Say hello to the Land Rover Discovery 2021, with the iconic British SUV honing its style, adding new technology and getting more usable lifestyle features when driving to U.S. dealerships. Under the hood, there will be a choice of two different engines – including a moderate turbocharged hybrid – while a new R-Dynamic style package is expected to be the most popular finish.
At the front, there are now the new Matrix LED headlights, which receive a renewed reduced daylight (DRL) signature. It is intended, Land Rover says, to be readily recognized from a distance, leaving no confusion as to the SUV you are driving. The intermediate grid is more objective, its mesh reworked connecting the points between Discovery 2021 and Discovery Sport. New 20, 21 and 22 inch wheels are available.
There is a new lower front bumper, with an integrated body color graphic, designed to visually reduce the SUV’s posture, which is also echoed in the rear with a new lower rear bumper. New LED taillights surround the fenders, while a new black panel connects them to the split rear door; this panel is the new home for the Discovery emblem as well. Opt for the R-Dynamic package – a breakthrough in Discovery – and you’ll get shiny black details on the lower door linings, wheel arch frames and roof, along with the grille.
The R-Dynamic Discovery models also receive two-tone leather and contrasting stitching on the inside, with the year 2021 model bringing a series of changes to the cabin. Seven seats are available – select finishes receiving a third row option – with a completely redesigned center console. This makes room for a much larger 11.4-inch touchscreen and Land Rover’s Pivi Pro infotainment.
It promises to be faster to use and easier to operate, not to mention faster to charge when you first enter, thanks to a backup battery. Dual LTE modems mean that the 2021 Discovery can simultaneously download OTA updates and stream media, as well as offering a WiFi hotspot for up to eight customers. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included and wireless, and two simultaneous Bluetooth connections are supported. A wireless charging pad – which can deliver up to 15 W – with an integrated signal amplifier is available.
The new HVAC system offers PM2.5 air filtration and cabin air ionization, and can pre-clean before you get in the car. The first and second rows have seat heating and there are now HVAC ventilation openings in the center console for the second row. This also has 160 mm of sliding back and forth and extended seat cushions for extra comfort.
A 12.3-inch interactive driver monitor replaces analog displays with digital graphics, and there is an optional head-up color display. The driver also gets a new four-spoke steering wheel and redesigned controls for the gear selector. The “Click and Go” tablet holders are integrated into the back of the front seats, allowing easy assembly of the tablet for those in the second row. There are four 12 V sockets and several USB-A ports, and a central console cooling box can be added.
It is not the only new and practical feature. An optional Gesture rear door with handsfree opens when you swing your foot under the rear bumper, and there is up to 74.3 cubic feet of cargo space with the second and third rows folded. With all seven seats raised, you get 9.1 cubic feet. The seats themselves can be arranged remotely or lifted using the Pivi Pro’s touchscreen, and the lower rear door is strong enough to support more than 660 pounds in weight. Instead of a key, the second generation Land Rover Activity Key has a touch screen and now acts like a watch, being able to lock, unlock and start the 2021 Discovery.
As for engines, the entry-level Discovery 2.0L S receives a 2.0-liter in-line 4-liter turbo with 296 hp. Advancing to the Discovery 3.0L S R-Dynamic shifts to the 3.0-liter turbocharged in-line moderate 6-hybrid with 355 hp.
Either way, the air suspension is standard – with 115 mm of possible adjustment – as is the Land Rover Terrain Response 2 system with multiple steering modes. There is a new Wade mode, which can handle up to 900 mm of water. The towing capacity is up to 8,200 pounds, says the automaker, and there is a motorized rear tow bar and Advanced Towing Assistance. ClearSight Ground View is also available, using a front camera to give a view “through” Discovery’s hood on the infotainment screen.
The 2021 Discovery 2.0L S starts at $ 53,900 (plus $ 1,350 in destination), while the 2021 Discovery 2.0L S R-Dynamic starts at $ 56,400. The 2021 Discovery 3.0L S R-Dynamic costs $ 61,900, while the 2021 Discovery 3.0L HSE R-Dynamic costs $ 68,900.