Back in March, we confirmed that the updated Land Rover Discovery is on its way here. At the time, Land Rover Philippines didn't say exactly when it will land here, but they did say that it will be here sooner than later. Three months since we reported that, the Discovery is ready to roll out of local showrooms.
So, what's new for the 2021 model year? The updated Discovery gets tweaks to the exterior, updates to the interior and technology, and even mild-hybrid technology. Not only that, the price is much lower than before.
When we tested the current-generation Discovery back in 2019, it retailed for PHP 7,990,000. It could be said that the price was eye-popping given that most of its competitors sold for much less. Land Rover Philippines rectified that by slashing millions of the new model. How much is it, you ask? It now goes for PHP 6,490,000. That's PHP 1,500,000 less than the one reviewed a few years back.
The question now is this: How did Land Rover Philippines bring the Discovery in for much less than before? That's because they brought in the S variant instead of the top-spec HSE. However, that doesn't mean that it's bare in there.
For instance, the 2021 Discovery now boasts the latest infotainment system from Land Rover. Dubbed Pivi Pro, it features an 11.4-inch, full HD touchscreen with extended features and smartphone connectivity. Not only that, it has the ability to connect two Bluetooth devices simultaneously, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Not only that, the 2021 Discovery has a redesigned Interactive Driver Display. It provides high-definition 3D mapping within the instrumentation. That leaves the central touchscreen free to control other applications. The high-resolution digital instruments can be configured to show a pair of conventional dials, full-screen 3D navigation guidance, or a combination of the two, allowing drivers to customize the view to suit their preference.
The technical highlight here is found under the hood. The new Ingenium turbodiesel engine packs mild-hybrid technology to improve fuel efficiency. The six-cylinder mill is good for 249 PS and 579 Nm of torque and returns up to 15.8 kilometers per liter.
So before you check out the usual German options, perhaps you can take a look at the 2021 Land Rover Discovery before you make your final choice. Besides, you have the assurance that this SUV won't look out of place on the high street or the wilderness thanks to its off-road capabilities.