2020 Land Rover Discovery packs more technology, sits on a new platform and new engine under the hood.
The entry-level Land Rover car, Discovery Sport gets an update and although it’s not visible on the first glance, the changes are there. Like the overall design is the same but 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport packs some technology as well as added features to its list.
The 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport gets a new angular headlight design with LED DRL’s running under it. The car also gets new front and rear bumpers with a new front grille as well. The design structure is seen similar at the rear too with subtle bumper change which now houses exhaust tips neatly into it.
The square tail lights seem similar with pointy edges on the side. Overall, the styling on the outside has not been changed much but carries design change on the interiors and mechanical change under the hood.
The car now rides on the Land Rover’s new Premium Transverse Architecture (PTA). This architecture not only makes the body stiffer than the predecessor but also helps in reducing the NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) levels which enter the cabin.
Interiors and Technology
Now coming to the interiors which surely looked outdated and lacked technology, Discovery has picked the right element from the newly launched Evoque. Come inside and you will see newly designed seats which receive a leather upholstery along with 5+2 seat layout.
Land Rover now claims that the second row of seats can be tweaked in 40/20/40 split folding and has configured it in 24 different ways. The third row of seats will now see cupholders. Feature like wireless charging is available in addition to six USB and three 12-v charging ports. Optional massaging seats are also on the board this time.
Step inside and you see that Land Rover has axed the rotary style gear lever and chosen a new joystick-like device which is seen on the Evoque. The cabin is inspired by the bigger Discovery and looks fresh.
It gets a large 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system which supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. The dashboard design is new and the multi-function steering wheel gets capacitive switches.
The SUV also includes a smart rearview camera with a 50-degrees view of what’s happening behind the SUV. The camera is located above the rear window and provides excellent clarity under low light conditions. It has been borrowed from the Evoque and the technology is called, ‘Clear Sight Rear View’.
Land Rover Discovery Sport is a tech-savvy SUV which also features a 180-degrees camera of what’s happening below the vehicle for off-roading. This new technology is called as the ‘Clear Sight Ground View’.
Safety features are not prioritised as it gets autonomous emergency braking and lane assist will follow the lead like before but adaptive cruise control with steering assist will also be offered across all the models. However, these will come under optional packages. Yes, ABD with EBD, dual stage airbags, hill hold control, torque-on demand, hill descent control are some of the other safety features which the car gets
New features like power tailgate and activity key fob will be featured. Of course, these are additional packs which will add to the functionality of the vehicle and improve driver assistance, connectivity and daily practicality.
In addition to the 2.0-litre, a four-cylinder turbocharged motor which generates 246 bhp Discovery Sport is now available with a hybrid powertrain. In total, the engine will produce a whopping 296bhp. There is an under-floor battery too which stores the lost energy while one deaccelerates. The fuel efficiency figures are still not out for the new hybrid engine.
The 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport is scheduled to launch globally but India will have to wait for the updated car. We can expect to see the launch of the SUV in the second half of 2020.