Land Rover Discovery gets efficiency and tech updates for 2021

  • Updated interior, infotainment and digital instrumentation
  • Revised exterior styling, R-Dynamic trim level added
  • New engine line-up, but no plug-in hybrid offered yet

The full-sized Discovery receives a gentle update for 2021 as Land Rover pushes forwards with a range-wide upgrade of its model line-up. It gets an interior and exterior makeover along with new engine options.

Its sheet metal is unchanged, but the new look – achieved via new paint and wheel options, a updated bumpers and grilles, plus freshened-up lamps including matrix LED headlights – updates the car without drastically changing the Disco’s bold, distinctive design.

Interior updates

The big news inside is Land Rover’s new infotainment system, Pivi Pro, which brings with it a new interface – a curved 11.4-inch touchscreen – and faster, more intuitive functionality.

We’ve used the system extensively in the Defender, and it’s a big step forward. New Discovery drivers will also enjoy Land Rover’s crisp new 12.3-inch digital instrument display, a new multi-function head-up display, a chunky and handsome steering wheel complemented by a trigger-style gearlever in place of the old rotary control.  

There's a new system to ensure purified, ionised cabin air for everyone inside. Heated seats in all three rows, 40 litres of personal storage in cubbies around the cabin and comprehensive connectivity for up to eight devices via optional Wi-Fi are also offered.

Land Rover Discovery (2021) interior view

What else is new in the Discovery?

The engine line-up is straightforward, with two diesel options (D250 and D300 versions of the excellent new mild hybrid turbodiesel straight-six) and two petrol engines; the P300 turbo four-cylinder and the mild hybrid (MHEV) straight-six P360. There is no official word on whether the plug-in hybrid system used on the Range Rover will be made available on the Discovery.

The full engine line-up looks like this:

  • P300 – 300hp, 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol
  • P360 – 360hp, 3.0-litre six-cylinder MHEV petrol
  • D250 – 249hp, 3.0-litre six-cylinder MHEV diesel
  • D300 – 300hp, 3.0-litre six-cylinder MHEV diesel

Intelligent all-wheel drive, optional Terrain Response 2 drive modes, air suspension as standard and huge wheel articulation remain Discovery staples, promising enormous off-road ability.

Finally, in comes a new trim level, sporty R-Dynamic, which gets a number of subtle stying tweaks, with gloss back finishes liberally featuring on the car’s exterior. The result is that this version looks like the most road-orientated Discovery yet from a styling perspective.

What this means for you

This is a useful update for this full-sized SUV that's well regarded for its off-road ability, towing capability and excellence as a family car. Sales have been against newer rivals, and are set to be further dented by the arrival of the new Land Rover Defender. Land Rover dealers will be keen to shift the Discovery, so if you're going to haggle, here's where you're going to get the best results.

The new Discovery is available to order now, with first deliveries set to take place early in 2021. Prices start at £53,050, and it’ll be available in four trim levels; S, SE, HSE and R-Dynamic.

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Land Rover Discovery (2021) rear view