Land Rover Discovery attacks recession with update

The latest generation of the Land Rover Discovery SUV has not won the love of the people. In the US, sales remained at the same unbeatable level, with just 19,026 vehicles purchased by Americans in 2018 and 2019. In Europe, however, demand has fallen markedly: if last year the circulation was 13,120 pieces, then last year it was 9,766. Are buyers not satisfied with the appearance? Alas, the planned update fundamentally does not change anything in this regard. Discovery gets new LED headlights, redesigned grille and bumpers, different wheels and new exterior colors. The lineup also includes an R-Dynamic version with black outer wheel trim.

Sales of the updated Discovery are expected in the spring of 2021, but British dealers have already started taking orders. The base car costs £53,655, although the pre-facelift SUV can now be had for £48,640.

The diesel version of the D250 accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.1 seconds, while the petrol version of the P360, supported by a 48-volt starter-alternator, in 6.5 seconds. For comparison, modifications before the update with 249 and 340 hp engines. perform the same exercise in 8.1 and 7.1 seconds, respectively.

The architecture of the front panel of the cabin is the same, but a higher-quality 11.4-inch display of the Pivi Pro multimedia system is installed on the center console. This complex works faster, is trained to automatically update “over the air”, is friends with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and works with two LTE modems. There are now fewer buttons on the central tunnel, and instead of a rotary gear selector, there is an electronically controlled lever. Rear passengers get new seats with improved lateral support and longer, fuller cushions, while airflow deflectors have been moved from the B-pillars to the rear of the front armrest box.

The interior of the updated model is easy to recognize not only by the large display, but also by the new steering wheel. The British also upgraded the digital instrument panel, organized a platform for more powerful wireless charging with a signal amplifier under the console, and improved the air filtration and ionization system. The 4G Wi-Fi hotspot supports up to eight devices at the same time.

From the previous engine range, only the four-cylinder 2.0 (300 hp, 400 Nm) remained, and the rest of the units were replaced by an in-line six-cylinder 3.0 in combination with a 48-volt hybrid system. The power of turbodiesels reaches 249 and 300 hp. (respectively 570 and 650 Nm), and for a gasoline engine — 360 hp. (500 Nm). This is in Europe. Every Discovery (manual) has an eight-speed automatic transmission, air suspension (although it used to be spring), adaptive dampers and improved all-wheel drive with a clutch that, in normal driving conditions, distributes up to 100% of traction to the rear axle. to save fuel.