New Land Rover Discovery Sport revealed (gallery)
Land Rover has revealed its new Discovery Sport SUV, which is available to order now priced from £31,575.
While the new model retains its familiar looks, under the skin there are a variety of changes including new hybrid engines and advanced technology.
The D150 manual is RDE2 certified, offering cheaper company car tax for business users.
Interior quality has been given a boost, thanks to higher quality materials. There is also a new infotainment setup that uses two touchscreens for all the main controls.
The new Discovery Sport is available in Discovery Sport, S, SE and HSE trim, in addition to the R-Dynamic variants. Customers can specify five or seven seats and all-wheel-drive is available.
Built on Land Rover’s latest Premium Transverse Architecture (PTA), the Discovery Sport is 13% per cent stiffer than its predecessor making it safer, more refined and better to drive.
The new platform allows for the introduction of 48-volt mild hybrid electric vehicle (MHEV) powertrains on Discovery Sport. First launched on the new Range Rover Evoque, the system uses an engine-mounted belt-integrated starter generator to harvest energy normally lost during deceleration and stores it in an under-floor battery.
At speeds below 11mph, the engine can shut off when the driver applies the brakes, before redeploying the stored energy to assist the engine under acceleration to reduce fuel consumption.
Available across the range of four-cylinder Ingenium petrol and diesel engines, the mild hybrid delivers CO2 emissions from as low as 144g/km and fuel economy up to 40.9mpg.
A more efficient plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) variant will also join the range later in 2019.
The most efficient Discovery Sport model currently available is the Front-Wheel Drive 150HP diesel with manual transmission, offering emissions from as low as 140g/km of CO2 and fuel economy from 47.8mpg.
There are also a 180PS and 240PS diesels available, alongside petrol models offering 200PS and 250PS.
A ‘smart rear view mirror’, first seen on the Evoque, provides a digital image from a rear-mounted camera.
Ground View technology can help drivers navigate high city centre kerbs or tackle rough terrain by projecting camera imagery that offers a virtual 180-degree view beneath the vehicle onto the touchscreen.
There is a reversing camera as standard on all models, alongside a suite of available advanced driver assistance systems. This includes optional Adaptive Cruise Control with Steering Assist.