The 2021 Land Rover Discovery is right here, and it seems a complete lot just like the 2020 Discovery on the skin. Dig somewhat deeper, and also you’ll shortly uncover (see what we did there?) the updates Land Rover gave its three-row SUV for the mannequin’s mid-cycle refresh.
For starters, we acquire two new engines and lose the diesel. Sure, we’re unhappy, too. However Land Rover advised us that U.S. demand for the diesel “has been on a gradual decline,” so it’s dropped the engine as an possibility. A 3.0-liter supercharged V6 was the usual engine earlier than, however Land Rover is introducing a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder for the bottom Discovery now. It makes 296 horsepower. If you’d like extra, the brand new improve engine is Land Rover’s 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six. This incorporates mild-hybrid expertise and produces 355 horsepower, a 15-horse enhance over the supercharged V6. It’ll probably be smoother in operation and extra environment friendly than the previous V6, too. There’s nonetheless no phrase on a rumored plug-in hybrid variant.
As for design adjustments, the Discovery will get new LED working lights together with new taillights linked to one another with a black panel to create the impact of elevated width. Revised bumpers function extra paint in physique coloration, and the entrance bumper has new air consumption strakes for a sportier look. The grille can also be modified and meant to resemble that of the Discovery Sport in order to point out the household resemblance. A brand new fender vent design is finished in physique coloration. Plus, Land Rover has a lot of new wheel designs to select from.
Most dramatic of all is the brand new R-Dynamic trim. It primarily consists of shiny black trim bits all through the outside for a extra sporting character. On the within, you get two-tone leather-based and distinction seat stitching. Land Rover already thinks it’s going to be the best-selling trim within the lineup. A lot of the photographs you see right here (the bronze automotive) are of the R-Dynamic trim.
The inside is the place Land Rover has spent most of its effort and time for enchancment. A very new 11.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system (named Pivi Professional) is sitting within the redesigned middle stack. The broad, horizontal display screen is changed by this taller one working a very new and completely different infotainment system. It’s similar to what we’ve seen on the up to date Jaguar F-Tempo and E-Tempo, and it seems prefer it has potential to be an enormous enchancment. Land Rover makes claims of “speedy responses” and “logical menus,” so our hopes are excessive. And even when there are points, Land Rover says this new infotainment will be up to date through over-the-air updates — no want for a supplier go to.
The entire local weather management (with extra superior cabin air ionization) part of the sprint was additionally redesigned to suit under the massive display screen. A brand new, bodily gear lever seems promising, as Land Rover does away with the rotary twist dial shifter that rises and falls into the console. Plus, it will get a brand new steering wheel with light-up buttons and metallic gearshift paddles. In entrance of the steering wheel is a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster that’s up to date with extra performance. After which if you happen to test the choice field, a coloration head-up show will be added.
These within the again seats weren’t forgotten. Land Rover says it redesigned the second row with longer and thicker cushions for larger thigh assist. The air vents had been moved to the rear of the middle console for higher airflow. Pill holders had been added to the again of the entrance seats, and new USB charging sockets had been added right here to maintain wires tidy.
Anticipate almost equivalent efficiency in the case of off-road functionality. Land Rover has added a “Wade Mode” to the drive mode selector to optimize the car for water fording. It additionally options Land Rover’s ClearSight Floor View digicam tech, however that’s about it for the off-road nerds.
Pricing begins above the 2020 Discovery, which is a bit disappointing contemplating that the brand new four-cylinder is considerably down on energy versus the supercharged V6. It begins at $55,250 (a $1,600 enhance), together with the $1,350 vacation spot cost. If you’d like the R-Dynamic trim with the four-cylinder, you’re one other $2,500. The most affordable inline-six is $63,250, whereas the very best HSE R-Dynamic trim begins at $70,250. Refreshed Discovery fashions must be headed to sellers quickly, and you’ll construct one on Land Rover’s configure device now.