The segment of luxury mid-size SUVs is quite competitive but the British manufacturer doesn’t plan to redesign Discovery yet, even though it’s been around for a while and is older than most competitors. The current generation was introduced in 2017 and so far, we saw one refresh a few years ago. The current model will remain in production at least for another year, considering that the company already announced the 2023 Land Rover Discovery, which comes with some interesting novelties but keeps the same overall design.
The biggest novelty for the next year is the introduction of the new Metropolitan trim. This model brings a couple of exclusive styling details, along with more features on the inside. The rest of the lineup continues in the same way. So, you may count on a familiar SUV, which offers a smooth ride, excellent off-road performance, quality interior and pretty capable engine options.
We expect that the 2023 Land Rover Discovery will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year.
2023 Land Rover Discovery Design
As we’ve just mentioned, the current generation carries on in the same way, with a familiar design. Still, the company added the new flagship version, called the Metropolitan. It comes with several exclusive features, whether it’s about exterior design or standard equipment. The most notable upgrades are goodies like a unique grille, special emblems, and silver bumper inserts.
The rest of the lineup remains largely the same. Therefore, you may count on the familiar driving experience. The ride is smooth and comfortable, while the off-road performance is also impressive. You may count on off-road hardware like four-wheel drive, hill descent control and Wade Sensing, which allows you to go through 35-inch deep water. The standard ground clearance is 8.2 inches but the adjustable suspension, allows Discovery to go all away up to 11 inches.
The interior design also largely remains the same, though we have to mention that the new Metropolitan version brings new Titanium Mesh trim, inlayed on the dash and door panels. Other models continue in the same way. We really like how this cabin looks. The dashboard features a relatively conservative design, which is complemented by high-quality materials, lots of tech and convenience features, and pretty impressive overall quality.
When it comes to seating configuration, this is the only Land Rover with three rows. The front seats are very spacious and comfortable, while the second row also accommodates taller passengers with ease. On the other hand, we can’t say the same for the third row, which is typically tight for this segment and works mainly for kids.
The cargo area offers around 9.1 cubic feet behind the third low, which is pretty low. On the other hand, 45 cubic feet of space with the third-row seats folded down, and 74.3 cubes of the total volume are pretty decent for a luxury mid-size SUV.
The new Metropolitan trim comes with a couple of additional standard features, such as exlusive 22-inch wheels, a head-up display, a heated steering wheel, and heated seats for all three rows. The rest of the lineup continues in the same way. So, base models are equipped with things like an 11.4-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, navigation, HD Radio, satellite radio, two USB ports, wireless device charging, a 12-speaker Meridian stereo, a dual-pane panoramic roof, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, tri-zone automatic climate control, a universal garage door opener and proximity keyless entry.
Among available features, expect to find goodies like a 14-speaker Meridian surround-sound stereo, a Wi-Fi hot spot, ambient interior lighting, a center console refrigerator compartment, quad-zone automatic climate control, the Activity Key etc.
2023 Land Rover Discovery Engines
The 2023 Land Rover Discovery will carry on with two familiar engines on offer. So, base models will continue with a familiar 2.0-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 295 horsepower and 296 pound-feet of torque. That’s plenty enough to move this large SUV with ease. Driving dynamics are very good and we are pretty sure that a vast majority of drivers will be satisfied with the base engine.
If you’re looking for something even more capable, you can get a 3.0-liter turbo inline-six, which is good for about 355 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. This engine comes with a mild-hybrid system, so fuel economy is actually better and goes around 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. The base engine returns around 19 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. Both ratings are subpar for the segment.
2023 Land Rover Discovery Release Date and Price
We expect to see the 2023 Land Rover Discovery sometime in the last quarter of the year, with a starting price of around 60.000 dollars. The new Metropolitan trim will go around $80.000. Some of the potential competitors could be models like BMW X5, Audi Q7 etc.