- The 2021 Land Rover Discovery Sport has a new electrical architecture and the Pivi Pro infotainment system from the Defender.
- Lane-keeping assist, traffic-sign recognition, and a driver-condition monitor are now standard.
- Land Rover has discontinued the base version, which raises the point of entry by $4100; the new starting price is $42,950 for the Discovery Sport S P250.
For 2021, Land Rover’s Discovery Sport receives an easier-to-use infotainment system made possible by a new electrical architecture that boasts a staggering 85 ECUs. Now if a British vehicle with 85 onboard computers doesn’t sound like the greatest idea you’ve ever heard, you’re not alone.
Dubbed Pivi Pro, the new infotainment system adds standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and comes with a modem to allow for over-the-air updates. Land Rover boasts that it has the same intuitive usability as a smartphone and can be configured to suit the user’s needs and we’ve found it to work well in the Land Rover Defender. Drivers may also appreciate that the system doesn’t have to reboot every time the Disco Sport shuts off. A dedicated power source allows the infotainment system to sleep when the ignition is off.
To let drivers and passengers breathe easier, Land Rover now offers a cabin air-filtration system that will keep even tiny particles out of the interior. The system can be manually turned on, but it also has sensors for pollutants and allergens and will automatically turn on when needed.
For the safety minded, the Discovery Sport will now come standard with traffic-sign recognition, lane-keeping assist, a driver condition monitor that watches the driver to make sure eyes and attention remain on the road, and a surround camera that gives a view of the vehicle’s surroundings.
Land Rover has dropped the base Discovery Sport Standard 4WD model, which means the lineup now starts at the S 4WD model. While the price change from 2020 to 2021 on the S 4WD is only $400, the loss of the old base model means that the Discovery Sport’s point of entry is $4100 more than before, with the base model starting at $42,950 and topping out at $48,000 for the R-Dynamic SE P250.
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