The 2021 Range Rover Discovery came to represent the fifth production year of the current generation and that seemed like a perfect occasion for a mid-cycle update. So, it’s no wonder that there are all kinds of novelties presented with this year’s model. We can see updates in terms of styling, interior upgrades and, importantly, big novelties under the hood. Of course, there are also big novelties in terms of features. All these things make the SUV more appealing in the segment of three-row luxury SUVs.
Despite the updates, the overall layout has remained the same. We are still talking about the only three-row SUV in Land Rover’s lineup, which balances between practicality, luxury and off-road performance. It’s the most capable luxury SUV in the segment, but that’s compromised with not particularly engaging handling and on-road comfort. Also, the three-row versions aren’t as spacious as some rivals.
2021 Range Rover Discovery Redesign
Design-wise, the 2021 Range Rover Discovery has brought a lot of improvement. Of course, the first thing that comes to mind is the styling. We can see a couple of quite interesting novelties, especially at the front. There, you can see things like a new grille, revised headlights, reshaped bumper etc. The rear end gets a couple of tweaks as well, while there are also typical updates in terms of new wheels and colors.
On the other side, the overall layout remains the same. You may count on the same overall shape. Apart from the engine lineup, the mechanical aspect has also remained pretty much the same, with minor suspension tweaks only. Of course, the size has remained the same, so you may count on about 115 inches, which may be shorter compared to German rivals, but definitely keeps off-road potential on a higher level, and that’s definitely one of the most important things for British engineers.
Another big novelty for this year is the addition of the R-Dynamic model, which is practically a base version with a plethora of visual upgrades. These upgrades are mostly outside and come in form of glossy black details, which definitely have a positive impact on the overall visual appeal.
This mid-cycle update wasn’t about exterior styling only. We can notice interesting novelties on the inside as well. One of the first things that come to mind is a new infotainment screen at the center console. It is bigger and also brings new software. Yes, we are talking about the company’s latest Pivi Pro infotainment system, which fixes all the issues of the previous one. The screen now measures 11.4 inches diagonally. The instrument cluster is also new and completely digital, with a typical 12.3-inch size.
You can notice a few model updates in terms of dashboard aesthetics but styling changes aren’t the only ones that came with the 2021 Range Rover Discovery. The seats in the second row have been upgraded as well, in order to provide a higher level of comfort. Speaking of the seats, the overall layout remains the same. Base models come with a capacity for five, while the third row is optional. Although useful, the additional row definitely isn’t spacious enough for adults, while the limited wheelbase also means that the cargo area behind it isn’t particularly generous.
Speaking of the cargo space, two-row versions are definitely a better pick. If you want us to talk in numbers, this SUV offers around 41.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second-row seats and 83 cubes of the total cargo volume, which is good for the segment.
2021 Range Rover Discovery Engines
New visual details definitely made a huge impact on the model’s overall appeal but we have no doubt that new engines are the biggest novelty for the 2021 Range Rover Discovery. There are two new units in the offer, both turbocharged and both quite efficient.
Base models now feature a new 2.0-liter turbo-four, which puts out 296 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. This engine comes directly from the new Defender and offers pretty solid driving dynamics. Of course, it comes in pair with 8-speed automatic transmission.
The optional V6 is also something we’ve seen before. We are talking about a 3.0-liter inline-six, which can be found in the Range Rover as well. The engine is good for about 355 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque and replaces the Supercharged V6. The engine also comes coupled with 8-speed automatic transmission. Furthermore, it also uses a mild-hybrid setup, which has a positive impact on fuel economy for sure.
2021 Range Rover Discovery Pricing
When it comes to pricing, this model goes in a quite wide range. That’s no wonder, considering that there is a pretty big amount of options you can get. Base models start around 55.000 dollars, while the most expensive versions can go way over 70.000 dollars.