2015 LAND ROVER DISCOVERY QUICK TAKES
TESTDRIVENOW QUICK TAKES: 2015 LAND ROVER DISCOVERY SPORT HSE OVERVIEW
- Bold and progressive design defines new Discovery family
- 5+2 seating versatility in a more compact footprint than traditional five-seat SUVs
- All-new multi-link axle for peerless on-road agility and off-road ability, plus high levels of refinement and interior space
- ED4 turbodiesel derivative to be introduced later in 2015 estimated to deliver 119g/km CO2
- Choice of highly efficient nine-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmissions
- Active Driveline switches seamlessly between two- and four-wheel drive for reduced emissions and increased on- and off-road capability
- Unrivalled all-terrain performance courtesy of optimised approach, departure and breakover angles, plus Terrain Response® and Wade Sensing™ technology
- Connected on-road handling with optimised electric power-assisted steering, MagneRide™ dampers and Torque Vectoring by Braking
- First-in-class pedestrian airbag enhances pedestrian protection levels
- Autonomous Emergency Braking helps the driver to avoid collisions
- All-new 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with intuitive controls and heightened connectivity
- Head Up Display projects key driving data onto the windscreen for maximum safety and convenience
Land Rover has revealed the new Discovery Sport, the world’s most versatile premium compact SUV, and the first member of the new Discovery family. Uniquely in its segment, Discovery Sport’s dynamic design combines 5+2 seating configurability with design and engineering integrity in a compact footprint.
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: CO2emissions 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, two- or four-wheel drive, and advanced nine-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmissions.
“The launch of Discovery Sport is a pivotal moment in Land Rover’s 66-year history,” said Phil Popham, Jaguar Land Rover Group Marketing Director. “Not only does it mark the introduction of the first new member of our expanding Discovery family, it also brings the versatility of 5+2 seating to the compact premium SUV market.
“Together with design excellence and engineering integrity, Discovery Sport’s versatility is a key differentiator: its chassis is as competent on-road as off, and its powerful four-cylinder engines emit as little as 119g/km. Discovery Sport is quite simply the most accomplished vehicle in its segment.”
Designed and engineered at Land Rover’s development centre in the UK, Discovery Sport will be produced at the company’s award-winning manufacturing facility in Halewood, Liverpool. It goes on sale in early 2015 alongside the existing seven-seat Land Rover Discovery in over 170 markets worldwide.
Designed for life
Discovery Sport is clearly identifiable as a Land Rover but introduces a progressive new design approach specifically tailored to create clear differentiation between the other families within the Land Rover brand architecture: Luxury (Range Rover), Leisure (Discovery) and Dual-Purpose (Defender).
This beautifully proportioned vehicle brings a new sense of dynamism to the Discovery family and projects an image of confidence with its wheel-at-each-corner stance.
The fast bonnet line steps down into a rising belt line, creating a distinctively compact profile that belies significant interior space with optional 5+2 seating.
This streamlined design is complemented by class-leading usability: all-round visibility is excellent, whilst the interior and load space are easily accessible and fully optimised.
Discovery Sport’s versatile interior has been designed to be premium, not precious. The centre console forms a strong vertical graphic in the middle of the instrument panel, ensuring key controls are deliberately placed to provide easy access from the Sports Command Driving Position. 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 minimises intrusion of the rear suspension turrets into the load space; this has proved key in providing excellent load space and 5+2 seating.
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.
Petrol derivatives use an all-alloy Si4 2.0-litre engine with 240PS and direct fuel injection. This offers six-cylinder levels of performance in a compact package that reduces weight and cuts CO2 emissions by up to 20 per cent, compared to conventional larger capacity engines with a similar power output.
2.2-litre turbodiesel derivatives are available in either 150PS TD4 or 190PS SD4 specification. With both TD4 and SD4 producing the same 420Nm, drivers can count on exceptional fuel efficiency of up to 50.2mpg as well as effortless overtaking ability.
