BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: Six years after Land Rover introduced its first unibody model that replaced the aging Freelander comes the all-new Gen II model for 2020. From the exterior the car’s design may appear familiar, but the big news is really under the finely chiselled sheetmetal. Gen I was built on JLR D8/LR-MS platform, customised for off-road applications and capable of taking small displacement engines. For Gen II, the car maker has used its Premium Transverse Architecture (PTA). Actually, PTA is a further development of the D8 platform which can be used for mild-hybrid, electrified and ICE powertrains. This means in future or in other markets there could be several variants of this model. The first application of the PTA platform was in the Evoque.
For the Indian market, the incoming Discovery Sport is BS VI-compliant and is powered by four-cylinder 2.0-litre petrol and diesel Ingenium family engines mated to nine-speed automatic transmission while AWD is offered as standard.
At speeds below 17km/h the engine will shut off when the driver applies the brakes, before redeploying the stored energy to assist the engine under acceleration to reduce fuel consumption
The SUV stands 4,600 mm in length, 2,173 mm in width with height of 1,724 mm on a 2,741 mm wheelbase. Cosmetic enhancements include redesigned bumpers, a new grille and new head lamps.
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.
Land Rover has equipped the new Discovery Sport with lane assist system, adaptive cruise control, hill descent control, autonomous emergency braking, roll stability control and driver condition monitor, among others. Six airbags come as standard.
Prices begin at ₹57.06 l for the S and tops out at ₹ 60.89 Lakh for the R-Dynamic SE trim (ex-showroom).