It has been nearly five years since Land Rover launched their smallest seven-seater yet, the Discovery Sport. It's slightly bigger than the Evoque but comes with a decent amount of space for all its passengers including the cargo.
Now, after nearly half a decade, Land Rover has taken off the covers off the 2020 Discovery Sport. Sporting a refreshed design inside and out, along with new technologies and amenities, the updated SUV has a more premium look and feel, more efficient electrified powertrains, as well as plenty of new driver aids.
Starting off with its exterior, the refreshed Discovery Sport almost looks the same as its predecessor. Keen-eyed viewers, however, will notice that the headlights, front grill, and even the front bumper have been redesigned. In addition, the taillights have been given a once over as well as they now feature a unique look instead of resembling the ones on the Evoque. All in all, the Discovery Sport still looks fresh and contempt in its latest update.
While the outside may look like it only had some subtle changes here and there, inside it's a different story. Borrowing some styling cues from the Evoque, the Discovery Sport is now equipped with a bigger TouchPro infotainment system, as well as a classier-looking climate control system. There's even a new gear selector for automatic models which replaces the previous rotary-style knob. Power-adjustable front seats, a new digital instrument panel, power sunroof, as well as new leather upholsteries are now available for the updated Land Rover.
Under the hood, the 2020 Discovery Sport will be available with a wide array of turbocharged gasoline and diesel Ingenium engines that are rated from 150 PS to 250 PS. However, the most powerful offering will be a 48-volt mild hybrid powertrain. Land Rover did not exactly go into specifics but they did say it produces 296 PS, has up to 140 Nm of electric torque, and is capable of reducing fuel consumption by up to 6%.
For those that prefer something a bit more frugal, a three-cylinder plug-in hybrid powertrain will also be available for the Discovery Sport later this year. And as before, a choice of either a six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic transmissions shall be available for the updated SUV.
Like the all-new Evoque, the Discovery Sport gets a new set of safety features and amenities. These include ClearSight Ground View which helps drivers have a better view of the terrain while going off-road, and a smart rearview mirror that can show what's behind the vehicle via a video display. Other features like adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, autonomous emergency braking, as well as drivier condition monitoring are also available on the 2020 Discovery Sport.