Later in 2015, the highly efficient ED4 turbodiesel engine debuts, with CO2 emissions of just 119g/km and enhanced fuel economy.
All engine derivatives can be specified with an advanced ZF 9HP48 nine-speed automatic transmission, for peerless refinement, efficiency, driver engagement and off-road capability. A six-speed manual M66 gearbox is also available for diesel models.
Class-leading all-terrain capability
Three choices of drivetrain are available for maximum versatility and customer choice: two-wheel drive, permanent four-wheel-drive or Active Driveline. 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 optimised 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.
Discovery Sport’s full suite of all-terrain technologies includes:
- Hill Descent Control® (HDC)
- Gradient Release Control® (GRC)
- Wade SensingTM
- Roll Stability Control (RSC)
- Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
- Electronic Traction Control (ETC)
- Engine Drag torque Control (EDC)
- Connected and comfortable handling on the road
Many of the innovations that make Discovery Sport unbeatable off-road are equally key to its responsive handling and composure on-road.
Key highlights include:
All-new multi-link rear axle
- Variable-ratio, electric power-assisted steering (EPAS)
- Torque Vectoring by Braking (TVB)
- Nine-speed automatic gearbox with adaptive shift strategy
- MagneRide™ adaptive dampers
- 325mm front disc brakes with new-generation calipers and pads
Advanced Land Rover technologies for ultimate safety and convenience
The new Discovery Sport features cutting-edge technology to maximise both safety and convenience.
New developments include everything from an advanced new infotainment system with 8-inch touchscreen to a pedestrian airbag that minimises 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
- Parking sensors
Land Rover InControl™ Technologies
Land Rover’s innovative suite of InControl™ technologies puts Discovery Sport at the cutting-edge of in-car connectivity. Developed in conjunction with Bosch SoftTec, InControl Apps enables vehicle-optimised smartphone apps to be displayed and controlled with their original look and feel from the vehicle’s new 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
Owners simply download Land Rover InControlTM Apps to their smartphone and connect it to the vehicle’s dedicated USB port to enable compatible apps to function on the Discovery Sport’s touchscreen, with new content available every time the apps update.
Land Rover InControl Remote™ allows owners to summon roadside assistance or the emergency services if required, while InControl Secure tracks the vehicle should it be stolen.
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.
Head Up Display allows the driver to safely access information while keeping their eyes on the road.
DISCOVERY SPORT DESIGN
Discovery Sport’s progressive design sets the tone for a new generation of Land Rover Discovery premium SUVs. These vehicles will be positioned in the Leisure family of Land Rover’s three-pillar brand architecture: Luxury (Range Rover), Leisure (Discovery) and Dual-Purpose (Defender).
Discovery Sport’s striking interior architecture offers high levels of superior quality materials. This is complemented by a high level of versatility with 5+2 seating and elegantly integrated stowage areas. “Every Land Rover must have design leadership and outstanding all-terrain capability,” said Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer. “For the Discovery family of vehicles, the key differentiator is versatility. Our challenge has been to combine premium design with exceptional versatility; the two attributes must work in harmony. I’m proud to say we’ve achieved that; Discovery Sport’s dynamic design will resonate on an emotional level with consumers, and this vehicle is more versatile than any other premium compact SUV.”
A progressive new Discovery design approach
Discovery Sport takes Discovery design in a more dynamic direction. Optimised volume, proportions and stance ensure a striking visual impact without compromising the functionality and engineering excellence for which the iconic Discovery nameplate is world-renowned.
At 4590mm long, Discovery Sport’s compact footprint is 239mm shorter than the seven-seat Land Rover Discovery – which also remains on sale – while its generous wheelbase of 2741mm creates exceptional legroom. This has also allowed Land Rover designers to pull the alloy wheels out towards all four corners of the vehicle. The result is a visually robust, compact stance and low centre of gravity that’s suggestive of Discovery Sport’s agile, planted driving experience. Sleek, wraparound corners further reduce visual bulk of the front overhang.
