Land Rover Special Editions: G4 Freelander and Discovery
by Sue Mead

While the G4 driving competition finished last April, those who couldn't participate can still get a piece of the action, with Land Rover's limited-edition 2004 G4 Freelander and 2004 G4 Discovery models. The new versions have special trim and extra features that emphasize rugged capabilities inspired by off-road and adventure travel.

Based on the uplevel SE version of the British baby 'ute, the G4 Freelander features the same 174-horsepower V-6, five-speed automatic transmission, and permanent four-wheel drive as its sibling. Available in Tangiers Orange or Java Black, the G4 edition will include full-length roofrails with an expedition roof rack, an A-frame brush bar, siderails, and taillight guards. Other special trim additions include waterproof seat covers, 17-inch wheels, and a sunroof. Land Rover G4 Challenge badging appears on the front fenders and rear tailgate, and the logo is embroidered on the seat covers. Only 200 of the special-edition models will be available, priced at $29,995, which includes destination and delivery.

The G4 Discovery has the same powertrain as the regular Discovery, with a 4.6-liter, 217-horsepower V-8, five-speed automatic, self-leveling suspension, and dual sunroofs. Painted in Tangiers Orange, the roofrail is an all-new, large-diameter design dubbed the Aero.

An A-frame brush bar and rear lampguards protect the exterior, while Black Mogul technical fabric covers the inside. Adventure-worthy accessories include a Class III tow hitch, a selectable locking center differential, rear access ladder, driving lamp kit, and lockable roofrail crossbars, while the interior is made more civilized with an in-dash CD player, black leather-wrapped steering wheel, and eight-way power driver and passenger seats. A G4 graphics kit brings G4 badging on the exterior and on the tire cover. Only 200 of the limited-edition Discoverys will be available, at a price of $39,995, which includes destination and delivery.