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Updated New Discovery Sport available in SA at the end of 2019

Last updated on May 24, 2019

British auto­mo­tive com­pa­ny has updat­ed the new Dis­cov­ery Sport, com­pact pre­mi­um SUV with the lat­est user-friend­ly tech­nol­o­gy and more effi­cient, elec­tri­fied engines.

The man­u­fac­tur­er now improves it with greater prac­ti­cal­i­ty to keep occu­pants safe and con­ve­nient in all con­di­tions.

Land Rover Chief Design Offi­cer, Ger­ry McGov­ern said the new Dis­cov­ery Sport is a sig­nif­i­cant design of the mod­el that does not com­pro­mise per­for­mance.

The auto guar­an­tees ver­sa­til­i­ty in a supe­ri­or design, spa­cious and more con­ve­nient.

Dis­cov­ery Sport’s has trans­formed a qui­et 5+2 inte­ri­or with a new info­tain­ment inter­face and a some­what flex­i­ble seat­ing arrange­ment with up to 24 com­bi­na­tions.

“Build­ing on the progress of the orig­i­nal Dis­cov­ery Sport, improved the car, enhance char­ac­ter­ful exte­ri­or com­pli­ments and engage nature of inte­ri­or space,” said McGov­ern.

Trade­mark Dis­cov­ery design cues, includ­ing the clamshell bon­net, ris­ing belt­line, and tapered roof remain, but the new design is a strong exte­ri­or design.

New Dis­cov­ery Sport

Opti­mised pro­por­tions project a pow­er­ful visu­al with new sig­na­ture LED head­lamps at the head and back, along­side a changed front grille and bumpers.

Inside, the dig­i­tal Touch Pro info­tain­ment and offer­ing more pre­mi­um mate­ri­als through­out trans­forms cab­in to set up a func­tion­al high-qual­i­ty space.

New seats across each of the three rows offer increased sat­is­fac­tion and flex­i­bil­i­ty.

The sec­ond row 40:20:40 split fold and slide func­tion­al­i­ty boost the num­ber of seat com­bi­na­tions to 24 and cov­er­ing every even­tu­al­i­ty be it the school trip or a fam­i­ly hol­i­day.

New Dis­cov­ery Sport will be avail­able in Stan­dard, S, R‑Dynamic S, R‑Dynamic SE, and R‑Dynamic HSE trim.

The R‑Dynamic vari­ants mark out with Shad­ow Atlas script on the bon­net and tail­gate. Inside, brand­ed tread plates fur­ther sep­a­rate them from the core designs.

Improved small item stowage across rows enhances Discovery’s remark­able ver­sa­til­i­ty and a 20 per­cent hike in fuel vol­ume (up to 65-litres).

Land Rover’s Activ­i­ty Key, the com­pact SUV is more use­ful than get­ting your fam­i­ly fur­ther.

Built on Land Rover’s lat­est Pre­mi­um Trans­verse Archi­tec­ture, the Dis­cov­ery Sport pro­vides greater ver­sa­til­i­ty and refine­ment with a fresh body that is 13 per­cent stronger than its pre­de­ces­sor.

Dis­cov­ery Sport has been a real sales suc­cess for Land Rover

Dis­cov­ery Sport has been lead­ing the way for the pre­vi­ous three years and sell­ing half a mil­lion vehi­cles to date. Dur­ing that time, it has achieved sev­er­al awards.

It intro­duced many younger fam­i­lies into the brand search­ing for some­thing unique.

“The new Land Rover Dis­cov­ery Sport embod­ies what the Dis­cov­ery fam­i­ly sup­ports for amaz­ing ver­sa­til­i­ty. It offers our buy­ers and their fam­i­lies to achieve bet­ter in their life,” said Jaguar Land Rover Chief Com­mer­cial Offi­cer, Felix Brautigam.

The SUV sup­ports elec­tri­fi­ca­tion with advanced Plug-in Hybrid Elec­tric Vehi­cle pow­er­trains.

