Even before the Defender changed styling completely with its latest generation, there were further discussions about the styling change of another iconic Land Rover model: the Discovery.

After a life spent exhibiting square shapes and a typical perfectly vertical rear, in 2017, the British SUV offered itself a whole new look compared to the 4 previous generations, giving rise to endless discussions between enthusiasts.

Now, three years after its launch, it’s time for a restyling that remains very close to the current model, refining only in certain details. In contrast, this mid-career update puts more emphasis on technology and engines.

New mild hybrid

And what’s under the hood is perhaps the most important novelty on this revamped Land Rover Discovery. There are indeed three new inline 6-cylinder engines from the Ingenium family of the Jaguar Land Rover group, both petrol and diesel. And all opt for a 48V mild hybrid.

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The diesel engine is available in 2 power levels: 249 or 300 hp, while gasoline reaches 360 hp and will be joined by the “small” 4-cylinder with 300 hp and 400 Nm of torque. Discovery’s restyling engine range consists of:

Displacement Number of cylinders Power Couple
P300 2.0 turbo petrol 4 300 hp 400 Nm from 1500 to 4500 rpm
P360 3.0 turbo petrol 6 in line 360 hp 500 Nm from 1750 to 5000 rpm
D250 3.0 turbodiesel 6 in line 249 hp 570 Nm from 1250 to 2.250 rpm
D300 3.0 turbodiesel 6 in line 300 hp 650 Nm from 1500 to 2500 rpm

As on the rest of the range, the mild hybrid system reduces consumption and emissions by storing the energy generated during deceleration, to release it during acceleration, so as not to tire the heat engines.

New technologies

In combination with the 6-cylinder engines, the Land Rover Discovery restyling offers a traction system to optimize the distribution of torque between the front and rear axles, thanks to a series of sensors that analyze the terrain conditions in real time.

There is also an Adaptive Dynamics shock absorber air suspension system – for all models – which monitors the movements of the UK SUV up to 500 times per second, in order to adjust the height and firmness.

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Of course, there’s also the Terrain Response 2 system, to manage traction on all types of terrain, or let the “electronic brains” do it independently, with the new Wade Mode feature, for whatever situation you have to go through. a deep ford.

Some distinctive details

As written at the beginning, the aesthetic changes induced on this restyled Discovery are very slight, but they are still clearly visible, like the grille and the lights inspired by the little brother Discovery Sport with new LED lights on the sides.

There are also new side vents at the front, a glossy black finish on the tailgate and lights (LED of course) in a slightly different design from the current one.

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Inside, the styling changes are even less obvious and mainly concern the rear seats, which have been redesigned and are now even more comfortable. The central dial disappears to manage the gearbox, now replaced (as in the rest of the range) by a more classic lever, which frees up room for new storage.

The infotainment system, based on the new Pivi Pro software, is now faster, more responsive and more feature-rich (with live updates) than the current InControl Touch. To manage it, we find the new 11.4 “touchscreen monitor, flanked by the 12.3” digital instrumentation and head-up display.

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