The system, which uses an engine-mounted belt-integrated starter/generator mated to an underfloor battery, means that the Discovery Sport offers fuel consumption from 40.9mpg, with CO2 emissions from 144g/km (NEDC equivalent figure converted from WLTP). A full plug-in hybrid version will follow later this year.
The entry-level model – and only non-mild hybrid – will be the front-wheel-drive version of the D150 diesel, offered with a six-speed manual and providing 148bhp and 280lb ft of torque. All other versions feature all-wheel drive and use a nine-speed ZF automatic gearbox, which has been updated to improve fuel economy on its own by 2%.
The highest-performing launch version will be the P250 MHEV, which features 246bhp, 269lb ft and a 0-60mph time of 7.1sec. Other engine options will be 178bhp and 237bhp diesels and a 197bhp petrol. As with the Evoque, the all-wheel-drive system features the latest version of Land Rover’s Terrain Response 2 system, with four drive modes to adjust the all-terrain technology as well as an auto option that detects and adjusts for the conditions itself. It also offers Driveline Disconnect, which sends power to only the front wheels during steady cruising to further increase efficiency.
All versions ride on coil springs, with an Adaptive Dynamics system that uses variable suspension dampers to monitor and adjust to road conditions. The new model is a similar size to its predecessor. At 4597mm long, it’s 2mm shorter. It’s also 3mm taller (at 1727mm) and has an identical width of 2173mm with its door mirrors unfolded. The wheelbase of 2741mm remains unchanged.
Land Rover has worked to ensure that the Discovery Sport remains a capable off-road machine when required. Along with the new drive mode systems, it offers ground clearance of 212mm and 25deg approach, 30deg departure and 20deg breakover angles. It also has a 2500kg towing capacity, with an optional Advanced Tow Assist feature to aid with manoeuvring.
The new version of the Discovery Sport maintains the styling cues of the popular original, updated with a number of tweaks to bring its design in line with the second-generation Evoque and Range Rover Velar. The exterior changes focus on new front and rear bumpers, a revamped grille, new lower body mouldings and LED headlights.
The interior has been more extensively revamped and Land Rover’s latest infotainment and technology systems have been adopted. The firm’s Touch Pro infotainment system is standard. It features a 10.25in touchscreen and is now compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A lower interface, which incorporates controls for the heating and ventilation systems and Terrain Response, is offered as an option.