The 2021 Land Rover Discovery seamlessly blends striking exterior aesthetics with a remarkably versatile and intelligently organized full-size seven-seat interior. Its unique character and optimized proportions embody over three decades of Discovery design evolution, building on its predecessor’s achievements in setting new standards for sophistication, desirability, and capability. The introduction of the new R-Dynamic model adds a compelling dimension to the Discovery family, featuring a more assertive design than ever before.
Internally, the state-of-the-art Pivi Pro infotainment system from Land Rover, coupled with a meticulously redesigned center console, elevates the unrivaled combination of intuitive convenience and premium comfort within the New Discovery. With 21st-century connectivity, intelligent stowage solutions, and ample space, the New Discovery stands out as the ultimate full-size seven-seat SUV.
Gerry McGovern, Chief Creative Officer at Jaguar Land Rover, expressed, “New Discovery is a beautifully proportioned and sophisticated premium SUV. This compelling and versatile vehicle has been refined in every detail, enhancing its characterful exterior and hugely versatile interior to ensure the Discovery maintains its position as the most capable and family-friendly full-size SUV in the world.”
While retaining Discovery DNA design cues such as the clamshell bonnet, stepped roof, and prominent C-pillar, the new model undergoes a bold exterior evolution. Carefully considered design enhancements contribute to a more assertive road presence, with body-colored front fender vents accentuating the vehicle’s waistline.
Signature LED headlights distinguish the New Discovery, featuring a Daytime Running Light signature set lower into the lamps for a more purposeful appearance. The premium look is further enhanced by intricate detailing on the Matrix LED units, customizable for different driving scenarios. Animated sweeping indicators on the front and rear lamps add a touch of visual sophistication.
The redesigned front grille, reminiscent of the New Discovery Sport, creates a consistent and recognizable face for the Discovery family. With a more purposeful honeycomb design and finished in the Atlas color matching the Discovery script on the bonnet, the grille exudes a commanding presence. Revised front bumpers display a new, wider body-colored graphic, contributing to a more dynamic appearance.
At the rear, all Discovery models boast distinctive LED signature lamps joined by a Gloss Black panel across the vehicle’s back. This panel adheres to Land Rover’s reductive design philosophy, incorporating the Discovery script for a clean rear graphic. Complementing the new headlights, the LED taillights make the New Discovery instantly recognizable, while a redesigned lower bumper enhances the vehicle’s overall aesthetic.
Offering a range of six alloy wheel designs and four finishes, the New Discovery provides a total of 11-wheel options, ranging from 19 inches to the all-new 22-inch Technoviper option. This larger wheel features a choice of diamond-turned finish with Dark Grey contrasting paint or a fully Gloss Black finish.
Customers can personalize their New Discovery with a selection of 12 premium exterior paint colors, including the new Hakuba Silver, Lantau Bronze, and Charente Grey finishes. All Discovery, S, SE, and HSE models showcase Silver Atlas detailing on the grille, tailgate finisher, and badging scripts.
Internally, the New Discovery undergoes substantial enhancements that underscore its premium status and reflect Land Rover’s esteemed craftsmanship. Prioritizing versatility, the interior seamlessly integrates a full-size seven-seat layout with a contemporary and spacious cabin design, featuring Land Rover’s cutting-edge Pivi Pro infotainment system to reaffirm the Discovery’s position as the ultimate large family SUV.
“By optimizing comfort and interior space and offering unrivaled technology solutions, we’ve ensured New Discovery is the most capable and connected full-size seven-seat premium SUV. Enhanced quality and premium materials add to the enduring family appeal of this legendary model.”Alan Sheppard, Director of Interior Design at Land Rover
A newly designed four-spoke steering wheel introduces a more open and elegant design, thanks to its more compact airbag. Polished metal-finish spokes lend the wheel a rugged architectural look that contrasts with premium touch-sensitive controls. These concealed-until-lit switches bring New Discovery’s extensive and intuitive infotainment functions to the driver’s fingertips. The redesigned center console accommodates the new 11.4-inch Pivi Pro infotainment touchscreen, offering class-leading capability and ease of use. The updated heating and ventilation controls feature a sophisticated hidden-until-lit interface. These premium design elements offer unparalleled functionality and are flanked by vertical polished metal-finish stanchions running from the face-level vents at the top of the dashboard to the transmission tunnel.
