Meet the heavily updated Land Rover Discovery Sport…
Land Rover has taken the wraps off its thoroughly updated Discovery Sport, handing its compact seven-seater SUV electrified engines, fresh technology and an overhauled platform.
The Whitley-based firm says the three-row cabin is “more comfortable” and quieter than before, and now features a completely new infotainment interface and the latest connectivity (plus a more flexible seating arrangement, with up to 24 combinations). Land Rover furthermore claims improved small-item stowage across all rows and a 20 percent increase in fuel tank capacity (to 67 litres).
Under the skin, new electrified engines include a 48-volt mild hybrid from launch, while the latest Premium Transverse Architecture underpins a new body that is some 13 percent stiffer than that of its predecessor.
Styling, though, is familiar, with design cues such as the clamshell bonnet, rising beltline and tapered roof remaining. Still, Land Rover says the proportions of the vehicle have been “optimised to project a more striking visual”, with new LED head- and taillamps as well as an updated front grille and bumpers leading the exterior updates.
The 48-volt mild hybrid electric powertrain now offered in the Discovery Sport use an engine-mounted belt-integrated starter generator to harvest energy usually lost during deceleration and stores it in an under-floor battery.
Expected to be offered across the range of four-cylinder Ingenium petrol and diesel engines, the mild hybrid models will eventually be joined by a plug-in hybrid variant later in 2019.
New tech set to be offered in the updated model includes the brand’s “smart rear-view mirror” (which transforms the mirror into a video screen at the flick of a switch) and the “ground view” system (which projects camera imagery offering a virtual 180-degree view beneath the vehicle onto the touchscreen). Wireless charging for mobile devices is also new for the Discovery Sport, as is a 4G WiFi hotspot. USB ports and 12-volt plugs will be offered in all three rows, as will individual ventilation controls.
The Discovery Sport is again expected to be offered in base, S, SE and HSE trim, with the option of adding the R-Dynamic package.
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