Slightly more than a year after launching the fifth generation of the Land Rover Discovery, the seven-seat passenger sports utility vehicle is getting a bevy of updates that should enhance its overall appeal. For the 2018 model year, the Land Rover Discovery will be available in six time levels and in more optional elements.
The powertrain update for the 2018 Land Rover Discovery saw the addition of the 3.0-liter Td6 diesel engine as one of the available mills for the Discovery SE trim. This means that the 2018 Discovery is now offering a diesel engine in all three available trims – SE, HSE and HSE Luxury. This 3.0-liter diesel engine is tuned to deliver up to 254 hp of output and up to 443 lb.-ft. of torque, with power sent to the wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The new diesel SE trim means that 2018 Land Rover Discovery is now available in six variants, compared to just five in the 2017 iteration. These trim variants include the gas SE, diesel SE, gas HSE, diesel HSE, gas HSE luxury and diesel HSE luxury. Gasoline-powered variants of the 2018 Land Rover Discovery will continue to be served by a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that could deliver up to 340 hp (253 kW) of output and up to 332 lb.-ft. (450 Nm) of torque.
As for other upgrades, most of these are found inside the 2018 Land Rover Discovery. SE versions are now provided, as standard, with 10-inch touchscreen. On the other hand, HSE and HSE Luxury models are now granted with a 12.3-inch touchscreen, instead of a traditional gauge cluster. All trim levels for the new 2018 Land Rover Discovery are now installed with Land Rover's 10-inch InControl Touch Pro system that includes 4G Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity for up to eight devices. The new 2018 Land Rover Discovery could also be fitted with a new optional heads-up display.
For the 2018 model year, the Land Rover Discovery (all models) comes standard with automatic braking and pedestrian detection, which used to be offered as an optional element on all trims of the SUV.
Along with the updates comes a slight increase in the starting prices of the 2018 Land Rover Discovery. There is around a $2,100 surge in the base price of the gas SE trim, while the 2018 version of the gas HSE, diesel HSE, gas HSE Luxury, diesel HSE Luxury trims now command a premium of $1,540 over their 2017 counterparts. Thus the 2018 Land Rover Discovery now has starting prices of: $52,090 for the gas SE); $54,090 for the diesel SE; $58,490 for the gas HSE; $60,490 for the diesel HSE; $65,490 for the gas HSE Luxury; and $67,490 for the diesel HSE Luxury.