New Land Rover Discovery Sport for SA: Improved 4x4 tech, engines and 'invisible bonnet'
• Updated with the latest technology and more efficient engines
• Updated exterior enhances distinctive Discovery design
• Practical 5+2 seating enhanced with 40:20:40 second row seats
• New Premium Transverse Architecture
• Increased small and large stowage spaces, up to 1794-litres
• New ClearSight Ground View turns the bonnet invisible
• Innovative Terrain Response 2 technology
• Touch Pro infotainment, wireless charging and 4G WiFi hotspot
The new Discovery Sport has been transformed to make it more technologically-advanced with greater practicality to keep its occupants safe and comfortable in all conditions.
The new Discovery Sport is scheduled for South African introduction near the end of 2019. Pricing will be announced closer to the time.
Demonstrating versatility in a finer form, the spacious, more comfortable and quiet 5+2 interior has been transformed with a new infotainment interface and latest connectivity, plus a more flexible seating arrangement with up to 24 combinations.
Trademark Discovery design cues, including the clamshell bonnet, rising beltline and tapered roof remain, but the new model is a bold exterior evolution. The proportions have been optimised to project a more striking visual with new signature LED headlamps at the front and rear, alongside an updated front grille and bumpers. Inside, the arrival of the digital Touch Pro infotainment system and the introduction of more premium materials throughout transforms the cabin to create a practical, high quality space.
New seats across each of the three rows provide improved comfort and versatility, thanks to the second row 40:20:40 split fold and slide functionality, boosting the possible number of seat combinations to 24 and covering every eventuality – be it the school run or a family holiday.
The new Discovery Sport will be available in Standard, S, R-Dynamic S, R-Dynamic SE and R-Dynamic HSE trim. The R-Dynamic variants mark themselves out with Shadow Atlas script on the bonnet and tailgate. Inside, branded treadplates further differentiate them from the core models.
In South Africa customers will have a choice of refined Ingenium diesel and petrol engines paired with an updated ZF nine-speed transmission which offers a further two per cent fuel economy improvement.
The 2.0-litre diesel, badged D180, offers 132kW and 430Nm while returning an average fuel consumption of 5.8-litres/100km. The P250 petrol has outputs of 183kW and 365Nm with an average consumption of 8.0-litres/100km. An even more efficient P300e plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) version is scheduled to join the range in South Africa in 2020.
To maximise efficiency, models with All-Wheel Drive (AWD) benefit from Driveline Disconnect – a Power Transfer Unit at the front axle that disconnects drive to the rear wheels under steady state cruising, reducing frictional losses and re-engaging AWD in less than 500 milliseconds.Designed to meet the digital demands of a modern family, the latest Discovery Sport is available with a ‘smart rear view mirror’ that transforms into a video screen at the flick of a switch to display what is behind the vehicle in crisp high definition.
Offering a wider (50-degree) field of vision and superior visibility in low light conditions from a camera mounted above the rear window, the mirror ensures rear visibility is not compromised by second row passengers or bulky items in the boot.
Ground View technology has been introduced to help drivers navigate high city centre kerbs or tackle rough terrain by projecting camera imagery that offers a virtual 180-degree view around and beneath the vehicle onto the touchscreen. Effectively making the bonnet invisible, this is the realisation of Land Rover’s Transparent Bonnet technology, first previewed in 2014.
Discovery Sport’s unique versatility has been further enhanced, with improved small item stowage across all rows and an increase in fuel tank capacity (up to 65-litres).
Built on Land Rover’s latest Premium Transverse Architecture (PTA), the Discovery Sport provides greater versatility and refinement with a new body that is 13% stiffer than its predecessor and, together with rigidly-mounted subframes that reduce noise and vibration intrusion into the cabin, ensures maximum safety in the event of a collision.
Wireless charging for compatible mobile devices is introduced for the first time within the lower centre console, while a 4G WiFi hotspot, alongside USB and 12-volt connectivity points on every row, ensure passengers remain charged and connected.
Second and third row occupants also benefit from individual heating and ventilation controls.
According to Land Rover: "For regular drivers of the new Discovery Sport, Smart Settings uses artificial intelligence algorithms to learn driver preferences, adjusting massage and seat positions, music and climate settings and steering column positioning to suit each driver."
The latest Discovery Sport is every inch a Land Rover, combining assured all-terrain handling with all-weather capability, including a wading depth of 600mm, All-Wheel Drive and a second-generation Active Driveline system. Terrain Response 2 automatically detects the surface and adjusts the torque delivery to best suit the conditions, while Advanced Tow Assist makes reversing with a trailer (up to 2500kg) more intuitive and safer.
There is a reversing camera as standard on all models, alongside a suite of advanced driver assistance systems.
This includes Adaptive Cruise Control with Steering Assist, which centres the vehicle in the lane based on road markings as well as maintaining a safe distance from the vehicle in front.
Other active safety features include Lane Keep Assist and Driver Condition Monitor.