional 3.0L V6 turbo-diesel with 254 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. The new system offers a center and a rear locking differentials. Low range is also available.
Which one make the trail run easier? Check out the video as Roman and Tommy take the two SUVs through all three stages of the Gold Mine Hill.