When we think of a luxury SUV or crossover, we usually think of one from Japan or Germany. But the folks at Land Rover Philippines want you to check out one of their future models. This year, they will bring in the facelifted Discovery, so you might want to wait for that to arrive. This bit of intel comes from Land Rover Philippines.
The current-generation Land Rover Discovery was launched back in 2017, making it ripe for a minor model change. Those updates arrived in late 2020 with tweaks to the exterior design and more tech inside and under the hood.
But first, the exterior updates. For 2021, the Discovery gets new headlights with a revamped LED signature, along with a new apron for the front bumper and black elements. At the back, the taillights are a shade darker than before, although they kept the asymmetric license plate holder. Of course, the signature Discovery cues remain, from the kicked-up roof to the name spelled out on the edge of the hood.
Land Rover Philippines didn't mention which variant the country will get, but there are several available. There's the base S, mid-spec SE, and top-of-the-line HSE. That's aside from the R-Dynamic versions that are available in SE and HSE trim. The R-Dynamic features a unique front bumper and darker accent trimmings on the outside.
Inside, the tech upgrades include a new infotainment screen with upgraded software that adds an enhanced interface. Land Rover says the screen is nearly 50% bigger than before, which allows a high-definition display. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, plus advanced Bluetooth technology can connect two smartphones simultaneously. It even has wireless charging with signal boosting technology. That said, it is unknown if the local Discovery will have that feature.
Engine options are not final yet, but we're likely to get the SDV6. It's a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel like before, but it now packs mild-hybrid technology. In its most basic form, that diesel engine puts out 250 PS and 570 Nm of torque, but a more powerful version makes 300 PS and 650 Nm of torque. We're hoping the local models get the latter.
So, when will it arrive? Land Rover Philippines didn't mention an exact date yet, but they are targeting a mid-2021 release. Prices might hover between PHP 6.5 to PHP 8 million, making it a good match for the Lexus LX 570 and BMW X5.