Land Rover Packs 2020 Discovery Sport Full Of Hidden Upgrades

  • Land Rover Packs 2020 Discovery Sport Full Of Hidden Upgrades

Land Rover Packs 2020 Discovery Sport Full Of Hidden Upgrades

Embracing the adventurous spirit that has defined the Discovery family for the past 30 years, the new Discovery Sport strikes a balance between a bold evolution of the original design and the familiarity that comes with no-compromise capability.

Styling, though, is familiar, with design cues such as the clamshell bonnet, rising beltline and tapered roof remaining.

Due to reach South Africa towards the end of 2019, the Discovery Sport has been given a subtle exterior makeover that brings new signature LED headlights and taillights as well as a new grille and redesigned bumpers.

The seats have been redesigned too, and they're more flexible in terms of configuration, with up to 24 different combinations possible.

In addition to the newly standard 246-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four, the Discovery Sport is now available with a hybrid powertrain.

Land Rover on Tuesday unveiled the 2020 Discovery Sport.

The Disco Sport will be available in five trim grades: Standard, S, R-Dynamic S, R-Dynamic SE and R-Dynamic HSE trim.

Inside it gets a brand new dashboard with more premium-looking materials, and it's been loaded with new gadgets. The steering wheel features new controls with capacitive feedback and the center stack incorporates a 10.0-inch touchscreen display serving as the infotainment hub. Improving on it is a folding layout with 40:20:40 split-folding second-row seats. Massage functionality is now also offered for the first time on Discovery Sport in the front row providing improved comfort.

The seat themselves can be covered in a new Luxtex material which is made out of recycled polyester microfiber. In both cases, drive is to all four wheels. There are extra storage cubbies, plus a wireless charging pad for mobile devices up front and 12-volt charge points elsewhere.

The mild-hybrid setup is essentially a belt-driven motor-generator able to recover energy normally lost during braking and store this in a small battery. The energy can also be used to start the engine, which switches off whenever the brakes are applied at speeds of less than 11 miles per hour. The company says that the gasoline engine shuts off at speeds under 11 miles per hour and that energy in the underfloor battery pack is stored during deceleration and redeployed during acceleration. It, along with the new high-definition rear-view mirror, help drivers better navigate in tricky off-road situations. The new system also provides a wider 50-degree field of vision using a camera positioned above the rear window and delivers clearer visibility in low light conditions1,2.

A real highlight is the realization of Land Rover's Transparent Hood technology the company first previewed in 2014. The digital transformation does not stop there. Wireless phone charging, WiFi capabilities, and USB charging ports also ensure that the Discovery Sport can more easily adapt to our modern lifestyles. Land Rover says this will be helpful for drivers tackling rough terrain or high city curbs. A suite of advanced driver assistance systems is offered across all models, including Adaptive Cruise Control with Steering Assist, which centers the vehicle in the lane based on road markings as well as maintains a following distance from the vehicle in front1. The new Discovery Sport reaches US retailers this summer.

Local pricing will be announced nearer to launch. Visit LandRoverUSA.com for additional information, to locate a retailer and register your interest.