The Discovery Sport’s platform shift has been spurred on by the need to ensure the model can accommodate the latest generation of electrified powertrains. Just like the new Evoque, then, this revitalised junior Discovery now sits on JLR’s new Premium Transverse Architecture (PTA), with motive power coming from a range of 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol and diesel engines.
The vast majority of these power plants now feature 48V mild-hybrid architecture, while a ‘driveline disconnect’ feature helps to further improve efficiency. Outputs range from 148bhp to 237bhp for the diesels, and from 197bhp to 246bhp for the petrols, but it’s only the entry-level 148bhp diesel that is offered without the 48V system.
In this 148bhp guise, not only is it the only RDE2-certified Discovery Sport in the range, but it’s the most efficient, too. This is largely down to the fact that it eschews four-wheel drive – and the nine-speed ZF automatic transmission with which those models come equipped – in favour of front-wheel drive and a manual gearbox. That it’s the only Discovery Sport in the UK that doesn’t feature a seven-seat layout surely helps, too. That said, it’s likely that the variant’s title as eco champion of the line-up will be usurped by the forthcoming three-cylinder plug-in hybrid, which is expected to arrive this spring.