Discovery Sport gets complete overhaul

Quick Facts:

  • New Discovery Sport: The compact 5+2 SUV has been updated with the latest user-friendly technology and more efficient engines.
  • Transformed interior: Cabin now offers improved levels of craftsmanship and comfort.
  • Versatile by design: Practical 5+2 seating enhanced with 40:20:40 second row seats – providing 24 possible seat configurations.
  • Refined capability: New Premium Transverse Architecture delivers greater comfort and surpasses most stringent global safety requirements.
  • Adventures large and small: Bigger inside with more room for everyone, as well as increased stowage spaces, up to 1 794L.
  • Technology-enabling capability: New ClearSight Ground View turns the bonnet invisible, while a high-definition rear-view mirror improves rear visibility.
  • Go anywhere: Innovative Terrain Response 2 technology ensures you can wade rivers, climb mountains and explore new terrain.
  • Connected families: Touch Pro infotainment features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless charging and 4G WiFi hotspot.
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The new Land Rover Discovery Sport, the compact premium SUV, has been transformed to make it more technologically-advanced with greater practicality with regards to occupant safety and comfort. Embracing the adventurous spirit that has defined the Discovery family for the past 30 years, the new Discovery Sport is a striking evolution of the original that does not compromise capability.

Demonstrating versatility in a finer form, the spacious, more comfortable and quiet 5+2 interior has been transformed with a completely 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.

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Various levels of trim

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.

The Discovery Sport’s unique versatility has been further enhanced, with improved small item stowage across all rows and a 20% increase in fuel tank capacity (up to 65L). With the option of Land Rover’s Activity Key, the compact SUV is more usable than ever and designed to take your family further.

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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 2% fuel economy improvement, according to Land Rover SA.

The 2.0-litre diesel, badged D180, offers 132kW and 430Nm while returning an average fuel consumption of 5.8 L/100km. The P250 petrol has outputs of 183kW and 365Nm with an average consumption of 8.0 L/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.

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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.

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

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 to make the space more comfortable.

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 2,500kg) more intuitive and safer than ever.

The new Discovery Sport is scheduled for South African introduction near the end of 2019. Pricing will be announced closer to the time.