While the truck will eventually be fitted with the more modern Ingenium engines debuting in the Jaguar XE, for now the Discovery Sport goes on sale motivated by a choice of three familiar Land Rover motors – two diesel, and one petrol.
With all cars fitted with four-wheel-drive, this is no soft-roader.
The base car – the 110kW TD4 turbodiesel with a six-speed manual – kicks off the range at $53,300, placing the new Land Rover in competition with everything from a high-spec, five-seat Mazda CX-5 ($47,030), the larger Toyota Kluger GXL ($53,990), and the Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited ($57,000).
Additionally, the Discovery Sport is priced similarly to its cousin, the Range Rover Evoque – though the Land Rover offers those two additional seats – and more durability.
The 110kW base diesel aside, a higher-performance, 140kW SD4 turbodiesel will be offered, though both share a 2.2-litre capacity.
Just a single petrol trim will be offered with a 177kW SI4 two-litre petrol, which is paired only to a nine-speed automatic. On all diesel models, the automatic gearbox is a $2,500 option, with six-speed manuals standard fare.
Two compact seats in a third row will be available on Discovery Sports, though they’re for small kids or short trips only – the larger Discovery will still be the more comfortable family vehicle. All models feature the brand’s adaptive Terrain Response off-roading system.
The use of aluminium in the chassis keeps the overall weight manageable. Additionally, the Discovery Sport’s cabin is vastly improved over the Freelander: an eight-inch touchscreen is a welcome new amenity.
All prices are RRP list prices, before on-road costs or options.
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