Europe's 2021 Land Rover Discovery Adopts Mild Hybrid Six-Cylinder Engines, Modern Cabin Tech
It was only a matter of time before Land Rover presented the facelifted 2021 Discovery – and that time has arrived.
The 2021Discovery follows the same recipe with JLR’s other facelifted models, featuring small design revisions, a healthy dose of modern tech, and an upgrade to the latest and more fuel-efficient powertrains.
The exterior look of the 2021 Discovery has been refreshed with new LED headlights and taillights that now feature animated indicators, new bumpers, and the addition of a new R-Dynamic trim that brings a range of unique elements both inside and outside.
A bigger, more responsive touchscreen
The highlight of the 2021 Discovery’s seven-seat interior is of course the adoption of the latest Pivi Pro infotainment system, which is housed on a redesigned dashboard and operates through a larger, 11.4-inch touchscreen display.
Land Rover claims that the new infotainment system is much more responsive than the previous one thanks to features like the built-in back-up battery which shortens booting times, while the interface is more intuitive. The system also features over-the-air updates, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and can be combined with the configurable 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.
Other new cabin features include a Cabin Air Ionization with PM2.5 air filtration technology, wireless charging with signal boosting technology, and a new-look steering wheel and gear selector.
New mild-hybrid engine options for Europe
EU-spec models benefit from Land Rover’s latest range of 48-volt mild-hybrid petrol and diesel engines, including three new 3.0-liter six-cylinder options: the D250 diesel offers 245 HP (249 PS) and 420 lb-ft (570 Nm) of torque, the D300 diesel produces 295 HP (300 PS) and 479 lb-ft (650 Nm) of torque, while the petrol P360 comes with 355 HP (360 PS) and 368 lb-ft (500 Nm) of peak torque.
North America gets two engine choices
In North America, the 2021 Disco will be offered with a pair of gasoline engines: a base 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 296 HP and the mild-hybrid 3.0-liter straight-six unit with 355 HP.
All 2021 Discovery models powered by a six-cylinder engine in Europe will come equipped with air suspension as standard, while adaptive dampers will be fitted to all models across the range. The new Discovery also features Land Rover’s Terrain Response 2 system, which can be upgraded to the (optional) Configurable Terrain Response.
Prices for the new 2021 Land Rover Discovery start from £53,655 in the UK and from $53,900 in the USA.