Land Rover has revealed the new Discovery Sport, the world's most versatile premium compact SUV, and the first member of the new Discovery family. Uniquely in its segment, Discovery Sport's dynamic design combines 5+2 seating configurability with design and engineering integrity in a compact footprint.
A suite of Land Rover innovations debut, including the next generation integral multi-link rear axle, advanced pedestrian airbag technology, an all-new touchscreen infotainment system and state-of-the-art high-strength steel and lightweight aluminium bodyshell for outstanding performance, safety and efficiency.
The Discovery Sport is also available to order with Land Rover's innovative Ingenium diesel engine. The 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium diesel engine is designed to deliver impressive torque and power outputs, combined with excellent refinement, reduced CO2 emissions and lower fuel consumption.
The Discovery Sport's EU6 compliant Ingenium engine will be available with two power outputs - 150PS and 180PS - delivering fuel economy of up to 57.7mpg (4.9l/100km) and CO2 emissions from 129g/km. The powerful 180PS engine has a top speed of 117 mph (188 km/h) and can accelerate from 0 - 100km/h in just 8.9 seconds*. The arrival of these cutting-edge engines, which will replace the current diesel engine in EU6 markets, ensures Discovery Sport is one of the most efficient premium compact SUVs in the world.
In September 2016, Land Rover announced the Discovery Sport E-Capability eD4 which produces 123g/km CO2. The two-wheel drive variant, which features the proven 150PS Ingenium Diesel engine, offers improvements in fuel consumption and further efficiency compared to the four-wheel drive model, making it a particularly desirable option for fleet and business customers.
"The launch of Discovery Sport is a pivotal moment in Land Rover's 66-year history," said Phil Popham, Jaguar Land Rover Group Marketing Director. "Not only does it mark the introduction of the first new member of our expanding Discovery family, it also brings the versatility of 5+2 seating to the compact premium SUV market."
The Ingenium-powered Discovery Sport will also be designated an 'E-Capability' vehicle, with a blue 'Sport' badge highlighting the most efficient variant. E-Capability will be applied to five-seat models fitted with either the 150PS or 180PS Ingenium engine, with 18-inch wheels and low rolling resistance tyres. Additionally, the final drive gearing and engine calibrations have been optimised to provide the lowest possible CO2 for the vehicle.
Designed and engineered at Land Rover's development centre in the UK, Discovery Sport will be produced at the company's award-winning manufacturing facility in Halewood, Liverpool.
*180PS five seat automatic
Discovery Sport is clearly identifiable as a Land Rover but introduces a progressive new design approach specifically tailored to create clear differentiation between the other families within the Land Rover brand architecture: Luxury (Range Rover), Leisure (Discovery) and Dual-Purpose (Defender).
This beautifully proportioned vehicle brings a new sense of dynamism to the Discovery family and projects an image of confidence with its wheel-at-each-corner stance.
The fast bonnet line steps down into a rising belt line, creating a distinctively compact profile that belies significant interior space with optional 5+2 seating.
This streamlined design is complemented by class-leading usability: all-round visibility is excellent, while the interior and load space are easily accessible and fully optimised.
Discovery Sport's versatile interior has been designed to be premium, not precious. The centre console forms a strong vertical graphic in the middle of the instrument panel, ensuring key controls are deliberately placed to provide easy access from the Sports Command Driving Position. Simple, clean surfaces and high-quality materials feature throughout.
The Discovery Sport Dynamic features a number of exterior enhancements, including Narvik Black exterior details, body-coloured mouldings and door claddings and the choice of a unique new 19" wheel design in Satin Dark Grey, or a 20" Gloss Black wheel. Combined with new interior colours and detailing, the new Dynamic design option creates a powerful and striking impression.
Monocoque construction combines a mix of high-strength steel, ultra-high-strength boron steel and lightweight aluminium panels. This ensures a strong, stiff and light base for outstanding dynamic performance and high levels of torsional rigidity. An all-new multi-link integral rear axle heightens agility, increases axle articulation and - together with lightweight aluminium suspension components and carefully calibrated dampers - enables an unrivalled level of compliance no matter what the surface conditions. The new rear axle also reduces interior noise and minimises intrusion of the rear suspension turrets into the load space; this has proved key in providing excellent load space and 5+2 seating.
