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New-look Land Rover Discovery comes with new mild hybrid engines


Land Rover has unveiled a face-lifted Discovery for 2021, which is priced from £53,090 and comes with 48V mild hybrid options.

All but the entry-level P300 2.0-litre petrol model now have 48-volt mild-hybrid powertrains which in the case of the two diesel versions give fuel economy of up to 34.2mpg with CO2 emissions starting from 216g/km.

Inside, New Discovery benefits from several enhancements, including a completely redesigned centre console housing its 48% larger, 11.4-inch, full HD touchscreen.

Infotainment is provided through Pivi Pro system, which Landrover says is “better connected” as well as “faster and smarter”.

Its built-in back-up battery means navigation initialisation takes just seconds, while the logical menus allow the most commonly used functions to be accessed directly from the customisable home screen, to reduce driver distraction.

Connectivity is provided by dual-sim technology, with two LTE modems enabling the system to carry out multiple functions at the same time – such as streaming media and downloading Software-Over-The-Air (SOTA) updates – without compromising performance.

Land Rover’s SOTA technology allows owners to update as many as 44 individual electronic modules, without the inconvenience of visiting a retailer.

In combination with the 12.3-inch Interactive driver display, new Discovery offers high-definition 3D mapping within the instrumentation, leaving the central touchscreen free to control other applications.

The high-resolution digital instruments can be configured to show a pair of conventional dials, full-screen 3D navigation guidance or a combination of the two, allowing drivers to customise the view to suit their preference.

In addition, customers have the option of a full-colour Head-Up Display, putting high-resolution driving information directly into the driver’s eyeline, removing the need to look away from the road ahead.

Smartphone integration is via Apple CarPlay, while the advanced Bluetooth technology can connect two smartphones simultaneously. Android Auto is also available as standard. Wireless charging with signal boosting technology is also available as an optional extra.

The hands-free ‘gesture tailgate’, another option, can detect the wave of a foot beneath the rear bumper to open the boot while the powered inner tailgate restrains loose items in the 2,391-litre loadspace and doubles as a handy bench.

With seven seats in use, the boot still provides 258 litres of luggage space and all occupants have somewhere to charge electronic devices.

Meanwhile, seating technology allows drivers to configure the seating layout using the central touchscreen, while an app keeps tabs on the fuel status and location of their vehicle, as well as unlocking and locking doors.

In the back, the second-row seats have been redesigned for enhanced comfort, says Land Rover. Improved lateral support, longer thicker cushions and seat profiling all contribute to greater under-thigh support and improved posture for occupants, it says.

New Discovery is available in Discovery S, SE and HSE trim levels, in sporty R-Dynamic guise or as a commercial model with a 2,024-litre cargo area, additional underfloor stowage lockers and the same maximum 3,500kg towing capacity as the rest of the range.

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