By on November 10, 2020

2021 Land Rover Discovery

I don’t much care for tea, unless I am sick.

Some folks find it refreshing, though. And tea time is a thing in Britain.

Speaking of British things, the 2021 Land Rover Discovery is refreshed.

Tea, Britain, Land Rover, refreshment – that’s a bit of a Mad lib there. It’s been a long day.

Anyway, the Discovery gets new LED headlights and taillights, new front and rear bumpers, the Pivi Pro infotainment system, new second-row seats, an updated Activity Key, and tablet holders for the second-row.

The front bumper now has a wider body-color graphic and new side vents. A new gloss-black panel bridges the gap between the taillights at the rear.

2021 Land Rover Discovery

The new infotainment system has an 11.4-inch touchscreen and can receive over-the-air updates. Pivi Pro promises simpler and easier-to-use menus for the touchscreen, and Land Rover claims a battery backup will bring the navigation system up quickly upon starting.

An available R-Dynamic model has gloss black and Shadow Atlas exterior accents on the outside and two-tone leather with contrasting stitching inside.

2021 Land Rover Discovery

Speaking of the inside, the second-row seats have been redesigned to increase comfort, with what JLR calls improved lateral support. Cushions are longer and thicker and the seats are repositioned. This is claimed to improve thigh support and posture.

Land Rover is touting a max towing capacity of 8,200 pounds, and an Advanced Tow Assist system helps with maneuvering.

2021 Land Rover Discovery

There are four trim levels: 2.0L S, 2.0L S R-Dynamic, 3.0L S R-Dynamic, and 3.0L HSE R-Dynamic.

Engine choices remain a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 296 horsepower or a 3.0-liter inline-six that makes 355 horsepower. Base pricing starts at $53,900, not including the $1,350 destination fee.

[Images: Jaguar Land Rover. European model shown]


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14 Comments on “2021 Land Rover Discovery – British Refreshment...”

  • avatar

    Nice way to dress up a Ford Escape. I understand that Tata JLR is now making their own 2.0L T. That was the only redeeming fact of the Discovery. I also understand they are using the 9 Speed ZF aka Cherokee Trans. A hot mess coming your way. Will lease well to the upwardly mobile young female types.

    • 0 avatar

      You’re thinking of the ‘Discovery Sport’. The regular Discovery is a RWD-based vehicle.

      • 0 avatar
        Kyree S. Williams

        Right. And even then, the Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque sit on a heavily modified version of the EUCD platform, which the Escape/Kuga never used (they were on the less-premium C1/Focus platform). However, the first-gen XC60 and LR2/Freelander 2 used EUCD. So it’s not even technically an Escape offshoot.

        Also describing a vehicle as undesirable and then saying it will lease well to “upwardly mobile young female types” sounds derisive. You could have said that a lot differently…or better yet, not have said it at all :)

    • 0 avatar

      “Nice way to dress up a Ford Escape”

      Lol, me and my new Escape thank you for this :) , but I think the only thing they shared was the 2.0 Turbo back a few years ago, they have since developed their own 2.0 turbo. At least that’s the way I understand it

  • avatar

    Still dumpy and awkward looking, but I guess a mild facelift can’t fix its odd proportions.

    • 0 avatar

      I agree, as bad as they were I really liked the tall, boxy, glassy Discoverys of old

      • 0 avatar

        Yeah, the back view looks like a REALLY tall i3.

        The tall and skinny look shouldn’t be what LR aims for. Taller and skinnier isn’t a good mid cycle refresh, but they’ve cleaned up some of the more odd design choices on the back.

        Addition by subtraction I guess.

  • avatar

    I think a lot of former Discovery owners will be lured to the Defender as it feels like a more natural replacement for the old Doscovery. However I’m tempted by one of these models. Sure it’s not the best looking Land Rover, but it’s extremely practical and something of a Swiss Army knife.

  • avatar
    DC Bruce

    TFL Truck bought a new Disco, custom ordered as, basically, a stripper. Soon after delivery, it started throwing a CEL, which, apparently remains unresolved despite the best efforts of the dealer and JLR people to diagnose it.
    It does run, however.
    Buyer be advised.

  • avatar

    Well, that thing looks way better to me than the average over-wrought two -box whiz-bang crossover. It looks elegant,modern, sharp and unencumbered with encrusted slots, grilles, external gargoylic excrescences or gigantic plastichrome GM-style fantasy grilles, all of which reek of poor taste. The Disco’s sleek, with the wheels out to the body’s edge, which gives it a great stance. Makes the regular stuff and especially plump hausfrau German fastback roof crossovers look like overfed waddling ducks.

  • avatar

    If the rear registration plate isn’t centered left to right, what else have they missed??

    But nevermind all that, how many uncounted ballots can you stash in the back? (I kid, I kid.)

  • avatar

    I just made discovery that I do not want Discovery.

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