The revised transmission tunnel houses the ergonomically enhanced tactile gear selector, the rotary controller for Terrain Response 2, and the infotainment volume control. Additionally, a deep storage compartment provides ample stowage for drinks bottles and features a sliding cover to keep valuables out of sight. At the base of the center console, a conveniently located wireless charging pad ensures smartphones stay topped up.
The second-row seats undergo careful redesign for enhanced comfort, with improved lateral support, longer thicker cushions, and thoughtful seat profiling contributing to improved under-thigh support and posture. Relocating the second-row air vents from the B-pillars to the center console further enhances comfort, allowing for a significant increase in airflow to second-row passengers. These passengers have their own hidden-until-lit ventilation controls and power supplies on the redesigned center console.
Land Rover’s designers focus on every seat, offering a range of new finishes that position New Discovery at the pinnacle of the large premium SUV sector. There are five different colorway finishes for the Grained and Windsor leather options.
For the first time on Discovery, customers can opt for sustainable non-leather upholstery. The new Luxtec material, made of lightweight recycled polyester microfiber, combines a soft, luxurious feel with durability and tear resistance to meet the demands of active family living.
All fabric-trimmed front-row seats now feature eight-way power adjustment, while the Grained and Windsor leather options offer 14, 18, and 20-way adjustments. Heated and cooled seats, along with massage functionality in the front row, ensure occupants remain comfortable regardless of external conditions.
The introduction of the new R-Dynamic model infuses New Discovery with a more assertive character and a purposeful stance, marked by a range of distinctive design elements. This variant boasts purposeful Gloss Black and Shadow Atlas exterior accents on the outside, coupled with two-tone leather and contrasting seat stitching on the inside.
Up front, the R-Dynamic model showcases a redesigned front bumper with a lower, wider emphasis, creating a more impactful visual impression. The addition of a broader body-colored graphic, along with Gloss Black detailing on the side vents, grille, and bonnet badges, contributes to a heightened sense of purpose and dynamism.
The rear of the New R-Dynamic models is distinguished by a body-colored insert positioned between the tailpipes, while the wheels display a Satin Dark Grey or diamond-cut and clearcoat finish for a touch of sportiness. The R-Dynamic variant also offers the option of a Narvik Black contrast roof, adding a further element of style.
Inside the cabin, the New Discovery R-Dynamic model features a distinctive and sporty duo-tone leather finish, incorporating Light Oyster center inserts and Ebony Black bolsters. This combination creates a purposeful and premium environment, emphasizing the dynamic and refined character of the R-Dynamic variant.
READY FOR ANYTHING: NEW DISCOVERY IS THE ULTIMATE FAMILY SUV
The New Discovery stands out as the ultimate and versatile full-size seven-seat premium SUV, offering unrivaled family-friendly flexibility and interior space. A series of enhancements have been incorporated to provide increased functionality, improved comfort, and 21st-century connectivity, ensuring that the innovative interior maintains a commitment to comfort without compromise.
A key feature of New Discovery is its trademark stadium seating, ensuring excellent forward visibility for all seven occupants. The rearmost seats are designed to accommodate adults up to 1.90m tall, ensuring comfort for everyone. The second-row seats have been redesigned with a longer base, increased cushion thickness, and revised profiling to enhance under-thigh support and posture while preserving generous legroom. These seats can slide forward and backward, allowing passengers to optimize luggage space and rear legroom as needed.
Alan Sheppard, Director of Interior Design at Land Rover, emphasized the family-friendly versatility, stating, “Family-friendly versatility has always been at the heart of the Discovery experience, and New Discovery comfortably takes every activity in its stride with generous cabin space and outstanding connectivity.”
Comfort is further enhanced by relocating the second-row air vents to the redesigned center console, doubling the airflow to second-row passengers and improving overall airflow by 27% for the four-zone climate-controlled heating and ventilation system.
