Amidst all the hullabaloo around the Defender, Land Rover has given the Discovery a bit of TLC. The Discovery hasn’t been the pick of the lot despite its breathtaking off-road capabilities, but Land Rover aims to find a few buyers for it with the updates. Prices start at Rs 88.06 lakh, and for that, you have some subtle but necessary updates throughout.
It still carries over the bold and butch front fascia, but look closely, and you will notice the new headlamps and refreshed bumpers. Similarly, at the rear are updated taillamps and the rear bumper that will need a Discovery expert to spot the differences. That said, it does have a fresh look to it, and that just might be all that it needs.
On the inside, you have a new Pivi Pro infotainment system like on the Defender. The 11.4-inch touchscreen is crisp and has a plethora of tech and information. The other addition is a PM2.5 air filter, which has become the norm in recent times.
The new Discovery also has revamped the seats on the second row. It still is just as spacious, but the seat themselves offer better support and cushioning this time round. There is better under-thigh support, and offering a better posture for occupants has been the primary goal.
Other clever bits like the Activity Key, Clock and Go tablet holders, and some smart seat folding options make the Discovery relevant for 2021.
The new Discovery will be powered by the Ingenium petrol and diesel straight-six engines mated to a 9-speed automatic gearbox.
Owners who wish for petrol have the option of the P360, which is a 3.0-litre, turbo-petrol engine developing 355bhp and 500Nm, whereas the diesel buyers can opt for the D300 which is a 3.0-litre, turbo-diesel churning out 296bhp and 650Nm.
However, the four-cylinder turbo-petrol P300 will also be part of the lineup.
Rohit Suri, President and Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover India, said, “The new Discovery, while retaining Land Rover’s legendary breadth of capability, offers renewed levels of refinement, luxury and efficiency which make it the best full-size SUV for the outdoors and adventure-filled journeys with the family.”
The prospective Discovery buyers are the ones looking at the Audi Q7, BMW X5/X7 and the Mercedes-Benz GLE/GLS but want something different from the crowd.
Sure, the off-road capability is something traditional luxury buyers care little about, but it is a lot to brag about at your next penthouse party.