The new Land Rover Discovery Sport has landed in Manila and is now available in the local market. Land Rover Philippines presented the new SUV last week during ceremonies held at the Green Sun arts venue in Makati City.
The Discovery Sport is the world’s most versatile compact SUV, with its dynamic design combining 5+2 seating configurability in a more compact footprint than traditional five-seat SUVs.
A suite of Land Rover innovations are introduced in the new Discovery Sport, 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 aluminum body-shell for outstanding performance, safety and efficiency.
The Discovery Sport has been designed to be as environmentally sustainable as it is affordable to run: carbon dioxide emissions as low as 119 grams per kilometer 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.
The new 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).
The Discovery Sport has a streamlined design complemented by class-leading usability. All-round visibility is excellent, with simple, clean surfaces and high-quality materials featured throughout.
Lightweight body-shell, all-new multi-link axle
A monocoque construction combines a mix of high-strength steel, ultra-high-strength boron steel and lightweight aluminum 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 aluminum 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.
Two powertrains are available with the Discovery Sport: a four-cylinder turbo-charged petrol; and a four-cylinder turbodiesel. Both feature stop-start technology, high-pressure direct injection, low-friction internal components and smart regenerative charging for outstanding performance and economy.
The 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 600 millimeters.
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; Electric Power-Assisted Steering; Park Assist; Automatic High-Beam Assist; Lane Departure Warning; Traffic Sign Recognition; Trailer Stability Assist; Tow Assist and Tow Hitch Assist; Blind-Spot Monitor and 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
The 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.