Class-leading interior storage is a hallmark of New Discovery’s versatility, with up to 41.8 liters of storage available over 14 different cubbies, gloveboxes, and storage trays. The redesigned center console now features an optional wireless charging pad and a deep cubby, providing ample space for items such as iPads or drink bottles.
The rear of the driver and front passenger seats feature single hard-cased map pockets, along with the option of innovative Click and Go tablet holders and USB-C charging sockets. Occupants in the third row have individual storage areas, cup holders, and USB-C charging points, ensuring connectivity for all.
New Discovery caters to connected families with up to four 12V sockets and nine USB-C charging points across all three rows of seats. Five ISOFIX mounting points allow child seats in the third row, and heated seats are available in all three rows. The seat layout can be controlled using Land Rover’s Intelligent Seat Fold technology, reconfigurable through the Pivi Pro infotainment touchscreen or conveniently located switches.
The single-piece tailgate enhances versatility with its wide aperture and Powered Inner Tailgate. This innovative feature includes a fold-down section that supports up to 300kg, offering a convenient space for various activities. The powered tailgate can be opened remotely, and customers can choose from a range of accessories, including Tailgate Event Seating, Inflatable Waterproof Awning, Seat Backpack, Pet Access Ramp, Portable Rinse System, and rugged load space liners.
NEW DISCOVERY DEPLOYS ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY TO ENHANCE CONVENIENCE AND CAPABILITY
New Discovery maintains Land Rover’s pioneering approach to technology, featuring intuitive new Pivi Pro infotainment technology and state-of-the-art Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, all supported by the latest Electrical Vehicle Architecture, EVA 2.0.
The intuitive Pivi Pro infotainment system is central to New Discovery, offering enhanced graphics, capability, and ease of use. Accessed through the central 11.4-inch touchscreen, the system boasts a pioneering design inspired by smartphones, providing immediate responses and a clear menu structure. A built-in back-up battery ensures quick navigation initialization, and the easily customizable layouts require 50% fewer inputs, reducing driver distraction.
Nick Rogers, Executive Director Product Engineering at Jaguar Land Rover, emphasized the connectivity and performance enhancements, stating, “The New Discovery is an awesome car with real capability. Our new Pivi Pro infotainment system is fast and intuitive to use, keeping all occupants connected and entertained wherever they are in the world.”
Pivi Pro enables Software-Over-The-Air (SOTA) technology, allowing electronic control modules to be updated remotely. The navigation system utilizes self-learning algorithms and dynamic guidance, with Smart Voice Guidance adapting to familiar surroundings. The system proposes alternative routes based on real-time traffic conditions and identifies regularly used routes.
The 12.3-inch Interactive Driver Display complements the system, providing high-definition 3D mapping and configurable views. The multi-function steering wheel with touch-sensitive switches and the optional color Head-Up display contribute to driver convenience and reduce distraction.
Smartphone integration is seamless with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth connectivity for two smartphones simultaneously. The wireless charging pad, located in front of the gear selector, accommodates large QI-compatible smartphones.
Land Rover’s Click and Go tablet holders, USB charging sockets, and optional Online Pack for unlimited data further enhance comfort and convenience. Charging sockets are strategically placed throughout the cabin, and Advanced Cabin Air Ionization actively reduces allergens and harmful particles in the cabin.
The Remote app allows users to track the vehicle’s location, lock and unlock it remotely, and monitor fuel levels. The 11.4-inch Pivi Pro screen supports New Discovery’s all-terrain capability, including the 3D Surround Camera, Advanced Tow Assist, and ClearSight Ground View.
Land Rover’s next-generation Activity Key, now featuring an LCD watch, offers additional convenience. Advanced Driver Assistance Systems include the innovative 3D Surround 360-degree Parking Aid, Emergency Braking, Front and Rear Park Distance Control, Cruise Control, Speed Limiter, and Traffic Sign Recognition with Adaptive Speed Limiter.
