Land Rover’s ‘go anywhere’ premium compact SUV, the Discovery Sport, has been enhanced with latest technologies, new levels of interior quality and increased space for families with a spirit of adventure. The arrival of the digital Touch Pro infotainment system and the introduction of more premium materials throughout transforms the cabin to create a high quality yet practical space.
New ebony 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, a road trip to the Midlands or a family holiday in the Drakensburg.
Outside, 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 a new front grille and bumpers.
ClearSight 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 beneath the vehicle onto the touchscreen. Effectively making the bonnet invisible, this is the realisation of Land Rover’s Transparent Bonnet technology, first previewed in 2014.
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 Land Rover 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.
In South Africa the diesel engine option is covered by an efficient Ingenium 2.0 litre 4-cylinder (badged D180) with 132kW, and is capable of returning an average combined fuel consumption of 5.8l/100km. Acceleration from 0-100km/h happens in 9.7 seconds and top speed is 202km/h.
Petrol power is provided by an Ingenium 2.0 litre with 184kW and fuel consumption as low as 8.0l/100km. The P250-badged Discovery Sport can reach 100km/h in 7.6 seconds and maximum speed is set at 225km/h.
All Land Rover vehicles come standard with a 5 Year Care Plan giving peace of mind with a 100 000km warranty and servicing within in 5 year period, whichever comes first.
Pricing: From R749 500 – R908 100. The price includes VAT but excludes CO2 tax.