Land Rover announces commercial Discovery

A commercial derivative of the Land Rover Discovery 3 is to be launched, a move which the automaker says is in response to customer demand.

Following its release in 2004 and success across the world, the Discovery 3 has now been given approval from HM Revenue and Customs to attain N1 light commercial 4×4 vehicle status.

Among the standard features of the new version will be 2,130 litres of loadspace, a full length phenolic floor, Terrain Response, four-corner air suspension, privacy glass and a two-piece bulkhead.

Two derivatives of the vehicle will be available – the Discovery 3 Commercial and the Discovery 3 XS Commercial.

John Edwards, managing director of Land Rover UK, said: "Since launch, our dealers have received a number of requests from customers for a commercial derivative, many of whom bought standard models and then converted them independently for their own commercial use.

"The launch of the Discovery 3 Commercial means that for the first time, customers are now able to purchase a Land Rover-approved Discovery 3 commercial vehicle, which benefits from the superior levels of ride, handling, comfort and equipment offered by the standard Discovery 3."

Mr Edwards also expressed Land Rover’s belief that its new model will "further redefine the 4×4 commercial segment".

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