The 2019 Land Rover Discovery is expected to keep the current model’s £30,000 starting price, meaning it significantly undercuts alternatives such as the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes GLC. You can expect prices to rise to closer to £40,000 for a plug-in hybrid model. You’re unlikely to see official pictures of the new car until next year, with it going on sale soon after. It combines responsive on-road performance with go-anywhere off-road capability in a single versatile package that still retains typical Land Rover levels of comfort and luxury.
- New Land Rover Discovery Sport
- Car spotted warm-weather testing in Spain
- Plug-in hybrid model expected
- Price from £30,000
- Release date 2019
The Discovery is offered in three variants: SE, HSE and HSE Luxury. Power is provided by either a 340-hp 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine, or a 254-hp 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 diesel (Td6); both are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with manual mode and paddle shifters. Full-time four-wheel drive with Land Rover’s acclaimed “”Terrain Response”” system and available All Terrain Progress Control help the Discovery tackle a wide range of off-road conditions.
Trim-dependent standard features include: a panoramic glass roof, power inner tailgate, 20-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, front and rear heated seats, leather upholstery, three-zone automatic climate control, HD/satellite radio, Bluetooth wireless phone connectivity/audio streaming and In Control Apps smartphone integration, as well as InControl Touch with navigation and a 10.2-inch high resolution touchscreen; an available third row boosts seating capacity to seven. Safety equipment includes four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, electronic stability control with traction control and roll mitigation, a rear camera with park assist and six airbags. For 2019, the SE is now standard with LED headlights and all trims are now standard with Auto High Beam Assist, Lane Keep Assist, Driver Condition Monitor and Reverse Traffic Detection.
- 3.0L V-6 Engine
- 8-spd w/OD Transmission
- 340 @ 6,500 rpm Horsepower
- 332 @ 3,500 rpm Torque
- Terrain Response four-wheel Drive type
- ABS and driveline Traction control
- 1st row fixed glass Sunroof
- 19″ silver aluminum Wheels
- Front air conditioning, dual zone automatic
- AM/FM/Satellite-prep, seek-scan Radio
- 2 – 1st row LCD monitor
- Keyfob (all doors) Remote keyless entry
- Rear Fog/driving lights
- Heated mirrors
- Windshield wipers – rain sensing
- Leather Seat trim
- Driver and passenger Lumbar support
- InControl Touch Pro Navigation System with voice activation Navigation system
- Parking assist
2019 Land Rover Discovery Safety Features
ABS brakes automatically sense when a tire has stopped rotating under extreme braking, and will modulate the brake pressure to allow the tire to rotate. This increases the vehicles ability to turn while braking.
Stability control automatically senses when the vehicles handling limits have been exceeded and reduces engine power and/or applies select brakes to help prevent the driver from losing control of the vehicle.
Front-impact airbags for the driver and passenger have been designed to protect the head during a frontal crash.
Side impact airbags
Side impact airbags for the front seats have been designed to protect the torso during a side impact collision.
Overhead airbags are used to protect the occupant’s heads in the event of a side collision or rollover.
Seatbelt pretensioners automatically tighten seatbelts to place the occupant in the optimal seating position during a collision.
The vehicle is equipped with a means of anticipating and/or detecting unwanted vehicle intrusion. The vehicle is equipped with an ignition disable device that will prevent the engine from starting if the correct original manufacturer key is not used.
New 2019 Land Rover Discovery styling
While this test car’s heavy camouflage makes it hard to determine exactly how the 2019 Land Rover Discovery will look, it’s unlikely to get the PTA platform that is destined for the new Range Rover Evoque. Instead, it’ll get a modified version of the current car’s chassis.
The smooth lines hidden by the wrap seem to indicate that the new car will get the rounded, flush-fitting grille that we first saw fitted to the full-sized Discovery. The car’s front bumper also looks to be more aggressive with large air vents on either side.
The smallest changes will be made to the side of the car, but you can expect to see a selection of new wheel designs that’ll make the Sport look fresher without having to make any significant (expensive) changes. The back of the car, meanwhile, gets revised tail lights but should avoid the unpopular offset bumper that has put so many people of the larger new Discovery.
New 2019 Land Rover Discovery interior
The Discovery Sport’s interior is likely to get improved plastics and revised trim designs, but a new infotainment system with a larger screen and improved graphics will be the most obvious change. Interior space is also said to be slightly improved, although the current car can already accommodate two adults in the back and has a third row of seats suitable for kids.
New 2019 Land Rover Discovery technology
The new 2019 Land Rover Discovery is also set to get some truly exciting tech in the form of augmented reality that was first shown in the Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept (main pic). The new Sport will use front-mounted cameras to give you a view of the terrain directly below the bonnet. That video is then projected onto the windscreen – making the bonnet seem to disappear to give you an uninterrupted view of the ground beneath. Aside from looking mind-bogglingly cool, the tech will make it extremely easy to place the Discovery Sport over the rough terrain it is capable of tackling.