2015 Land Rover LR4 Styling

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The LR4 received an all-encompassing redesign for 2011; although it could be argued that this model's fundamental design and silhouette haven't changed that much since the 1990s. Both the LR4 and its predecessor, the LR3, are takeoffs on the upright design that Land Rover seemed to perfect in the 1990s with the Discovery. While mechanically the LR3 and LR4 were mammoth leaps ahead, they tended to be quite evolutionary in a design sense.

That said, the LR4 (or Discovery, as it's called in other markets) is the most traditional-looking and conservative of Land Rover's current lineup. Continuing to distinguish itself with its boxy, upright heritage in the face of more car-like crossovers and their sleeker, sexier styles, the LR4 is, to our eyes. Safari-chic well executed, and the tall box-on-box body is well proportioned, perhaps the most instantly recognizable as from Land Rover, even though the brand has been taking off in a more rakish design direction with the latest Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, and Evoque.

A classic, Safari-chic SUV layout inside and out, matched with modern finishes and details for the cabin, is what really sets the LR4 apart.

Visually and aesthetically, the 2015 LR4 remains a relative outsider to the rest of the SUV class -- and that's something you won't escape from inside, with its very upright interior layout that you're likely to either love, or find off-putting. With the suave leather-trimmed dash, rich wood trim, and soft-touch materials introduced in recent years, plus the relatively good control layout, the LR4 feels traditional in mission, yet plush and contemporary in the details.

A number of eye-catching interior combinations help emphasize what separates the LR4 from the rest; and for 2015 there's a new Ebony/Cirrus Dual-tone Windsor Leather seating option, with a wood-and-leather-wrapped steering wheel. Separately, there's a new Straight Grained Walnut wood and leather steering wheel available, and four new colors are offered for the exterior: Aruba, Kaikoura Stone, Montalcino Red, and Yulong (metallic white).

There's also an optional Black Design Package, that includes special gloss-black treatments throughout, including to the grille, fender vents, and badging.

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