Land Rover Unveils the 2020 Discovery Sport
Land Rover has an ambitious schedule to expand its lineup these days, but it’s also continuing to rely on some stalwarts that have been holding the fort for many years now. A case in point is the Discovery Sport, known here until 2015 as the LR2. The compact utility model has been reworked for 2020, and Land Rover lifted the veil on the new version this week.
The 5+2 configuration, which includes two jump seats folded into the trunk that can be opened up and used when needed, is back for 2020. The model gets a gentle visual makeover and is more capable than ever, including a fuller list of equipment and features to help it stay competitive in its category.
Overall, the styling remains as true to the brand’s tradition as ever. But the tech is updated, as are some of the powertrain configurations. The interior has been redesigned from top to bottom. Under the hood, the big news is the arrival of a 48-volt light-hybrid system. It includes a 4-cylinder turbo, and the total output for that powertrain is 296 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.
The other unit is also another 2.0L turbo, taken from the Jaguar-Land Rover Group’s line of Ingenium engines. The 246 horses and 269 lb-ft of torque are both less than what’s on offer with the hybrid powertrain, but that won’t stop this configuration from being the most popular choice among buyers. In all 2020 Discovery Sports, the transmission is a 9-speed ZF automatic unit, and all versions get all-wheel drive.
Take note that if you opt for the hybrid version, the vehicle offers five seats only – no jump seats.
Also inside, the model gets, for the first time, the Touch Pro multimedia system, which enables WiFi access as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
New safety systems added for 2020 include adaptive cruise control with steering assistance, lane keep assist, automatic emergency braking and a driver attention monitor.
For the moment, we don’t know what Canadian pricing will be for each of the versions of the 2020 Discovery Sport; we should know more as the launch date nears.