So far, Land Rover and Jaguar haven't released all-new models this year. However, they are making up for it by giving almost every model they have a bit of a facelift. In the Land Rover stable, it's only the Discovery that hasn't received an update, but that's about to change.
Like most of the Land Rover line-up, the Discovery gets welcome updates for 2021. These include tweaks to the exterior, updates to the interior and technology, and new mild-hybrid engines under the hood that can make as much as 300 PS and 650 Nm of torque.
But from the outside, it doesn't look like Land Rover did much to the SUV. It 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.
Inside, it looks similar to the pre-facelift models, but the new tech brings the Discovery into the new decade. There's a new infotainment screen with upgraded software that adds an enhanced interface. Land Rover says the screen is nearly 50 percent bigger than before, which allows high-definition display. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, plus the advanced Bluetooth technology can connect two smartphones simultaneously. It even has wireless charging with signal boosting technology.
Now for the engines and most are fitted with mild-hybrid technology. We say most because the new base engine doesn't come with that tech. That said, the entry-level engine isn't what we'd call underpowered. It's a 2.0-liter turbo engine that's good for 300 PS and 400 Nm of torque. It's the only four-cylinder option available.
It's the six-cylinder engines that get mild-hybrid systems. The 3.0-liter turbodiesel packs 250 PS and 570 Nm of torque, while the 3.0-liter turbo-gas mill makes 360 PS and 500 Nm of torque. But if that's not enough torque, there's a 300 PS diesel with a whopping 650 Nm of pull. There is no manual transmission option available, and the only gearbox you get is an eight-speed automatic like most European luxury cars.
Since the Discovery is available locally, we can expect the facelifted version to land here eventually. As for the exact date, that's all up to the local distributor. A mid to late-2021 launch is possible should market conditions be favorable.