New Discovery’s audio systems see improvements with revised components, more powerful amplifiers, and enhanced digital processing. Standard, Meridian 13-speaker, and Meridian 15-speaker sound systems deliver immersive audio experiences, with the 700W system offering surround sound.
NEW STRAIGHT-SIX INGENIUM ENGINE FAMILY POWERS NEW LAND ROVER DISCOVERY TO EVEN GREATER HEIGHTS
New Discovery introduces a trio of straight-six Ingenium engines, both petrol and diesel, incorporating 48V Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) technology for enhanced efficiency, performance, and smoothness.
The new straight-six engine family, designed and developed in-house, features advanced diesel options available in 249PS (183kW) and 300PS (221kW) outputs, along with a powerful 360PS (265kW) petrol engine. The six-cylinder engines incorporate Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) technology, providing immediate power delivery and enhanced efficiency. The D250 and D300 six-cylinder Ingenium diesels replace the previous SD4 and SDV6 diesels, featuring lightweight aluminum construction, low-friction design, and Intelligent 48V mild hybrid technology.
The MHEV system harvests and stores energy during deceleration, redistributing it to assist the engine during acceleration. This results in six-cylinder performance with four-cylinder efficiency. The technology also contributes to more refined Stop/Start system operation.
All New Discoverys with six-cylinder Ingenium engines feature an advanced driveline that optimizes torque distribution between front and rear axles. The new Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system enhances traction, on-road dynamics, and driveline efficiency, improving fuel economy and reducing CO2 emissions without compromising off-road capability.
The straight-six diesel engines are Euro 6d-Final compliant and meet Real Driving Emissions Step 2 (RDE2) standards, making Discovery among the first full-sized seven-seat premium SUVs with RDE2-certified diesels. The range of new six-cylinder diesels includes:
- D250: 249PS (183kW), 3.0-litre six-cylinder MHEV, 570Nm of torque at 1,250-2,250rpm
- D300: 300PS (221kW), 3.0-litre six-cylinder MHEV, 650Nm of torque at 1,500-2,500rpm
The new 3.0-litre straight-six Ingenium petrol engine, featuring advanced aluminum construction and low-friction design, is available in two versions:
- P300: 300PS (221kW) 2.0-litre four-cylinder, 400Nm of torque at 1,500-4,500rpm
- P360: 360PS (265kW) 3.0-litre six-cylinder MHEV, 500Nm of torque at 1,750-5,000rpm
The P360 petrol engine incorporates a twin-scroll turbocharger and a state-of-the-art 48-volt electric supercharger for immediate boost, virtually eliminating turbo lag. Continuous Variable Valve Lift, MHEV technology, and a belt-integrated starter motor contribute to enhanced performance and efficiency.
The range of New Discovery engines offers a comprehensive choice to meet varied preferences and driving requirements. The advanced eight-speed automatic transmission, adaptive to individual driving styles, supports all powertrains. Land Rover’s commitment to reducing environmental impact includes measures to minimize CO2 emissions during the manufacturing process and the use of zero-carbon electricity for UK-based operations.
NEW DISCOVERY: THE ULTIMATE SUV FOR FAMILY ADVENTURES
New Discovery maintains Land Rover’s renowned capability both on and off-road, equipped with state-of-the-art technology, a range of efficient Ingenium petrol and diesel engines, and the Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system. The vehicle combines traditional all-terrain attributes with modern innovations, ensuring it continues the legacy of being a versatile and premium family SUV.
- Exceptional Ground Clearance: New Discovery boasts an impressive ground clearance of 283mm, combined with favorable approach, breakover, and departure angles. It also features wheel articulation of 455mm and a maximum wading depth of 900mm, ensuring exceptional capability in various terrains.
- Intelligent Driveline: The new Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system optimizes torque distribution between front and rear axles based on sensor inputs, providing improved traction, on-road dynamics, and driveline efficiency. The twin-speed transfer box allows for selectable high and low-range gears.
- Terrain Response 2 Technology: Land Rover’s advanced Terrain Response 2 technology monitors driving conditions and automatically adjusts throttle mapping, steering responses, suspension settings, and traction control to suit different surfaces and conditions. Drivers can also manually select settings for specific preferences.
