The new 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport had been unveiled globally in mid-2019 and it has now landed on the Indian shores with its ex-showroom prices beginning at Rs. 57.06 lakhs. One of JLR’s bestsellers in the country, the Discovery Sport now gets sharper lines and character that resembles the larger Range Rover series. For now, bookings and deliveries for the diesels have begun and the petrol powered Discovery Sport will be launched in due course.
What are the changes in the 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport?
The changes are evident right away led by the twin-barrel LED headlights and DRL signature resembling the Range Rover Sport. The honeycomb mesh grille is raked while the chunky bumper gets a large vertical air dam and a plotter bash-plate underneath. The cuts and creases make it more aggressive and sportier.
The increased heft is matched by the large alloys, flared wheel arches and the bold shoulder line that sweeps upwards as we move through the profile. While the pillars and the roof are blacked out, the body coloured C-pillar adds a touch of playfulness. The rear design has been carried forward but only in its essence as the tail gate, tail lamps and the rear bumper are all new including the black band that houses the licence plate.
Inside, things are as luxurious as they have always been and so are Land Rover’s utilitarian touches. The 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport gets the new infotainment system with the large touchscreen display in the centre, a digital computer nested in the analogue instrument cluster and creature comforts like ambient light, panoramic sunroof etc. Wireless charging for compatible mobile devices is also introduced for the first time within the lower center console, along with 4G Wi-Fi hotspot. Electrically adjustable driver seats, power windows and mirrors, rear-view camera, folding rear seats, two-zone climate control are all standard along with the safety net of airbags and driver aids like ABS, ESP, Hill hold and hill descent control.
Under the hood, the new BS-VI rated set of petrol and diesel 2.0-litre turbocharged engines perform the hauling duties and come mated to the legendary Land Rover all-wheel drive and nine-speed automatic gearboxes. The 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol with a 48-volt mild hybrid system produces 183 kW and 365 Nm of torque while the 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel produces 132 kW and 430 Nm of torque. The Land Rover D8 platform derived Premium Transverse Architecture provides for hybrid as well as electric powertrains to be inducted into the 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport in future.
The 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport competes with the likes of the Volvo XC 40, the BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC and the Audi Q5 along with its chic twin, the Range Rover Evoque.