The world’s most versatile compact SUV has landed in the local market as Land Rover Philippines unveiled The New Discovery Sport. Its dynamic design combines 5+2 seating configurability in a more compact footprint than traditional five-seat SUVs.
A suite of Land Rover innovations debut, including the next generation multi-link rear axle, advanced pedestrian airbag technology, an all-new touchscreen infotainment system and state-of-the-art high-strength steel and lightweight aluminium bodyshell for outstanding performance, safety and efficiency.
Discovery Sport has been designed to be as environmentally sustainable as it is affordable to run: CO2 emissions as low as 119g/km are comparable to smaller and less versatile family hatchbacks, and buyers can opt for a range of powerful and efficient four-cylinder petrol or diesel engines, four-wheel drive, and advanced nine-speed automatic transmission.
“Design excellence and engineering integrity are hallmarks of every Land Rover model. Discovery Sport embodies that spirit and emerges as the most accomplished vehicle in its segment,” said Mr. Wellington Soong, Chair and President, LRPhils Motors Inc.
Designed and engineered at Land Rover’s development center in the UK, Discovery Sport will be produced at the company’s award-winning manufacturing facility in Halewood, Liverpool.
Discovery Sport is clearly identifiable as a Land Rover but introduces a progressive new design approach to differentiate the Land Rover brand architecture: Luxury (Range Rover), Leisure (Discovery) and Dual-Purpose (Defender).
Discovery Sport has a streamlined design complemented by class-leading usability. All-round visibility is excellent. Simple, clean surfaces and high-quality materials feature throughout.
Lightweight bodyshell, all-new multi-link axle
Monocoque construction combines a mix of high-strength steel, ultra-high-strength boron steel and lightweight aluminium panels. This ensures a strong, stiff and light base for outstanding dynamic performance and high levels of torsional rigidity. An all-new multi-link rear axle heightens agility, increases axle articulation and – together with lightweight aluminium suspension components and carefully calibrated dampers – enables an unrivalled level of compliance no matter what the surface conditions. The new rear axle also reduces interior noise and minimizes intrusion of the rear suspension turrets into the load space.
Exceptionally efficient powertrains
At launch, a range of four-cylinder turbocharged petrol and turbodiesel engines is available. All feature stop-start technology, high-pressure direct injection, low-friction internal components and smart regenerative charging for outstanding performance and economy.
Active Driveline switches between two- and four-wheel-drive to provide an unrivalled combination of on-road agility, off-road capability and all-round efficiency.
Class-leading off-road capability stands at the core of Land Rover DNA. Naturally, Discovery Sport’s body geometry has been optimized for even the harshest terrain, with excellent ground clearance, approach, departure and breakover angles, and an ability to wade through water to a class-leading depth of 600mm.
Land Rover’s Terrain Response® system features on all four-wheel-drive derivatives, allowing drivers to tailor Discovery Sport’s responses to the prevailing conditions. Up to five settings are available: General; Grass/Gravel/Snow; Mud and Ruts; and Sand. Dynamic mode is optionally available and heightens on-road performance and driver feedback.
The ultimate in safety and convenience
The new Discovery Sport features cutting-edge technology such as an advanced new infotainment system with 8-inch touchscreen to a pedestrian airbag that minimizes the consequences of a collision. Other available driver-assistance technologies include: Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Electric Power-Assisted Steering (EPAS), Park Assist, Automatic High-Beam Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition, Trailer Stability Assist, Tow Assist & Tow Hitch Assist, Blind-Spot Monitor & Closing Vehicle Sensing, Reverse Traffic Detection, HD Surround Camera System, HDD satellite-navigation system, automatic headlamps, rain-sensitive wipers and parking sensors.
Head Up Display
Head Up Display (HUD) debuts on the Land Rover Discovery Sport. This advanced laser technology projects key driving data including road speed, gear position and satellite- navigation directions onto a compact area of the windscreen in the driver’s line of sight. HUD allows the driver to safely access information while keeping their eyes on the road.