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    Pretoria, 22 May 2019 – The new Discovery Sport, the compact premium SUV, has been transformed to make it more technologically-advanced with greater practicality to keep its occupants safe and comfortable in all conditions.

    Embracing the adventurous spirit that has defined the Discovery family for the past 30 years, the new Discovery Sport is a striking evolution of the original that does not compromise capability. Demonstrating versatility in a finer form, the spacious, more comfortable and quiet 5+2 interior has been transformed with a completely new infotainment interface and latest connectivity, plus a more flexible seating arrangement with up to 24 combinations.

    Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Chief Design Officer, said: “Building on the success of the original Discovery Sport, this beautifully proportioned vehicle has been refined, enhancing its characterful exterior which compliments the engaging nature of the interior space.

    Trademark Discovery design cues, including the clamshell bonnet, rising beltline and tapered roof remain, but the new model is a bold exterior evolution. The proportions have been optimised to project a more striking visual with new signature LED headlamps at the front and rear, alongside an updated front grille and bumpers.

    Inside, the arrival of the digital Touch Pro infotainment system and the introduction of more premium materials throughout transforms the cabin to create a practical, high quality space. New seats across each of the three rows provide improved comfort and versatility, thanks to the second row 40:20:40 split fold and slide functionality, boosting the possible number of seat combinations to 24 and covering every eventuality – be it the school run or a family holiday.

    The new Discovery Sport will be available in Standard, S, R-Dynamic S, R-Dynamic SE and R-Dynamic HSE trim. The R-Dynamic variants mark themselves out with Shadow Atlas script on the bonnet and tailgate. Inside, branded treadplates further differentiate them from the core models.

    Discovery Sport’s unique versatility has been further enhanced, with improved small item stowage across all rows and a 20 per cent increase in fuel tank capacity (up to 65-litres). With the option of Land Rover’s Activity Key, the compact SUV is more usable than ever and designed to take your family further.

    Built on Land Rover’s latest Premium Transverse Architecture (PTA), the Discovery Sport provides greater versatility and refinement with a new body that is 13 per cent stiffer than its predecessor and, together with rigidly-mounted subframes that reduce noise and vibration intrusion into the cabin, ensures maximum safety in the event of a collision.

    Felix Brautigam, Chief Commercial Officer at Jaguar Land Rover, said: “Discovery Sport has been a real sales success for Land Rover, leading the way for the past three years and selling almost half a million vehicles to date. During that time, it has won a number of awards and introduced a large number of new, younger families into the brand who are looking for something different.

    “The new Land Rover Discovery Sport is a true Land Rover that embodies what the Discovery family stands for: amazing versatility that allows our customers and their families to make more of their world. While the exterior design has undergone a refined evolution, the all-new Premium Transverse Architecture revolutionises comfort and handling, and supports electrification with our advanced Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle powertrains.”


    In South Africa customers will have a choice of refined Ingenium diesel and petrol engines paired with an updated ZF nine-speed transmission which offers a further two per cent fuel economy improvement.

    The 2.0-litre diesel, badged D180, offers 132kW and 430Nm while returning an average fuel consumption of 5.8l/100km. The P250 petrol has outputs of 183kW and 365Nm with an average consumption of 8.0l/100km. An even more efficient P300e plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) version is scheduled to join the range in South Africa in 2020.

    To maximise efficiency, models with All-Wheel Drive (AWD) benefit from Driveline Disconnect – a Power Transfer Unit at the front axle that disconnects drive to the rear wheels under steady state cruising, reducing frictional losses and re-engaging AWD in less than 500 milliseconds.

    Designed to meet the digital demands of a modern family, the latest Discovery Sport is available with a ‘smart rear view mirror’ that transforms into a video screen at the flick of a switch to display what is behind the vehicle in crisp high definition. Offering a wider (50-degree) field of vision and superior visibility in low light conditions from a camera mounted above the rear window, the mirror ensures rear visibility is not compromised by second row passengers or bulky items in the boot.

    Ground View technology has been introduced to help drivers navigate high city centre kerbs or tackle rough terrain by projecting camera imagery that offers a virtual 180-degree view around and beneath the vehicle onto the touchscreen. Effectively making the bonnet invisible, this is the realisation of Land Rover’s Transparent Bonnet technology, first previewed in 2014.

    The digital transformation does not stop there. Wireless charging for compatible mobile devices is introduced for the first time within the lower centre console, while a 4G WiFi hotspot, alongside USB and 12-volt connectivity points on every row, ensure passengers remain charged and connected. Second and third row occupants also benefit from individual heating and ventilation controls to make the space more comfortable.

    For regular drivers of the new Discovery Sport, Smart Settings uses artificial intelligence algorithms to learn driver preferences, adjusting massage and seat positions, music and climate settings and steering column positioning to suit each driver.