Signature features include a clamshell bonnet and distinctive two-bar grille with hexagonal mesh. Characteristic design cues complement the perfectly balanced proportions. Smoothly contoured body surfaces, strong and dynamic lines, and robust detailing including rugged skid plates signal Discovery Sport’s incredible breadth of capability. The fast bonnet line with a pronounced step into the rising belt line conveys a dramatic stance, while the roof tapers subtly downwards, adding extra dynamism.
“Discovery Sport’s design will resonate not only with existing Land Rover consumers, but also an entirely new generation of buyers,” said Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer. “We’ve refused to allow functionality to compromise Land Rover’s design leadership and vice versa; both interior versatility and off-road capability are class-leading. Discovery Sport is the ultimate all-round compact premium SUV.”
Discovery Sport’s dynamic profile optimises aerodynamic efficiency with an impressive 0.36Cd, improving performance, fuel economy and refinement. Wind noise has been minimised through Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and exhaustive wind tunnel tests. Particular attention has been paid to key areas such as the shape of the A-pillar and door mirrors, and a special acoustic windscreen lamination reduces wind noise still further.
Additional CFD tests were used to greatly reduce road grime or dirt transferred onto the rear of the car, which is particularly beneficial on unmade roads or during harsh winters.
Distinctive design details
Discovery Sport’s optimised volume and proportions are enhanced with carefully considered design details. A strong C-pillar graphic is key in creating the vehicle’s dynamic profile; it rakes dramatically forwards and stops short of the gloss-black window surrounds, allowing for an optional contrast roof graphic.
A bold new interpretation of Discovery headlamp design makes a strong visual impact, with a slim, wraparound design and circular daytime-running lights (DTRLs). The DTRLs are punctuated at four equal intervals to represent the points of the compass and underline the sense of adventure integral to Discovery DNA.
All Discovery Sports are fitted with Halogen headlamps and DTRLs, upper trim levels feature Signature headlamps, and customers can also specify Signature Plus headlamps. Signature headlamps feature Xenon and LED technology, while Signature Plus add adaptive-cornering technology to match the light beam to the driver’s steering angle.
The headlamps’ striking graphics are echoed in the tail lamps, with a wraparound design and a choice of standard or Signature lamps.
Robust bumpers reflect the go-anywhere capability of Discovery Sport. The front bumper houses large outboard air intakes with premium LED fog lamps, while a bold trapezoidal lower intake conveys a sense of strength and houses the central bumper beam and skid plate. The rear bumper reinforces this bold design theme, with a rugged skid plate flanked by twin exhaust outlets.
Land Rover’s distinctive fender vents receive a fresh interpretation for Discovery Sport, with a horizontal, blade-like graphic that flows into the feature line sweeping along the body. Purposeful wheel-arch mouldings with distinctive castellations pay homage to Land Rover’s unique heritage.
At the rear of the vehicle, the spoiler’s carefully crafted inner extensions optimise airflow for exceptional aerodynamic efficiency. A centrally mounted high-level spotlamp uses advanced LED light-pipe technology, for a distinctive and visible ribbon of light.
Discovery Sport customers can choose from 12 exterior colourways: Fuji White, Santorini Black, Corris Grey, Indus Silver, Loire Blue, Scotia Grey, Aintree Green, Kaikoura Stone, Firenze Red, Yulong White, Barolo Black and Phoenix Orange.
Offering further differentiation, the Black Pack emphasises the vehicle’s sporting appearance, with a gloss-black grille, door mirror caps, front fender vents, bonnet and tailgate lettering and a choice of eye-catching 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels. To achieve further distinction, a contrast roof extends to the base of the A-pillars and is available in either Santorini Black or Corris Grey.
A range of seven distinctive alloy wheel designs – including the striking Aero Viper – is available with a selection of Sparkle Silver, Dark Grey, Gloss Black and diamond-turned finishes depending on wheel design.
