Land Rover Discovery Gets New Electronics and a Diesel Base Trim for 2018

Land Rover's mid-size SUV is improved with a bunch of new tech and the option for a diesel engine in the base model.

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Just one year after its introduction, the receives new electronics and colors for 2018, to keep pace with the company’s pricier offerings.

The 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster found in the 2018 and the full-size 2018 is now standard on the Discovery HSE and is a $565 option on the base SE. It can switch among several designs, from a classic two-dial layout to full-screen maps, although switching views is cumbersome when on the move. The optional head-up display is 2.5 times larger and can project full-color images on the windshield, as opposed to the 2017 model’s simpler four-color display. The 10.2-inch central touchscreen with the InControl Touch Pro infotainment system (with in-car Wi-Fi upgraded from 3G to 4G) is standard on the SE whereas, previously, it was restricted to the HSE.

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Automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, formerly a $125 option, is standard; the car can brake itself when traveling at speeds up to 50 mph, although pedestrian braking cuts out at 37 mph. The 2018 Discovery can be covered in a silky, grayish Byron Blue (), and a body-color roof is a no-cost option when selecting the or Black Packs (they previously required a contrasting gray or black roof color). Otherwise, standard equipment is mostly the same as 2017.

Land Rover now offers SE buyers an upgrade to the diesel Td6, a 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 with 254 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque, an engine that returned 28 mpg in our highway testing. The diesel costs $2000 more than the supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 whether you choose an SE, HSE, or HSE Luxury. The gasoline SE, starting at $53,085, costs $2100 more than the 2017 model. All other trims raise their MSRPs by $1540, with gas versions of the HSE at $59,485 and the HSE Luxury at $66,485. Look for the 2018 Discos in dealerships starting early next year.

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