The Land Rover Discovery Sport has received a facelift for 2019 and the good news is that it will be coming to South Africa before the year is out.
The Land Rover Discovery Sport has been quite a success for Jaguar Land Rover. It has done well locally too, with a brace of CarsAwards-powered by WesBank under its belt. However, the segment has moved on significantly and the vehicle needed an update. Here it is and the visual changes range from new signature LED lights at the front and rear, a new front grille as well as new bumpers.
Under the skin, the latest version of the Land Rover Discovery Sport is built on the Premium Transverse Architecture, which JLR claims gives its body 13% more stiffness and a reduction in noise and vibration. Another change is the 20% increase in the storage capacity of the fuel tank, which now sits at 67 litres.
The Disco Sport's cabin has received some updates too and the digital Touch Pro infotainment system is now standard. There's extensive use of more premium materials in the cabin and there's even more focus on practicality in this 7-seat luxury SUV. The tech we've seen in the new Evoque has been carried over. The smart rearview mirror and ground view camera are available for the Discovery Sport. Wireless charging makes it debut here too.
European markets will be able to opt for Discovery Sport, S, SE and HSE trim as well as the striking R-Dynamic. While the engine lineup for the European market looks focused on new plug-in hybrid tech, we expect the new Land Rover Discovery Sport powertrain to replicate that of the recently-launched Range Rover Evoque. That'll mean a pair of 4-cylinder turbocharged motors, with the choice of petrol or diesel.
The turbopetrol 4-cylinder engine offers up 183 kW and 365 Nm of torque, while its diesel sibling is down on power at 132 kW, but packing a 430 Nm punch. Being a Land Rover, the Discovery Sport still offers commendable offroading capability. With a wading depth of 600mm and all-wheel drive, it should be just as good as before. We'll have local info on the Land Rover Discovery Sport shortly.