New Land Rover Discovery facelift gets hybrid help and updated tech

The new seven-seat Land Rover Discovery now features the latest Pivi Pro infotainment system and a range of mild-hybrid engines

The wraps have come off a facelifted version of the Land Rover Discovery. The update features a series of cosmetic and technological tweaks inside and out, along with a revised range of mild-hybrid petrol and diesel engines.

Exterior updates are fairly restrained, stretching to a pair of new matrix LED headlights, a revised front bumper with a new body-coloured insert and redesigned air intakes, and a new set of LED tail-lights. A fresh range of alloy wheels is offered, in 20, 21 and 22-inch sizes.

One thing Land Rover’s engineers have left untouched is the car’s controversial offset rear number plate, although a repositioning of the Discovery name badge and new black trim surrounding the plate help to disguise the much-criticised design feature.

The updates inside are a little more noticeable. As with the rest of Jaguar Land Rover’s models, the Discovery now features the latest Pivi Pro infotainment system, which adds a new 11.4-inch screen in the centre of the dashboard. This is flanked by redesigned heating and ventilation controls.

The new infotainment system is 48 per cent larger and three times brighter than the Discovery’s old Touch Pro Duo unit, and it has been designed for ease of use. Land Rover says that the unit’s most frequently used applications can be accessed directly from the home screen and that, overall, 50 per cent fewer inputs are required to operate it.

The entire engine range is new, with JLR’s latest four and six-cylinder Ingenium engines – some of which benefit from 48-volt mild-hybrid assistance – now offered across the line-up. 

The petrol range starts with the P300 – a 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder that develops 296bhp and 400Nm of torque. Above it sits a 3.0-litre straight six fitted with an electric supercharger. It makes 355bhp and 500Nm of torque.

The diesel line-up consists of 247bhp and 296bhp versions of a 3.0-litre six-cylinder mild-hybrid. Land Rover says the diesel’s towing capacity has increased to 3,500kg, while every Discovery comes with an eight-speed auto and four-wheel drive.

What do you make of the facelifted Land Rover Discovery? Let us know in the comments section below…

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