Luxurious new variant of the Discovery Sport will go on sale next month, and introduces advanced driver assistance tech
Darren Moss
15 September 2015

Land Rover has revealed a luxurious new version of the Discovery Sport at the Frankfurt motor show.

The Discovery Sport HSE Dynamic Lux goes on sale in October with prices starting from £46,000, making it the most expensive model in the range.

Exterior modifications include new black door and body cladding and 20-inch black alloy wheels, while the cabin features new colours and trim details.

Most importantly, the HSE Dynamic Lux also features a new Intelligent Dynamics options package, which brings together Land Rover’s All Terrain Progress Control and adaptive damper systems.

The car also features the ‘Active Driveline’ system, which allows drive to be sent to either two or four wheels depending on road conditions.

The Intelligent Dynamics package will soon be available as an optional extra on the rest of the Discovery Sport model range.

Land Rover design boss Gerry McGovern said: “The Discovery Sport Dynamic has been created to heighten the design appeal of the Discovery Sport.

Gloss black is a key accent colour differentiator on the exterior, while the use of body-coloured bumpers and door claddings emphasise its on-road, sporty presence.”

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15 September 2015
£46000 for a four cylinder refreshed and rebadged Freelander with some fancy trim. That price would buy you a new previous shape RR at time of launch. I understand car prices have gone up (albeit at an inexplicable rate which seems to be conveniently in correlation to new finance purchases being taken up by a lot more people) and that the German equivalents charge a lot as well, but I don't see how LR can justify a 20% increase over the previous top spec Freelander 2 at around £36k. What a con this price is IMO.

15 September 2015
AddyT wrote:

£46000 for a four cylinder refreshed and rebadged Freelander with some fancy trim. That price would buy you a new previous shape RR at time of launch....

I have to admit I had to double take when I read that. And note, the £46k is the 'starting' price too! Well, if they sell the Freelander replacement at that price and above well done to JLR, is all I can I say.

15 September 2015
Overdrive wrote:
AddyT wrote:

£46000 for a four cylinder refreshed and rebadged Freelander with some fancy trim. That price would buy you a new previous shape RR at time of launch....

I have to admit I had to double take when I read that. And note, the £46k is the 'starting' price too! Well, if they sell the Freelander replacement at that price and above well done to JLR, is all I can I say.

True, as with all LR products, you have to add £3-4,000 of options and then there are things, like the cheap leather on the Disco Sport you cannot delete. I looked at the black version, and everything 'nice' was an option on it. It worked out at £42,000 before discount, far too much for a 'Freelander' in my view. Stupid things to, like if you don't want the faux aluminium trim, thats £230 immediately, add metallic paint, standard and you are already up to 31,000. Get them to paint the rails and add a charging point in the rear - £500. This will no doubt end up a £50,000 car. For that I would expect the full size Disco.

SKH

18 September 2015
AddyT wrote:

£46000 for a four cylinder refreshed and rebadged Freelander with some fancy trim. That price would buy you a new previous shape RR at time of launch. I understand car prices have gone up (albeit at an inexplicable rate which seems to be conveniently in correlation to new finance purchases being taken up by a lot more people) and that the German equivalents charge a lot as well, but I don't see how LR can justify a 20% increase over the previous top spec Freelander 2 at around £36k. What a con this price is IMO.

A Volvo XC90 only comes with four cylinders and I'm sure costs way more that the LR Discovery Sport in the higher spec'd versions. Different segment I know, but the point being everyone and his mother is starting to market four pot vehicles at nose bleed prices.

15 September 2015
That dashboard is abit 2005 don't you think? It doesn't look like its from a car that recently been released.

15 September 2015
Such names make one nostalgic for the time when a few digits was enough to identify a model.

15 September 2015
Still no adaptive cruise control option yet that's available on the competition and other Land (Range) Rover vehicles

 

 

 

15 September 2015
Still no adaptive cruise control option yet that's available on the competition and other Land (Range) Rover vehicles

 

 

 

SKH

18 September 2015
Hopefully when JLR spin a new 6 cylinder engine off of the Igenium line, if they are going to stick with FWD based platforms for the Evoque/Discovery Sport, that they engineer it so it can be mounted transversely or longitudinal. Personally I don't want a four cylinder.

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