Land Rover Discovery XXV Edition (2014) first official pictures

Published: 17 February 2014

Happy birthday, Land Rover Discovery. The first example of Land Rover’s famous family 4×4 hit showrooms in 1989 – to celebrate, here’s the inevitable special edition model. It’s the Land Rover Discovery XXV, based on the top-spec model of the recently revised Discovery 4, and packing a few bespoke touches. It’ll be among the Land Rovers on display at the 2014 Geneva motor show.

What makes the Land Rover Discovery XXV special?

Wing badges read ‘XXV’ – the Roman numeral for 25. They’re joined on the exterior by exclusive 20in forged alloy wheels, black grille surrounds and mirror caps, plus a contrasting grey finish for vents and roof rails. The Disco XXV also benefits from stainless steel kickplates.

No changes are reported to have been made to the 3.0-litre turbodiesel V6, which develops 253bhp and 442lb ft.

Inside, the rugged-meets-luxury theme continues. The Discovery XXV is based on HSE Luxury spec, so it doesn’t want for on-board kit. However, Land Rover has included a leather-topped dashboard, fascia, instrument hood and door tops to ramp up the quality feel, plus deep-pile carpet and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Doesn’t sound like the sort of stuff you’d want to get mucky, but nevertheless the Discovery XXV maintains its all-wheel drive, Terrain Response control and superb wheel articulation to keep the ageing Disco’s status as a king among off-roaders.

No word yet on how many Discovery XXVs will be produced, or what the premium over the regular Discovery HSE Luxury – which sets you back £59,450 – will be.

>> For CAR’s complete guide to the 2014 Geneva motor show, where the Discovery XXV will make its debut, click here

By Ollie Kew

Former road tester and staff writer of this parish