Spy photos of a partially camouflaged Land Rover Discovery first surfaced in May, hinting that the SUV would soon be refreshed. A month later, more photos emerged, although Land Rover continued to hide the changes under black and white camouflage. Today, a new batch of images finally give us more – our first glimpse of the Discovery’s interior, and it looks like LR is making a few changes.
We can see a larger infotainment screen in the dashboard, which is no surprise as automakers continue to replace physical controls with larger screens. The steering wheel also looks new. These aren’t major changes to the interior, but most mid-cycle refreshes rarely alter the interior too much, due to the vehicle’s current design. Other changes could include wireless charging and a smart rearview mirror.
The majority of the changes will take place outside, but even then they will be small. The camouflage we’ve seen since May is still present on this test vehicle, covering the SUV from the waistline to the wheels. The camouflage hides the changes to the front and rear fairings – redesigned bumpers, new grille, reworked lighting elements and other small changes that will update the Discovery’s design.
Land Rover may also offer the Discovery a powertrain upgrade. Rumors persist. Land Rover will provide Discovery with a 48-volt mild hybrid system and a plug-in which will arrive later. The automaker is not immune to government emissions regulations, and electrification would help keep them under control. Apparently, the Discovery’s plug-in system will be larger than that of the Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque. The 48-volt system would be available for gasoline and diesel powertrains.
There is no indication when Land Rover will unveil the new Discovery, although it is expected to go on sale in the United States next year.