Land Rover has introduced the 2020 Discovery Sport which features a new design, upgraded technology and eco-friendly engine options.
Looking instantly recognizable, the model has a “refined evolution” of its previous design. As a result, styling changes are minor but include redesigned bumpers and restyled LED lighting units. The crossover has also been equipped with a new grille and an assortment of wheels which range in sizes from 18 to 21-inches.
The styling changes continue in the cabin as the Discovery Sport has been equipped with a new three-spoke steering wheel, a revised center console and more premium materials. The model also features a new digital instrument cluster and a more modern 10-inch Touch Pro infotainment system.
The updates don’t end there as designers installed a new center stack which features new switchgear and a more luxurious appearance. The crossover has also new seats which promise to provide improved comfort and versatility. Speaking of the latter, the Discovery Sport now has a 40:20:40 split-folding second row which ups the number of possible seat configurations to 24.
The seat themselves can be covered in a new Luxtex material which is made out of recycled polyester microfiber. Land Rover says it’s “luxuriously soft, lightweight, durable and tear-resistant.”
Customers will also find a host of new options including massaging front seats, a wireless smartphone charger and a Pet Pack that adds canine friendly accessories.
On the tech front, the Discovery Sport can be equipped with a new smart rearview mirror dubbed “ClearSight Rear View.” At the touch of a button, the rearview mirror can be transformed into an HD video screen that shows live images from a camera mounted above the rear window. It offers a wider field of review than a traditional rearview mirror and better visibility in low light conditions.
The model can also been equipped with ClearSight Ground View. It uses cameras to show a “virtual 180-degree view beneath the vehicle.” Land Rover says this will be helpful for drivers tackling rough terrain or “high city curbs.”
Like the 2020 Range Rover Evoque, the Discovery Sport rides on Land Rover’s new Premium Transverse Architecture. It’s 13 percent stiffer than its predecessor and features “rigidly-mounted subframes that reduce noise and vibration intrusion into the cabin.”
In the United States, the model will be offered with two different powertrains. Choices include a 246 hp (183 kW / 249 PS) four-cylinder petrol engine and a new 48-volt mild-hybrid powertrain with 296 hp (221 kW / 300 PS). The latter uses a belt-integrated starter generator to capture kinetic energy during deceleration. That power is stored in an under-floor battery and can be used to give a performance boost during acceleration.