    The latest Discovery Sport is every inch a Land Rover, combining assured all-terrain handling with all-weather capability, including a wading depth of 600mm, All-Wheel Drive and a second-generation Active Driveline system. Terrain Response 2 automatically detects the surface and adjusts the torque delivery to best suit the conditions, while Advanced Tow Assist makes reversing with a trailer (up to 2,500kg) more intuitive and safer than ever.

    There is a reversing camera as standard on all models, alongside a suite of advanced driver assistance systems. This includes Adaptive Cruise Control with Steering Assist, which centres the vehicle in the lane based on road markings as well as maintaining a safe distance from the vehicle in front. Other active safety features include Lane Keep Assist and Driver Condition Monitor.

    The new Discovery Sport is scheduled for South African introduction near the end of 2019. Pricing will be announced closer to the time.
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    Unfortunately LR insist on going down this path where almost all their models are indistinguishable from each other..

    No wonder their sales are tanking and they've posted a massive loss recently.

    Also, this model would have been an instant hit had it been equipped with a low range transfer case and a slightly higher suspension - a small, light, extremely capable 4x4 for young/childless couples to get into the market and then progress to the more expensive/bigger models once they start a family.

    What a wasted opportunity...
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    Wonder why VW sells? They all look the same to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by biltong View Post
    Wonder why VW sells? They all look the same to me.
    They're at least reliable and they have the latest tech.

    For example, the nav system in the Tiguan is Google Maps, which can be synced to your phone/Google profile.

    LR's nav system is from the 1980s, and is best left switched off.

    The VAG user interface is also light years ahead: completely configurable, user-friendly, etc.
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    Anyone driven the Freelander 2 and Discovery Sport 1 - do they compare well? I.e. - is Discovery Sport a worthy successor to FL2? Thanks !!

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    The platform seems sound, but there are LOTS of issues with both the diesel and petrol Ingenium engines, especially with oil dilution with the former and really poor fuel consumption with the latter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Orxy View Post

    Also, this model would have been an instant hit had it been equipped with a low range transfer case and a slightly higher suspension -
    Do you really need a low range with a 9 spd auto box? I dont think so
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    Quote Originally Posted by Koos Best View Post
    Do you really need a low range with a 9 spd auto box? I dont think so
    Well, on loose steep inclines, the transmission tends to overheat in summer - seen it first hand at Helderberg.

    As good as that box is, low range would prevent this from happening.
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    Orxy, I can't BELIEVE you're so negative about Land Rover, you're OBVIOUSLY one of those NASTY brand basher Landy HATERS..............
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    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    Orxy, I can't BELIEVE you're so negative about Land Rover, you're OBVIOUSLY one of those NASTY brand basher Landy HATERS..............
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    SAID WITH A HUGE AMOUNT OF TONGUE IN CHEEK, NAKS!
    He has obviously never driven one ...

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    Default Re: Discovery Sport enhanced for family adventure

    It's a good looking car, but without low-range, and if you're not going to take it off-road, I'd rather look at one of the German competitors - Q5, X3 or GLC..

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohanRoux View Post
    It's a good looking car, but without low-range, and if you're not going to take it off-road, I'd rather look at one of the German competitors - Q5, X3 or GLC..
    precisely!

    Recently there was a road closure on the N2 and traffic diverted via the R44, resulting in heavy congestion. I saw a Disco Sport turn around when the shortcut he took to get off the R44 turned out to be a gravel road
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    Quote Originally Posted by Orxy View Post
    precisely!

    Recently there was a road closure on the N2 and traffic diverted via the R44, resulting in heavy congestion. I saw a Disco Sport turn around when the shortcut he took to get off the R44 turned out to be a gravel road
    The horror!! A Land Rover turning around at the sight of a dirt road...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orxy View Post
    precisely!

    Recently there was a road closure on the N2 and traffic diverted via the R44, resulting in heavy congestion. I saw a Disco Sport turn around when the shortcut he took to get off the R44 turned out to be a gravel road
    Probably just had it washed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sadi View Post
    Anyone driven the Freelander 2 and Discovery Sport 1 - do they compare well? I.e. - is Discovery Sport a worthy successor to FL2? Thanks !!
    Yes, I owned both a FLII and Disco Sport.

    It is the same vehicle in the same class and size as the FLII although the DS is marginally larger inside.

    It has the same capabilities as the FLII but (IIRC) the DS actually have a marginal higher ground clearance compared to the FLII.

    It is just 1000x more luxurious and a much more comfortable drive compared to the FLII.

    If you liked the FLII and want the same vehicle (just newer and more luxurious) you will LOVE the DS.


    Don’t mind al those with negative comments. I am sure none of them owned one before.

    They are great little cars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Regard View Post
    They are great little cars.
    precisely
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohanRoux View Post
    The horror!! A Land Rover turning around at the sight of a dirt road...
    Haha, but the look on his face when he saw a RRS turn into the same gravel road AND carry on!
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