- Configurable Terrain Response: Drivers can fine-tune Discovery’s performance with Configurable Terrain Response, adjusting throttle mapping, gearbox shift points, steering, and suspension settings according to personal preferences for off-road driving.
- Wade Mode: A new Wade Mode, accessed via Terrain Response 2, optimizes settings for fording deep water. It automatically adjusts throttle and suspension, raises the vehicle to off-road height, and applies brakes when leaving Wade Mode to enhance braking capability.
- ClearSight Ground View: The ClearSight Ground View system uses front grille and door mirror cameras to provide a 180-degree view of the area directly ahead on the central touchscreen, aiding visibility, especially in challenging terrains.
- All-Terrain Progress Control (ATPC): ATPC allows drivers to set a crawl speed while negotiating difficult terrains, freeing them to focus on steering without worrying about maintaining the chosen speed.
- Air Suspension: New Discovery features air suspension as standard, offering a comfortable ride over uneven surfaces. The air suspension can be adjusted to lower or raise the vehicle, providing easier loading access, improved ground clearance, and increased fuel efficiency at cruising speeds.
- Adaptive Dynamics: The Adaptive Dynamics system uses Continuous Variable Damping to monitor body movements and optimize control and comfort by adjusting suspension settings in real-time.
- Dynamic Stability Control (DSC): DSC enhances cornering confidence and security by monitoring all four wheels and applying braking force or reducing engine torque to counteract understeer and oversteer.
- Electric Power-Assisted Steering (EPAS): Land Rover’s EPAS technology provides a variable ratio system for natural and responsive steering feel, making maneuvering easy at low speeds and offering stability at higher cruising speeds.
- Safety: Advanced safety features include Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Adaptive Dynamics, and a suite of driver assistance systems like Hill Descent Control (HDC), Gradient Release Control (GRC), Electronic Traction Control (ETC), and Roll Stability Control (RSC).
The comprehensive set of features and technologies ensures that New Discovery delivers excellent on-road comfort and handling while maintaining Land Rover’s legendary off-road capability.
AWARD-WINNING TOWING PERFORMANCE
The New Discovery emphasizes its exceptional towing capability as a fundamental aspect of its overall versatility. Here are the key features related to towing:
- Towing Capacity: The New Discovery showcases a remarkable towing capability with a capacity of 3,500kg. This high towing capacity makes it well-suited for hauling heavy loads, such as trailers or boats.
- Advanced Tow Assist Technology: The vehicle is equipped with state-of-the-art Advanced Tow Assist technology. This feature enables drivers to utilize the central touchscreen and the rotary Terrain Response selector for steering the vehicle during reverse maneuvers while towing. Responsive trajectory lines displayed on the central screen enhance driver confidence during reverse parking.
- Trailer Stability Assist: To enhance safety during towing, the New Discovery incorporates Trailer Stability Assist. This technology detects trailer sway and intervenes by gradually reducing the speed of the vehicle. It achieves this by cutting the engine and gently applying the brakes, aiming to restore control to the driver.
- Electrically Deployable Tow Bar: When the vehicle is equipped with the Electrically Deployable Tow Bar, it gains additional advanced features for towing:
- Rear Height Adjust: This feature allows the driver to easily lower and raise the height of the rear of the vehicle. This capability provides added convenience during the hitching or unhitching of a trailer.
- Hitch Assist: Leveraging surround cameras and the central touchscreen, Hitch Assist assists the driver in guiding the Tow Bar to the trailer mounting point. This simplifies the connection process, ensuring accuracy and ease of use.
- Nose Load Measurement: The Nose Load Measurement system enables a quick and easy check of the weight being applied to the Tow Bar. This information can be monitored using the central touchscreen or the Remote app on a smartphone, allowing drivers to ensure that the load adheres to recommended safety limits for towing.
In summary, the New Discovery’s towing capabilities are enhanced by a combination of cutting-edge technologies, providing both performance and convenience for drivers towing heavy loads.