Just a few days after launching the new iteration of the baby Range Rover, Land Rover will also launch the new generation of the entry-level Land Rover in India.
After making its global debut in 2014 as a replacement for the Freelander, the Discovery Sport has been one of Land Rover's best-selling vehicles due to its balanced looks, rugged offroad capability and everyday driving comfort. However, the model started showing signs of ageing when compared to its much more futuristic-looking rivals. Therefore, Land Rover globally presented a fresh & updated version of the Discovery Sport last year in May. And now, the Indian market can also look forward to experiencing the new Discovery Sport as Land Rover is set to launch the car here on February 13, just a few days post the launch of the updated baby Range Rover - the Evoque.
So, what does the 2020 Discovery Sport hold in store for us? It certainly looks much sharper than the outgoing model, courtesy of heavily updated front & rear fascias. Also, the new Discovery Sport ditches the old D8 platform (a modified version of which underpins the Tata Harrier) for the new Premium Transverse Architecture (PTA) that also forms the base of the new Evoque. In terms of dimensions, the new car remains pretty much identical to the outgoing version.
Inside, expect the cabin to bear the hallmarks of its elder brethren. The cabin has been updated with a new steering wheel, better upholstery design, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and an updated TouchPro infotainment system that's operated via a 10.25-inch touchscreen.
As for the engines, the new Discovery Sport is likely to get the same powertrain options as the new Range Rover Evoque – a 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol (P250) and a 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel (D180). Both being BS-VI compliant four-cylinder powerplants, the diesel unit is tuned to put out 178bhp & 430Nm of torque, while the petrol unit will be good for 247bhp and 365Nm. As is with all Land Rovers, the new Discovery Sport will also get a 9-Speed automatic gearbox.
Expect Land Rover to bring the updated Discovery Sport in S, SE & HSE trims.