South African cus­tomers will have a choice of refined Inge­ni­um diesel and petrol engines com­bined with an updat­ed ZF nine-speed trans­mis­sion.

It offers a fur­ther two per­cent fuel econ­o­my improve­ment.

The 2.0‑liter diesel, badged D180, offers 132kW and 430Nm while return­ing an aver­age fuel con­sump­tion of 5.8l/100km.

P250 petrol has out­puts of 183kW and 365Nm with an aver­age con­sump­tion of 8.0l/100km.

Or they can choose a more effi­cient P300e plug-in hybrid elec­tric vehi­cle (PHEV) ver­sion sched­uled to join the range in South Africa in 2020.

To ampli­fy pro­fi­cien­cy, mod­els with All-Wheel Dri­ve (AWD) advan­tage from Dri­v­e­line Dis­con­nect – a Pow­er Trans­fer Unit at the front hub that detach­es dri­ve to the back wheels under con­sis­tent state cruis­ing, decreas­ing fric­tion­al mis­for­tunes and recon­nect­ing AWD in under 500 mil­lisec­onds.

Intend­ed to sat­is­fy the advanced needs of a cut­ting edge fam­i­ly, the most recent Dis­cov­ery Sport is acces­si­ble with a ‘shrewd back view reflect’ that changes into a video screen at the flick of a chance to show what is behind the vehi­cle in fresh supe­ri­or qual­i­ty.

Offer­ing a wider (50-degree) field of vision and supe­ri­or vis­i­bil­i­ty in low light con­di­tions from a cam­era mount­ed above the rear win­dow, the mir­ror ensures it does not com­pro­mise rear vis­i­bil­i­ty by sec­ond-row pas­sen­gers or bulky items in the boot.

We have intro­duced ground View tech­nol­o­gy to help dri­vers nav­i­gate high city cen­tre kerbs or tack­le rough ter­rain by pro­ject­ing cam­era imagery that offers a vir­tu­al 180-degree view around and beneath the vehi­cle onto the touch­screen.

Mak­ing the bon­net invis­i­ble, this is the real­i­sa­tion of Land Rover’s Trans­par­ent Bon­net tech­nol­o­gy, first pre­viewed in 2014.

The dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion does not stop there.

It has wire­less charg­ing with com­pat­i­ble mobile devices for the first time with­in the low­er con­sole, while a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, along USB and 12-volt con­nec­tiv­i­ty points on every row, ensure pas­sen­gers remain charged and con­nect­ed.

Sec­ond and third-row occu­pants also enjoy indi­vid­ual heat­ing and ven­ti­la­tion con­trols to make the space more com­fort­able.

For reg­u­lar dri­vers of the new Dis­cov­ery Sport, Smart Set­tings uses arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence algo­rithms to learn dri­ver pref­er­ences, adjust­ing mas­sage and seat posi­tions, music and cli­mate set­tings and steer­ing col­umn posi­tion­ing to suit each dri­ver.

The lat­est Dis­cov­ery Sport is every inch a Land Rover, com­bin­ing assured all-ter­rain han­dling with all-weath­er capa­bil­i­ty, includ­ing a wad­ing depth of 600mm, All-Wheel Dri­ve and a sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion Active Dri­v­e­line sys­tem.

Ter­rain Response 2 auto­mat­i­cal­ly detects the sur­face and adjusts the torque deliv­ery to best suit the con­di­tions, while Advanced Tow Assist makes revers­ing with a trail­er (up to 2,500kg) more intu­itive and safer than ever.

There is a revers­ing cam­era as stan­dard on all mod­els, along­side a suite of advanced dri­ver help sys­tems.

This includes Adap­tive Cruise Con­trol with Steer­ing Assist, which the vehi­cle in the lane based on road mark­ings and main­tain­ing a safe dis­tance from the vehi­cle in front.

Oth­er active safe­ty fea­tures include Lane Keep Assist and Dri­ver Con­di­tion Mon­i­tor.

The car­mak­er will intro­duce the new Dis­cov­ery Sport in South Africa at the end of 2019.

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