Although the new Discovery Sport shares a lot of its design cues with the outgoing model, it has major updates under the skin. Prices for the 2020 Discovery Sport diesel start at ₹57.06 lakh (ex-showroom).
After introducing the new Evoque a few weeks back, Jaguar Land Rover has now brought in the new Discovery Sport (which is now BS-VI compliant). The 2020 Discovery Sport has been launched in two variants - S & R-Dynamic SE. Both variants will be available with either the petrol or the diesel powertrain. Prices start from ₹57.06 lakh (S Diesel) and go up to ₹60.89 lakh for the R-Dynamic SE Diesel. Bookings for the petrol variants have opened as of now. However, their prices will be revealed at a later date.
At the heart, the Discovery Sport comes with 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol (P250) and diesel engine (D180) options. While the diesel unit puts out 177bhp & 430Nm of torque, the petrol power unit pushes out 245 horses and 365Nm of torque. Both engines come paired to a 9-speed automatic transmission (with Drive Select, Paddle Shift & Sport Mode).
On the design front, the 2020 Discovery Sport shares the same silhouette as the older model but gets revised bumpers, reprofiled LED DRLs, and new taillights. But underneath, the refreshed body is an all-new chassis that JLR calls Premium Transverse Architecture - this one also underpins the recently-launched Range Rover Evoque.
The dashboard layout remains unchanged too but the 2020 Discovery Sport gets a new steering wheel with mounted controls borrowed from its larger, more expensive siblings. Behind the wheel, the Discovery Sport gets all-digital instrumentation that is a lot more informative than before. Other features include a 10.25-inch Touch Pro infotainment system, wireless phone charging and 4G-WiFi connectivity. That's not it. The list of standard features (on all variants) also includes a powered tailgate, rain-sensing wipers, LED headlamps, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), 360-degree Parking Aid (with Reverse Camera) and an Air Quality sensor.
Likewise, the rather long list of safety features & electronic driving aids includes Cruise Control, Torque Vectoring (by braking), All-Terrain Progress Control (ATPC), Terrain Response 2, Roll Stability Control (RSC), Hill-Descent control (HDC), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Lane Keep & Park Assist, 7 Airbags, Driver Condition Monitor and an Intrusion Sensor.
Over the standard S version, the R-Dynamic SE variant benefits from a few additional/improved features such as a solar-attenuating windscreen, ORVMs & front seats with memory function, Auto High-Beam Assist (AHBA), R-Dynamic treadplates, Metallic pedals, keyless entry, ClearSight IRVM, an 11-speaker 380W Meridian sound system and an interactive driver display.
The new Discovery Sport continues to compete against the likes of the Audi Q3, BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC and the Volvo XC60.