As prices rise, Land Rover’s large SUV pumps up the value and picks up new tech from the rest of the range.
- 2021 Land Rover Discovery pricing revealed for Australia
- New mild-hybrid inline six-cylinder engines across the range
- As much as $32,000 of claimed value added to base S D300
- Range simplified, new R-Dynamic appearance package added
- Priced from $99,900 plus on-road costs
SUV specialist Land Rover has rolled out a steady stream of updates over the last few months, and now it’s the 2021 Land Rover Discovery’s turn.
Arriving as a mid-life refresh for Land Rover’s rival to SUVs like the Audi Q8 and Lexus LX, the new models are set to arrive in Australia with Jaguar Land Rover’s latest-generation mild-hybrid six cylinder petrol and diesel engines exclusively.
From the outside, the 2021 Discovery wears new signature LED headlights with revised internals, and a new daytime running light motif. At the rear, the tail lights have also come in for a light revision, and both front and rear light units feature animated indicators.
For those hoping the restyled Discovery might address the asymmetrical tailgate and offset number plate, the news isn’t as good, with the same basic design still in place. Detail changes now see the tail lights linked by a gloss black panel highlighting the tailgate recess.
Up front, the bumper has been lightly tweaked, with detail differences in the lower lip and vent inserts. The newly added R-Dynamic variants build on this with additional Shadow Atlas (grey) and Gloss Black contrast elements.
Moving into the cabin, the rear seat is said to have been redesigned in an effort to improve comfort with longer, thicker cushions, improved thigh and lateral support. Second row ventilation outlets move from the B-pillar to the rear of the centre console.
More interesting are the under-bonnet changes. Like the Defender range, the Discovery moves away from four-cylinder base engines and adopts new mild-hybrid six-cylinder powertrains across the range.
As the brand continues to reduce complexity within key ranges, the choice of engines available for the Discovery drops to just two, the diesel D300 with 221kW and 650Nm and the petrol P360 with 265kW and 500Nm.
Both engines feature a 48-volt mild hybrid system which can harvest energy during deceleration and assist the engine under acceleration in an effort to reduce fuel consumption, along with providing more refined engine stop-start capabilities.
As before, an eight-speed automatic and intelligent all-wheel drive system are standard, and maximum towing capacity remains at 3500kg.
Air suspension and seven seats have been added as standard equipment across the range.
Pricing for the new range starts from $99,900 plus on-road costs for the Discovery S D300, $106,100 for the mid-spec SE D300, and $113,700 for the range-topping HSE.
Opting for the R-Design pack adds a further $5200 on S and SE trims, or $4900 on HSE – full pricing details available below.
While pricing takes a step up of just over $27,000 from the previous $72,865 (plus ORCs) start point of the outgoing Discovery SD4 S, power and torque take a significant step up – compared to the old 2.0-litre engine’s 177kW and 430Nm.
Base model pricing is also higher than the previous $85,134 SD6 S, but outputs from the new 3.0-litre straight six diesel step back slightly from the 225kW and 700Nm of the old 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6.
To make up the difference, Land Rover has tweaked the standard equipment list to include new features like LED headlights, fixed front and rear panoramic roof glass, 20-inch alloy wheels, electronic air suspension, active damping, wade sensing, leather seat trim, manual slide and power recline second row seats, third row seating, dual-zone climate control, ambient interior lighting and a virtual instrument cluster.
Safety and convenience tech now includes standard keyless entry, powered tailgate, auto-dimming rear view mirrors (interior and driver’s exterior), power-folding mirrors, 360-degree cameras, traffic sign recognition, adaptive cruise control with stop & go, clear exit monitor, blind spot assist, rear traffic monitor, rear protection assist and high-speed emergency braking.
Finally, as with Land Rover and Range Rover models before it, the Discovery’s infotainment system moved to the latest Pivi Pro system with an 11.4-inch full HD display housed in a new centre console.
Pivi Pro adds digital radio as standard, two LTE models allowing the system to handle multiple functions like media streaming and software over the air (SOTA) updates simultaneously, and a built-in backup battery to allow the system to pre-load navigation before the ignition starts.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and inbuilt navigation, are included – as is dual Bluetooth connectivity, allowing two phones to be paired at the same time.
The 2021 Land Rover Discovery is available to order now.
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2021 Land Rover Discovery price and specs: Range trimmed, base price increases