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First Drive: 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport

New Disco relies on old Rover toughness and modern technology.

by on Jun.11, 2019

The 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport features the brand's renown capability while mixing it a slew of new technology.

The new 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport has been revised to make it more versatile and technologically advanced.

The new Discovery Sport strikes a balance between a bold evolution of the original design and the familiarity that comes with its capability. Design cues, including the clamshell hood, rising beltline and tapered roof remain, but the new model is a bold exterior evolution.

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Modernity and refinement are reflected in the new front and rear bumpers, grille design and LED lights, making the Discovery Sport a compelling, sophisticated and sporty addition to the Discovery family.

“Building on the success of the original Discovery Sport, this beautifully proportioned vehicle has been refined, enhancing its characterful exterior which compliments the engaging nature of the interior space,” said Gerry McGovern, Land Rover chief design officer.

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Built on the new Land Rover Premium Transverse Architecture, the Discovery Sport provides greater versatility and refinement with a new body that is 13% stiffer than its predecessor and, together with rigidly mounted subframes, quieter thanks to reduced noise and vibration intrusion into the cabin.

Designed with electrification in mind, the new architecture allows for the introduction of a new 48-volt mild-hybrid electric powertrain in the Discovery Sport.

First launched in the new Range Rover Evoque, the hybrid system uses an engine-mounted belt-integrated starter generator to harvest energy normally lost during deceleration and stores it in an under-floor battery. At speeds below 11 mph, the engine is designed to shut off when the driver applies the brakes. When pulling away, the stored energy is redeployed to assist the engine under acceleration.

A new smart rear view mirror, first debuted on the new Range Rover Evoque, called “ClearSight Rear View” is also available on the Discovery Sport for the first time; transforming the rear view mirror into an HD video screen at the touch of a button to display a rear-facing camera feed onto the mirror ensuring the driver’s view remains unrestricted by passengers or large items in the back.

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The new system also provides a wider 50-degree field of vision using a camera positioned above the rear window and delivers clearer visibility in low light conditions. On the inside, the new center console and introduction of more premium materials creates a practical space with added refinement.

A clean, elegant three-spoke multi-function steering wheel with capacitive switches, a modern and easy-to-read instrument cluster and a 10-inch Touch Pro infotainment system.

Wireless charging for compatible mobile devices is also introduced for the first time within the lower center console, while a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, alongside USB and 12-volt connectivity points on every row, ensure passengers remain charged and connected.

The latest Discovery Sport is every inch a Land Rover, combining assured all-terrain handling with all-weather capability, including a wading depth of up to 23.6 inches. All-wheel drive and a second-generation Active Driveline system, standard with the P290 powertrain, is paired with Terrain Response 2 technology to automatically detect the surface being driven on, adjusting the vehicle’s driving character.

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A suite of advanced driver assistance systems is offered across all models, including Adaptive Cruise Control with Steering Assist, which centers the vehicle in the lane based on road markings as well as maintains a following distance from the vehicle in front. Other available advanced driver assistance technologies include Lane Keep Assist, Autonomous Emergency Braking and Driver Condition Monitor.

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