With the interest of most customers currently fixed on EVs, off-roaders, and trucks as of late, it’s no surprise why attention has largely been on Land Rover’s Range Rover lineup and the all-new Defender that’s returning from a hiatus.
As a result, customers seem to have forgotten about one of its most utilitarian models—the Land Rover Discovery.
The Discovery’s third-generation arrived in the 2017 model year, which replaced the second generation that carried the LR3 and LR4 badges in the United States. Now in its fourth model year, the current model is in need of a mid-cycle refresh. And it looks like that’s exactly what is going to happen.
Online publication Auto Express reportedly spotted a test mule for the upcoming Discovery, giving everybody an idea of what to expect from the model.
The test mule was reportedly spotted outside Land Rover’s Coventry headquarters for the first time with some light camouflage covering the vehicle. Considering the new version is only getting a mid-cycle refresh, it’s not expected to have major changes on the exterior.
According to reports, the facelifted Discovery looks almost the same as the current generation, including its once-controversial asymmetrical rear tailgate.
When the Discovery arrives, it will be competing against segment rivals Audi Q7 and Volvo XC90, both of which have also received recent updates.
The current generation of the Discovery is available with either a supercharged or turbocharged V6 in the U.S. But the upcoming model is expected to carry a new mild-hybrid drivetrain, considering that Land Rover has already equipped most of its lineup with a mild-hybrid or a plug-in hybrid.
The new Land Rover Discovery is expected to be revealed later this year.