Land Rover launch refreshed Discovery

Land Rover Discovery treated to interior, exterior and tech enhancements

Reuben Van Niekerk
Land Rover
Discovery
Land Rover Discovery

Land Rover has announced the introduction of an updated Discovery that features a refreshed interior and exterior as well as a host of cutting edge technology.

 

A bold exterior evolution includes new signature LED headlights and a daytime running light signature set lower into the units. Animated sweeping indicators provide heightened visual sophistication while body coloured front fender vents accentuate the waistline. The front bumper now features a wider body-coloured graphic while at the rear there is a new gloss black panel complete with trademark Discovery script between the tail lights.

 

An optional hands-free gesture tailgate is able to detect the wave of a foot beneath the rear bumper and open the boot. The powered inner tailgate restrains loose items in the huge 2 485-litre load space, when rear seats are folded away.

 

A new R-Dynamic model features a number of unique design elements, including Gloss Black and Shadow Atlas exterior accents on the outside and two-tone leather and contrast stitching on the inside. R-Dynamic models also feature Premium LED headlights, which produce a colour of light very close to that of daylight.

 

Inside story

Intelligent seat folding technology allows the seating layout to be effortlessly configured via the central touchscreen. The second row of seats has been carefully redesigned for enhanced comfort and improved lateral support.

 

A brand new centre console houses a 48% larger 11.4-inch, full HD touchscreen, which provides a safe and intuitive interface. The new Pivi Pro infotainment system provides immediate responses, even when starting the vehicle for the first time thanks to a built in battery that means navigation initialisation takes just seconds. The most commonly used functions to be accessed directly from the customisable home screen.

 

A new-look four spoke steering wheel features hidden-until-lit switches and metal gearshift paddles while a tactile new gear selector provides instinctive control.

 

Connectivity is via dual-sim technology, with two LTE modems enabling the system to carry out multiple functions at the same time. Land Rovers Software-Over-The-Air updates allow owners to update as many as 44 individual electronic modules without having to visit a dealer.

 

In combination with the 12.3-inch Interactive Driver Display, the new Discovery provides high-definition mapping within the instrumentation. These high-resolution digital instruments can be configured to show conventional dials, full-screen 3D navigation or a combination of the two.

 

Smartphone integration is simple, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while advanced Bluetooth technology can connect two smartphones simultaneously. Wireless charging with signal boosting technology is available across the range.

 

Cabin Air Ionisation is now available with PM2.5 air filtration technology that actively measures incoming air quality and uses advanced filters to reduce the level of allergens and harmful particles.

 

Click and Go tablet holders, incorporated into the front seatbacks, easily house tablets and are equipped with USB-A charging sockets too. The 4G Wi-Fi hotspot is capable of linking up to eight devices, ensuring all passengers remain connected on long journeys.

 

Land Rover’s second generation Activity Key is also available and features touchscreen controls, a digital watch and can lock, unlock and start the vehicle as an addition to the conventional fob.

 

Underpinning upgrades

Standard air suspension provides a comfortable ride in all conditions and features automatic speed lowering to improve aerodynamic efficiency and enhance economy at highway speeds.

 

Thanks to Terrain Response 2 technology, the Discovery is always ready to adapt to the driving conditions at hand, while the new Wade mode optimises the vehicle for deep water fording. Configurable Terrain Response allows drivers to fine-tune the Discovery’s throttle mapping, gearbox shift points, steering and suspension settings. The new Discovery also benefits from ClearSight Ground View technology, which uses cameras to project an unobscured view of the ground beneath the front of the vehicle.

 

Under the bonnet

The new Discovery features 3.0-litre straight-six Ingenium engines in both diesel and petrol configurations. The P360 powertrain offers outputs of 265kW and 500Nm thanks in part to 48V Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle technology. The D300 features lightweight aluminium construction and replaces the previous SD4 and SDV6 diesels. With an output of 221kW and 650Nm, the D300 can accelerate from standstill to 100km/h in 6.8 seconds.

 

Availability

The updated Land Rover Discovery is now available at dealerships countrywide.

 

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