By avoiding most media, I didn’t find out about the Auto Show here in town until the last minute. Weekends are a terrible time to visit such things.
Luckily, there’s one coming up in Columbus, so maybe I can steal away for a weekday and not have to fight off thickets of people to snap some photos.
With the nice weather today I stole away to the Land Rover dealership to check out the latest iteration of the Discovery, now with the LR3 moniker. I drove the prior beast for 3 years and put more miles on it than the lease allowed. It was a stiff ride and I admit I saw gas stations with a bit too much frequency.
I was immediately drawn by the low stance. Like it’s bigger and much more expensive brother, the new Rover lowers itself when parked (and can manually be lowered under 20 mph driving for parking garages and such).
They’ve taken almost every quirk I had and refined it considerably. Flat folding rear seats with ample legroom (even for me), wider doors, a split fold rear gate, a built in cooler (okay, that’s over the top) all with a more powerful engine that improves fuel economy. Lots of goodies underneath as well, providing a better—albeit still quite jerky—ride.
Motor Trend gave it the SUV of the Year nod and I think they summed it up well, “Imagine a Leatherman tool by Bang & Olufsen.”
I’m not in the market for a vehicle at this point. I’m still pissed at Toyota for not firming up details for the FJ Cruiser. But car design is an obsession of mine and I like to be able to curse model names when I have road rage.