Land Rover has taken the wraps off of the 2020 Discovery Sport, which arrives featuring a fairly comprehensive update for the smallish SUV that adds new technology, a new powertrain option and some camera features that will help with both front and rear visibility.
Similar to the 2020 Range Rover, the Discovery Sport adds a new mild-hybrid powertrain. It won’t be the base powertrain; that’s still the 246-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder that’s mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission and standard four-wheel drive. The hybrid powertrain uses the same engine, transmission and 4WD system but adds a 48-volt battery and bumps up total system output to 286 hp.
The hybrid system will be offered on just one trim level, the R-Dynamic HSE, versus five trim levels for the gas engine. And that model will be offered in only the two-row, five-seat layout — if you want the optional third row you’ll have to stick to the gas engine.
Other notable changes include a redesigned interior that incorporates a standard 10-inch multimedia screen and capacitive touch controls on the steering wheel and below the screen for climate control functions. While we’re not fans of capacitive controls, this appears to be a simpler setup than the two-screen display found in other Land Rover vehicles like the Velar. There’s also a newly available wireless charger, and plenty of USB and 12-volt charging points.
There are also two new camera systems, one for the front and the other for the rear, that bear mention: ClearSight Ground View and ClearSight Rear View. ClearSight Ground View uses a forward-facing camera and two more cameras located under the side mirrors to give the driver a live feed in the center screen of what’s in front of the vehicle, a view that’s normally blocked by the hood. This is especially helpful when off-roading, allowing the driver to see where to put the tires in relation to obstacles.
The ClearSight Rear View is similar in concept: It uses a camera mounted on the rear of the vehicle to display a wider view of what’s behind the Discovery Sport in the rearview mirror. It helps to improve rear visibility when that space is blocked by passengers or cargo.
The 2020 Discovery Sport will go on sale this summer, with pricing information available closer to the launch date.
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Editor’s note: This story was updated June 17, 2019, with revised total system output for the mild-hybrid powertrain.
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