The all-new EU6 compliant Ingenium engine, which has been introduced to Discovery Sport, will be available with two power outputs. Both the 150PS and the 180PS derivatives provide fuel economy of up to 57.7mpg (4.9 l/100km) and CO2 emissions of 129g/km. The powerful 180PS engine has a top speed of 117 mph (188 km/h) and can accelerate from 0 - 100km/mph in just 8.9 seconds*.
Petrol derivatives use an all-alloy Si4 2.0-litre engine with 240PS and direct fuel injection. This offers six-cylinder levels of performance in a compact package that reduces weight and cuts CO2 emissions by up to 20 per cent, compared to conventional larger capacity engines with a similar power output.
All engine derivatives can be specified with an advanced ZF 9HP48 nine-speed automatic transmission, for peerless refinement, efficiency, driver engagement and off-road capability. A six-speed manual M66 gearbox is also available for diesel models.
*180PS five seat automatic
Three choices of drivetrain are available for maximum versatility and customer choice: two-wheel drive, permanent four-wheel-drive or Active Driveline. Active Driveline switches between two- and four-wheel-drive to provide an unrivalled combination of on-road agility, off-road capability and all-round efficiency.
Class-leading off-road capability stands at the core of Land Rover DNA. Naturally, Discovery Sport's body geometry has been optimised for even the harshest terrain, with excellent ground clearance, approach, departure and breakover angles, and an ability to wade through water to a class-leading depth of 600mm.
Land Rover's Terrain Response® system features on all four-wheel-drive derivatives, allowing drivers to tailor Discovery Sport's responses to the prevailing conditions. Up to five settings are available: General; Grass/Gravel/Snow; Mud and Ruts; and Sand. Dynamic mode is optionally available and heightens on-road performance and driver feedback. Discovery Sport's full suite of all-terrain technologies includes:
The capability of the Discovery Sport is heightened by the introduction of All Terrain Progress Control (ATPC) for 2016. ATPC is an advanced system that enables drivers to set and maintain a steady speed in off-road conditions. Developed by Land Rover's industry-leading all-terrain specialists, ATPC functions similarly to a cruise control system, operational between 2km/h and 30km/h. The system adapts the vehicle's behaviour according to the terrain, allowing even novice users the control of an expert off-road driver.
ATPC also features a dedicated Launch feature, allowing the vehicle to pull away smoothly and easily, even on problematic low-friction surfaces like ice, snow or wet grass.
Many of the innovations that make Discovery Sport unbeatable off-road are equally key to its responsive handling and composure on-road.
Key highlights include:
The new Discovery Sport features cutting-edge technology to maximise both safety and convenience. New developments include everything from an advanced new infotainment system with 8-inch touchscreen to a pedestrian airbag that minimises the consequences of a collision. Other available driver-assistance technologies include:
Land Rover's innovative suite of InControl™ technologies puts Discovery Sport at the cutting-edge of in-car connectivity. Developed in conjunction with Bosch SoftTec, InControl Apps enables vehicle-optimised smartphone apps to be displayed and controlled with their original look and feel from the vehicle's new 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Owners simply download Land Rover InControlTM Apps to their smartphone and connect it to the vehicle's dedicated USB port to enable compatible apps to function on the Discovery Sport's touchscreen, with new content available every time the apps update.
Land Rover InControl Remote™ allows owners to summon roadside assistance or the emergency services if required, while InControl Secure tracks the vehicle should it be stolen.
Head Up Display (HUD) debuts on the Land Rover Discovery Sport. This advanced laser technology projects key driving data including road speed, gear position and satellite-navigation directions onto a compact area of the windscreen in the driver's line of sight. Head Up Display allows the driver to safely access information while keeping their eyes on the road.
Supplementing the Discovery Sport's large and varied suite of technologies is a new feature called Gesture Tailgate. This provides the user with the ability to open and close the powered tailgate by means of a kick gesture, enabling the user hands-free access to the load space.