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    New defender...err discovery?

    I know this is the discovery section but after viewing the new defender (and I like what I see) then perhaps this is more “discovery5” than defender. I mean air suspension, boxy shape, all the electronic smarts, leather (really) etc etc. Haven’t been able catch all the specs but if they put a decent fuel tank under now the spare is on the back then things are looking very optimistic.
    Our defender 130 owning son said he’s out until he was told of a commercial edition that may be able to be hosed out. Well see what arrives. He’s not convinced.
    Downside is June 2020 in Oz. Time to save up.

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    To me, my D3 has been the best all round 4wd I've owned. Judging by the looks alone the D5 has gone more black top than off road in its design. I think the defender really nails the brief of what a lot of D3/4 owners (who use them off road as well as on) want. Me personally Im waiting to see what the 130 wagon turns out like. Not that I'll be able to afford one but...
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    Quote Originally Posted by shanegtr View Post
    To me, my D3 has been the best all round 4wd I've owned. Judging by the looks alone the D5 has gone more black top than off road in its design. I think the defender really nails the brief of what a lot of D3/4 owners (who use them off road as well as on) want. Me personally Im waiting to see what the 130 wagon turns out like. Not that I'll be able to afford one but...
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    The new 'Deefer' is what the D5 should've been.
    I think anyone that loves their Disco will love the new Defender.
    (And a TD5 110 just drive past so I'm convinced! New defender...err discovery?)

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    The new Deffy is like a defender and a D4 got it on and this is the lovechild that most people hoped it would be.
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    Having had a couple of days to get used to the shape and features, my main thought is thank you JLR for increasing the value and desirability of my D4. Should help enormously if I ever decide to trade it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rick130 View Post
    100%

    The new 'Deefer' is what the D5 should've been.
    I think anyone that loves their Disco will love the new Defender.
    (And a TD5 110 just drive past so I'm convinced! New defender...err discovery?)
    Read a brief interview with Gerry McGovern:
    Defender designer Gerry McGovern on reviving an icon | Autocar
    Interesting comment in that the Defender is aimed at the previous D3/4 owner:

    What does the Defender’s look mean for the next-generation Discovery? It looks to some degree to have moved into a space that car used to live in?
    “That’s a fair question. People will graduate to this Defender who had a Discovery 4, we suspect, and we are planning for that. Let’s say the next-generation Discovery now has some room to move and do a different job. It might allow us to move Discovery on, although it bears saying again that the Discovery remains a true seven-seater in our range, whereas the Defender is a 4+2 or 4+4 or 5+3, depending how you configure it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shanegtr View Post
    Read a brief interview with Gerry McGovern:
    Defender designer Gerry McGovern on reviving an icon | Autocar
    Interesting comment in that the Defender is aimed at the previous D3/4 owner:
    Thanks for article, interesting read. What I found very very interesting was one of the comments below that article:

    "One can not help but think that this new Defender, has just “called-time” on the increasingly anonymous, irrelevant, “Series 5” Discovery . . . expect very generous discounts on the “Series 5” Discovery, at a Dealer near you, very soon!! "


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    I'm liking the new defender. My only concern is the air suspension. I'm not convinced on air suspension.
    I have hydraulic suspension on my y62 and it is excellent. Extremely reliable and a relatively simple system that mimics a live axle off road to some degree.
    In saying that ill follow the new defender closely and see how people are finding them. If after 3 years they're relaible, tough and capable I'll buy a new one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1nando View Post
    I'm liking the new defender. My only concern is the air suspension. I'm not convinced on air suspension.
    I have hydraulic suspension on my y62 and it is excellent. Extremely reliable and a relatively simple system that mimics a live axle off road to some degree.
    In saying that ill follow the new defender closely and see how people are finding them. If after 3 years they're relaible, tough and capable I'll buy a new one.
    Nothing wrong with the Y62 but you have standard coil springs and a very very good hydraulic KDSS like sway bar system. Discoveries mimic this in low range rock crawl with air able to pass from left to right. So live axle like.
    The airbags set these cars apart and is a brilliant and reliable feature. Even better if your towing . Be convinced I’d say.
    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Turtle60 View Post
    Nothing wrong with the Y62 but you have standard coil springs and a very very good hydraulic KDSS like sway bar system. Discoveries mimic this in low range rock crawl with air able to pass from left to right. So live axle like.
    The airbags set these cars apart and is a brilliant and reliable feature. Even better if your towing . Be convinced I’d say.
    Cheers
    My only concern is that working with heavy vehciles all day every day i see my fair share of air leaks. The hydraulic system is very relaible and simple, but time will tell if the defenders air system is reliable. If after some time the general feedback is positive then I may very well have another defender 110 in my driveway.

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