The Land Rover Discovery soldiers on for another year. For 2021, the mid-range SUV hasn’t changed much outside; wise strategy, as the vehicle’s sunnily refined looks were largely responsible for its position as most improved player in JLR’s annual sales tabulation. Not surprising, then, that the nose has been altered to match the best-selling Discovery Sport.
Much of the news for the upcoming model year applies to engines. The supercharged V6 is out, but a turbocharged inline-six may be optioned; otherwise, it’s a 2L four which delivers just shy of 300 horsepower at peak. The six is married to a 48-volt mild hybrid system, bringing the number to 355.
Earlier this year, we had a look at the 50th Anni Range Rovers and the Dynamic Black Edition of the SVAutobiography variant. A similar, if simplified trim level—R-Dynamic—will be offered on the 2021 Discovery models. It was formerly only available on Range Rover and Jag models, and in this case brings a judicious dose of glossy black to the exterior.
Inside the cabin, two-tone upholstery—leather is standard—with flashy contrast stitching is the style scheme for the upcoming model year. An 11.4-inch touchscreen replaces the outgoing 10-inch unit, and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster keeps driving vitals strictly visible. As a practical concession to an unfortunate and unavoidable fact of the zeitgeist, a new HVAC system is available.