The heavily revised Land Rover Discovery Sport, likely to be revealed by early 2019, will get a heavily updated platform to deliver much-improved ride comfort, greater boot space and room for underbody lithium ion batteries for new hybrid models.
First reported by Autocar in July, Land Rover is ramping up testing of its facelifted Discovery Sport, as these latest spy shots show, as it readies for launch next year.
The addition of hybrid drivetrains is the key development for the Discovery Sport’s future. Although details are still scarce, the range-topping hybrid line-up will use a new three-cylinder Ingenium engine coupled to an electric motor/transmission.
The 300V plug-in version has lithium ion batteries mounted under the central floor section and could have CO2 emissions as low as 45g/km.
There is no news yet on whether the cheaper mild-hybrid models will use electrified turbochargers or a belt-assist starter/generator, but both will be essential offerings as diesel comes under further scrutiny from legislators.