· The upcoming Land Rover Discovery Sport is a comprehensive update
· Sits on a new platform
· Powered by 2.0 litre petrol and diesel engines
· Gets more equipment
· Looks more like current LR models
The Land Rover Discovery Sport is the Freelander replacement, and as such is the volume generator for the brand. The current Discovery Sport is due for an upgrade, and it got one last year in international markets. India will get the update in the month of February.
The Land Rover Discovery Sport facelift is the opposite of what facelifts usually are. This upcoming model is built on the Premium Transverse Architecture that underpins the second generation Evoque – this platform is equipped to take on electric powertrains as well. The dimensions of the soon to be launched Discovery Sport are almost identical to the outgoing one, at 4597 mm long, 2069 mm wide, and 1727 mm high. The wheelbase stands at 2741 mm. The length and height are 3 mm less than the current model, and the other two dimensions are identical.
The styling hasn’t changed much, but the new Discovery Sport will get new bumpers, headlamps, and a slightly changed grille. This makes it look more like the current Evoque, and Velar. The interior gets more kit, with a larger 12.3 inch all digital instrument cluster, steering mounted controls with touch pads, new HVAC controls, and a Touch Pro infotainment system with a 10.25 inch touchscreen. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are a given, of course.
Powering it will be either a petrol or diesel engine displacing two litres from four cylinders. These Ingenium engines will generate 250 bhp (petrol) and 180 bhp (diesel), and will be available with a 9 speed torque converter automatic gearbox and all wheel drive. A seven seat configuration will be available. The S and SE trims are surely going to be launched here, and the top-spec HSE variant with all the bells and whistles might make it here as well.
The Land Rover Discovery Sport will offer three rows of seats in a class that usually doesn’t offer that – it competes with the Mercedes-Benz GLC, BMW X3, Audi Q5, and Volvo XC60. The price of the upcoming Discovery Sport will increase from the current range of Rs 45-62 lakh, ex-showroom.