This mid-size crossover is the only Land Rover that comes with available three rows of seats but that’s not enough to keep it competitive in this crowded segment. Therefore, it’s no wonder that the 2021 Land Rover Discovery is about to come with big changes. We are about to see a mid-cycle refresh, even though the current model isn’t that old. The current generation has been around for about three years, but the company apparently wants to make it better. Therefore, changes in various aspects are about to come.
The British manufacturer is still not ready to offer a completely new generation but the upcoming facelift will bring a plethora of novelties. Besides revised styling, we are also about to see important changes on the inside, and even bigger changes under the hood, where the 2021 Land Rover Discovery is about to come with a couple of new powertrain options. Of course, we also expect to see novelties in terms of standard equipment, both in terms of safety and tech goodies. The new model is about to hit the market late in the year.
2021 Land Rover Discovery Exterior
Of course, the changes you will notice first in the 2021 Land Rover Discovery are those in terms of the exterior design. The testing model has been around for a while and although it still wears a camouflage, we may presume that visual changes won’t be significant. Simply, the current model is just three years old and already looks pretty attractive. Therefore, we won’t see significant changes like new headlights. On the other side, we do expect to see new bumpers on both ends, as well as a revised grille. Of course, we also count on typical updates like new color options, new wheels and similar things.
On the other side, the mechanical aspect of the 2021 Land Rover Discovery should remain pretty much the same. This model rides on the company’s familiar D7 platform and shares many parts with the Range Rover Sport. The model is large and spacious but also comes with a full load of the company’s well known off-road systems, which make it one of the most capable models in the class.
Changes on the inside are expected too, but don’t expect anything significant in terms of the overall layout. The testing model has been spotted with a new, bigger touchscreen, which indicates a new infotainment system. This is a big novelty, as the current infotainment system is probably one of the biggest drawbacks of the current model.
On the other side, we don’t expect changes in terms of the overall layout. The dashboard may come with a couple of tweaks, but the overall design will certainly remain the same. That’s not a bad thing at all, considering that the current model already features one of the nicest cabins in the segment, which comes in a classic LR layout, but full of hi-end materials.
In terms of dimensions, things will remain the same. This model comes standard with two spacious rows of seats, while a decently-sized third row is available as an option. When it comes to cargo space, you may count on about 84 cubic feet behind the first row, which seems like a good amount of space for a luxury SUV.
2021 Land Rover Discovery Engines
When it comes to the powertrain, we count on some big updates for the next year. First of all, the current engines will carry on in the same way. This means you may count on familiar gasoline and diesel units. Base models will come equipped with a 3.0-liter six-cylinder gasoline engine, which puts out around 340 horsepower. The optional 3.0-liter turbodiesel is optional and puts out around 254 horsepower. Both engines offer good driving dynamics but the base gasoline engine feels thirsty. It returns around 16 mpg in the city and 21 on the highway, which is really bad for the class. On the other side, the turbodiesel returns around 21 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway and these are pretty respectable numbers for the class.
When it comes to novelties for the next year, it looks like the company will offer 48-Volt mild-hybrid systems in both gasoline and diesel versions, in order to cut CO2 emissions and improve fuel economy. We also count on a plug-in hybrid version, which will probably arrive sometime during 2021. Most likely, we will see the same system as in the Range Rover Sport, which means a system based on a V6 engine, which puts out around 398 horsepower.
2021 Land Rover Discovery Release Date and Price
We expect to see 2021 Land Rover Discovery sometime late in the year. The bigger price increase shouldn’t happen, so base models will probably go around 53.000 dollars.