The Discovery Sport will receive a petrol-electric option as part of JLR’s big push for electrification
Sam Sheehan
25 September 2017

Land Rover will update its Discovery Sport next year with a mild facelift and a new hybrid powertrain option.

Pictured here in transit with a 1.5-litre engine suspected to be of three-cylinder specification and mated to a small electric motor, the BMW X3 rival wears camouflaging on its front bumper and rear section, showing mild aesthetic adjustments will be made here. This powertrain will be shared with the Evoque, which has also been spotted in development with the plug-in hybrid setup. 

The same is expected for the car’s back bumper and lights, although this early test car looks to be wearing the current Discovery's parts. A previously spotted car bearing a tweaked rear bumper also appears to reveal a higher-specification petrol variant, as shown by the cutaways for two tailpipes, but the car is running with a diesel engine.

Th turbocharged four-cylinder 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel isn’t expected to receive any major adjustments with the facelift, but the Discovery Sport drivetrain range will gain a new hybrid option as part of Jaguar Land Rover’s push to introduce an electrified variant of every model by 2020.

The Discovery Sport will receive a petrol-hybrid powertrain that’s based on a 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine, shared with the upcoming Range Rover Evoque plug-in hybrid.

This all-new three-pot and electric motor system will enable around 30 miles of pure electric driving, as well as improved fuel economy. It’s essentially a smaller version of the 2.0-litre petrol-based drivetrain that will be used in the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport PHEVs, which are due later this year.

Along with technical and exterior upgrades, the Discovery Sport will gain Land Rover’s much improved cabin infotainment, although it’s likely to retain a centre console screen with dials beneath, rather than gain the more advanced multi-screen set-up of the new and considerably pricier Velar.

Land Rover has remained typically quiet about its Discovery Sport updates, but the car’s production life cycle suggests it’ll reach showrooms later in 2018. When it does, no major change to the car’s pricing is predicted. The current car starts at £28,355, close to £6000 cheaper than the X3. A plug-in hybrid variant would likely be the most expensive powertrain variant in the range. 

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25 September 2017

Will be interesting to see what the actual range of the PHEV Disco Sport aswell as what other compromises there will be-I.e reduced boot space, extra weight, affect on handling, smaller fuel tank. Oh and price! 

I assume the claimed range is NEDC so in reality it will be lot less. 

Still with Disco Sport, Evoque, XC40 and more PHEVs the Outlander will probably start to feel the heat. 

Live. Eat. Drive.

11 January 2018
That car broke down on the A5 near MIRA on Tuesday morning. There was lots of premium head scratching going on under the bonnet.

11 January 2018

This is a positive development for JLR. Let’s hope the new drivetrain lives up to expectations as on paper it looks good - more efficient petrol power with zero-emissions capability and low end torque needed for a heavy car.

11 January 2018
scrap wrote:

This is a positive development for JLR. Let’s hope the new drivetrain lives up to expectations as on paper it looks good - more efficient petrol power with zero-emissions capability and low end torque needed for a heavy car.

Don't make such an unnnecessarily heavy car in the first place. 

11 January 2018
Marc wrote:

Don't make such an unnnecessarily heavy car in the first place. 

 

In complete agreement with that. I think the Jaguar E Pace is heavier than the F Pace, which itself is hardly a light car. JLR’s entire fleet is much too heavy.

11 January 2018

My sons Seat is lighter and hence flimsy,curbed a wheel in the snow and bent track trod end so weak and light compared to a Land Rover.

11 January 2018
Ski Kid wrote:

My sons Seat is lighter and hence flimsy,curbed a wheel in the snow and bent track trod end so weak and light compared to a Land Rover.

That comment is comedy gold.

11 January 2018

Would be nice to know when JLR are going to launch a Phev version of the F-Pace?    Being lighter it should be more efficient and if they fitted  the same 1.5 engine it would hopefully be less expensive than the high powered Phev version Volvo XC60.

11 January 2018

"with a 1.5-litre engine suspected to be of three-cylinder specification and mated to a small petrol motor" so its got 2 engines then ??

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