Land Rover Packs 2020 Discovery Sport Full Of Hidden Upgrades

Marco Green
May 22, 2019

Land Rover spreads some love to its smallest and most affordable SUV, the Discovery Sport, with several significant improvements for 2020.

Looking instantly recognizable, the model has a "refined evolution" of its previous design. The front and rear bumpers are new, and to my eyes, a little sportier-lookin' than before.

Land Rover on Tuesday unveiled the 2020 Discovery Sport. Customers can choose from 12 premium exterior paint colors and the option of a black contrast roof.

The updates continue in the cabin as the Discovery Sport has a new three-spoke steering wheel, a revised center console and higher quality materials. Land Rover has also improved interior cubby storage in all three rows, with those farthest back earning new cupholders and more useful cubby space.

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". For the first time, Land Rover will now offer an optimized 21-inch wheel for the Discovery Sport. Along with a Black Exterior package that dresses the grille details and fender vents in black, the Discovery Sport can be equipped with 21-inch wheels for the first time. Felix Brautigam, Chief Commercial Officer at Jaguar Land Rover said, "Discovery Sport has been a real sales success for Land Rover, leading the way for the past three years and selling nearly half a million vehicles to date".

Customers will find a host of new options including massaging front seats, a wireless smartphone charger and a Pet Pack that adds canine friendly accessories. Built on the new Land Rover Premium Transverse Architecture (PTA), the Discovery Sport provides greater versatility and refinement with a new body that is 13 percent stiffer than its predecessor and, together with rigidly-mounted subframes, quieter thanks to reduced noise and vibration intrusion into the cabin.

In addition to the newly standard 246-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four, the Discovery Sport is now available with a hybrid powertrain. The latter uses a belt-integrated starter generator to capture kinetic energy during deceleration. It offers a wider field of view than a traditional rearview mirror and better visibility in low light conditions.

Technology is ever-present, with JLR's new generation of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto-infused dual monitor InControl Touch Pro infotainment system making an appearance alongside new toys, like ClearSight Ground View that projects a virtual 180-degree view of what's beneath the vehicle onto the screen. The digital transformation does not stop there. Wireless phone charging, WiFi capabilities, and USB charging ports also ensure that the Discovery Sport can more easily adapt to our modern lifestyles. With standard all-wheel drive and other trail-ready options, it can wade into water up to 23.6 inches high and automatically detect different driving scenarios. Those planning to utilize the Sport's 4409-pound maximum tow rating will enjoy a new Advanced Tow Assist meant to help when reversing with a trailer.

In the United States, the model will be offered with two different powertrains. Those who prioritize safety can lean on available driver-assistance technology such as adaptive cruise control, automated emergency braking, and lane-keeping assist. The new Discovery Sport reaches US retailers this summer.

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