Discovery Sport is the youngest SUV in Land Rover’s lineage and yet this SUV has been the highest selling Land Rover worldwide with 100,000 units sold just last year. Now as the competition has grown tougher and the rivals are getting stronger, Land Rover has given the Disco Sport a major update. Behold the new Land Rover Discovery Sport.
First thing’s first, the new Discovery Sport is now based on a new platform. The new Discovery Sport sits on the new Premium Transverse Architecture used by the second-generation Range Rover Evoque, which is also built at the JLR’s Halewood plant. This new platform has also allowed the Discovery Sport to get new engine options, mainly the electrified ones – the 48V mild-hybrid system introduced on the Evoque features on the bulk of the Discovery Sport’s powertrain line-up, while a full plug-in hybrid version will follow later this year. The new Discovery Sport is available in Sport, S, SE, and HSE trim, along with an R-Dynamic version.
Talking design, the new Discovery Sport maintains the styling cues and the silhouette of its predecessor, over which tweaks have been applied to bring its design in line with the second-generation Evoque and Range Rover Velar. The exterior changes focus on new front and rear bumpers, a revamped grille, new lower body moldings and LED headlights.
The interior, on the other hand, has received more extensive changes, the Discovery Sport has finally been equipped with Land Rover’s latest infotainment and technology systems. The Touch Pro (not to be confused with Duo) infotainment system, which features a 10.25-inch touchscreen and is now compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is standard across all variants while the lower interface incorporates controls for the heating and ventilation systems and Terrain Response, is offered as an option. A 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster is also available, along with a color head-up display. An optional wireless smartphone charger is offered, as are up to eight USB ports. Passengers in the second row of seats also gain AC controls.
Under the hood, the Discovery Sport will come with a fair bit of options, the entry model – the D150 diesel – the only front wheel drive and non-mild hybrid is mated to a 6-speed manual that makes 150hp and 380Nm of torque. All the other variants feature a 4-wheel drive system and a 9-speed automated transmission. Other engine options will be 180hp and 240hp diesel and a 200hp petrol, while the most powerful option will be the P250 MHEV that will make 250hp and 365Nm of torque which is claimed to reach 0 to 100 km/h in 7.1 seconds.
Sticking to the company’s offroad legacy the new Discovery sport features the latest version of Land Rover’s Terrain Response 2 system, with four drive modes to adjust the all-terrain technology as well as an auto option that detects and adjusts for the conditions itself. All Discos ride on coil springs, with an Adaptive Dynamics system that uses variable suspension dampers to monitor and adjust to road conditions. Along with the new drive mode systems, it offers ground clearance of 212mm and 25-degree approach, 30-degree departure and 20-degree break over angles.