DETROIT – In our opinion, the most impressive thing about the Land Rover Discovery was under the hood.
Our Discovery R Dynamic S had a 3.0-liter inline-six producing 355 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. It was mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.
This combination got 18 mpg in the city, 24 mpg on the highway, and 21 mpg combined. It still had the weight of a Land Rover, but this new edition was more elegant.
Yes, there was the flap hood, but there were new LED headlights with daytime running lights with front and rear turn signals.
At the rear, the New Discovery featured new LED lights, which were connected to the rear by a new black panel.
It was an easy and comfortable ride. The front seats had captain armrests. Of course, they were heated and cooled. Turning on the Discovery R was like starting a computer. We had to adjust or reset its features, like those heated seats. This can be a nuisance if you have a lot of errands to go.
There were two sunroofs. One was above the front seats, while the other was above the third row, which all finds have. The second and third row seats were either electric or electrified, as Land Rover called it. The tailgate too.
The redesigned center console housed an 11.4-inch larger, 48% larger, Full HD touchscreen with a quick and intuitive interface.
There was a new four-spoke steering wheel with switches hidden until it was lit and metal gearshift paddles with a tactile electronic gear selector.
On the 12.3-inch interactive driver’s display, the new Discovery offers high-definition 3D mapping, leaving the center touchscreen free to control other applications. The high-resolution digital instruments can be configured to display a pair of conventional dials, full-screen 3D navigation guidance, or a combination of the two, allowing drivers to customize the view to suit their preferences. Since we knew where we were, we didn’t need to use it.
Connectivity was provided by dual-sim technology, with two LTE modems allowing the system to perform multiple functions at the same time, such as streaming media and downloading over-the-air software updates.
Land Rover SOTA technology allows owners to update up to forty-four individual electronic modules, without having to visit a retailer.
Our test vehicle could tow up to 8,300 lbs. Our only problem was that we didn’t have the 2021 Land Rover Discovery R Dynamic long enough to tow anything or download updates.
Still, we were impressed and the $ 73,255 sticker seemed reasonable for what you get.
Frank S. Washington is Editor-in-Chief of AboutThatCar.com