The system, which uses a starter/generator integrated into the belt mounted on the engine and coupled to an underfloor battery, means that Discovery Sport offers a fuel consumption of 40.9 mpg, with CO2 emissions of 144 g/km (equivalent to NEDC converted from WLTP). A full plug-in hybrid version will be presented later this year.
The basic model – and only non-soft hybrid – will be the front-wheel-drive version of the D150 diesel, which is offered with a six-speed manual and provides 148bhp and 280lb ft of torque. All other versions feature four-wheel drive and use a nine-gear ZF automatic gearbox, which has been upgraded to improve fuel consumption alone by 2%.
The highest performance release version will be the P250 MHEV, which features 246bhp, 269lb ft and a 0-60mph time of 7.1sec. Other engine options will be 178bhp and 237bhp diesel and 197bhp gasoline. Like the Evoque, the four-wheel drive system features the latest version of Land Rovers Terrain Response 2 system, with four driving modes for adjusting off-road technology, as well as an automatic option that detects and adjusts to the conditions themselves. It also features the Transmission Line Disconnect, which sends power only to the front wheels during constant cruising to further increase efficiency.
All versions are mounted on helical springs, with an Adaptive Dynamics system that uses variable suspension dampers to control and adjust road conditions. The new model is similar in size to its predecessor. At 4597mm long, it is 2mm shorter. It is also 3mm taller (at 1727mm) and has an identical width of 2173mm with its mirrors deployed. The 2741mm wheelbase remains unchanged.
Land Rover has worked to ensure that Discovery Sport remains a capable off-road machine when needed. Together with the new driving mode systems, it offers a ground clearance of 212 mm and 25 degrees, 30 degrees of departure and 20 degrees of cutting angle. It also has a towing capacity of 2,500 kg, with an optional Advanced Towing Assistance feature to make manoeuvring easier.
The new version of Discovery Sport maintains the style keys of the original popular, updated with a series of adjustments to adapt its design to the second generation of Evoque and Range Rover Velar. Exterior changes focus on new front and rear bumpers, a revamped grille, new underbody mouldings and LED headlights.
The interior has been renovated more extensively and the latest Land Rover information, entertainment and technology systems have been adopted. The firms Touch Pro information and entertainment system is standard. It has a 10.25 inch touch screen and is now compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A lower interface, incorporating controls for heating and ventilation systems and Terrain Response, is offered as an option.