Stiffer, extra aero environment friendly and with higher crash safety than the ‘D7u’ construction beneath right now’s Discovery, it gives the elements for a completely modernised and extra aggressive Discovery providing whereas additionally crucially offering the required area for a seven-seat format.
Just like the Vary Rovers, the Discovery’s alternative will be anticipated to be launched with a alternative of combustion and plug-in hybrid powertrains. However there received’t be a diesel for the primary time within the 4×4’s historical past as Land Rover is dedicated to phasing out that choice throughout the line-up by 2026.
A top-drawer efficiency choice with BMW’s 4.4-litre V8 is unlikely, given the Discovery’s extra overt mass-market billing than the Vary Rover pair. Nonetheless, the acquainted mild-hybridised 3.0-litre Ingenium six-cylinder is suitable with the brand new platform so is more likely to be carried over. Considerably, the MLA-based plug-in hybrids already on sale – which pair this engine with a 38.2kWh battery – supply an EV vary exceeding 60 miles, which is among the many longest of any PHEV accessible and would make any Discovery P410e (because the equal Vary Rover is badged) a compelling different to the BMW X5 xDrive45e and Mercedes-Benz GLE 350de.
As for the eventual pure EV, which is more likely to be proven in 2025 after the combustion automobile, Land Rover will little question be benchmarking the most recent arrivals within the giant electrical SUV section earlier than launch, together with the Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV and Volvo EX90, to make sure the Discovery can commerce on aggressive efficiency statistics in addition to the agency’s trademark off-road agility and practicality.
Lengthy-distance touring capability will proceed to be a precedence for Land Rover’s largest fashions, so an official vary within the mid-300-mile area appears doubtless, and provided that even the agency’s new PHEVs can cost at 50kW, the pure EVs are anticipated to supply among the many most fast top-up instances available on the market.
Superior connectivity can even be a precedence for Land Rover fashions launched after 2025. JLR has partnered American software program large Nvidia to co-develop a brand new (and bespoke) software program stack that majors on self-driving capabilities – the likes of park help, augmented actuality driving aids and occupant monitoring – whereas introducing a brand new income within the type of over-the-air upgrades and downloadable options.