A premium interior with 5+2 seating versatility
Discovery Sport’s interior has been designed to provide a versatile and calming space, one in which every occupant feels equally comfortable and the driver can pay maximum attention to the road. Its highly configurable 5+2 seating is unique-in-segment.
At an early stage in the vehicle’s development programme, Land Rover designers invited a large cross-section of families to a UK development centre and watched as they climbed into a variety of existing SUVs, accessed third-row seating, synced electronic devices, attached child seats to Isofix anchor points and placed drinks containers in cup holders. The results helped shape the Discovery Sport into the most versatile premium compact SUV.
“Discovery Sport has required an incredible degree of creative intellect from both designers and engineers,” said Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer. “In my view this vehicle looks sensational both inside and out, it’s been designed for hectic modern lifestyles with generous luggage capacity, innovative stowage solutions and configurable 5+2 seating, which have all been given equal status to create a vehicle where form and function work in perfect harmony.”
Discovery Sport’s interior is an inclusive and highly configurable space, making it perfect for demanding family schedules and active lifestyles. Land Rover designers have prioritised head-, knee- and shoulder-room, and interior space is excellent in all derivatives thanks to a wheelbase of 2741mm, while the backs of the front seats are ergonomically contoured to unlock even more knee-room.
A selection of four trim levels is available: S, SE, HSE and HSE Luxury. From SE specification, the second-row seating is offered with tilt-and-slide functionality, and is individually adjustable with a 60:40 split. This enables row-two occupants to recline their seats or slide them forwards or back by a class-leading 160mm. It also provides as much as 112mm of knee-room and 1011mm of leg-room – almost as accommodating as a Range Rover. Alternatively, load capacity can be increased as desired from 829 litres to as much as 981 litres with row-two seats in place.
Extra attention has been paid to slim-line packaging of the vehicle’s electrical architecture – mounted electrical modules and routing harness run as space-efficiently as possible, for instance – in the side panels of the load space to maximise volume. A new design of multi-link rear axle also ensures the rear suspension turrets make minimal intrusion into the luggage area.
Both these innovations have proved key in allowing Land Rover to offer unique-in-segment 5+2 seating. This provides occasional rear seating that’s not only easy to access and comfortable for third row passengers, but can also be folded away to provide luggage volume equal to that of a five-seat derivative. In fact, both second- and third rows can be folded down using one hand to create an even more spacious load area. The load-space floor has been located as low down as possible, increasing space and ensuring that even large items are easy to load and unload.
Row-two seating is naturally specified with Isofix anchor points for child car seats. The anchor points are easily accessed by quickly removing two caps and slotting the child seat’s attachment points between two guides; it makes fitting child seats and swapping them between family cars as painless as possible, increasing both safety and convenience.
A great deal of collaboration between exterior and interior designers has resulted in a significant packaging solution. For instance, row-two occupants benefit from stadium seating that’s raised 50mm relative to front-seat passengers. The result is a cabin that feels more open and inclusive for row-two occupants while still providing plenty of head-room for taller-than-average passengers.
Maximum convenience for up to seven people
Discovery Sport is available with up to four 12V power points, while as many as six USB charging sockets can be specified for all three rows. This allows multiple electronic devices to be recharged simultaneously.
Two different centre console storage solutions are available. S and SE derivatives provide space for two cups along with a separate roller storage section; HSE and HSE Luxury derivatives have a larger console that includes a sliding armrest and a roller storage section with two removable cup holders located underneath; this space can be separately and quickly re-configured to offer space to securely hold a two-litre bottle.
Storage areas have been designed to be as deep and accommodating as possible. The door speaker housings, for instance, not only complement the interior’s clean lines and ensure excellent sound quality, they also provide the maximum space for stowage. At 13.8 litres, Discovery Sport’s front and rear door housings offer more than double the stowage space of some rival SUVs.
In typical Discovery tradition, a simple but effective convenience hook allows loose items to be secured in the passenger footwell. Row-three passengers have a storage shelf, and load-space rails are available to add further versatility.
Discovery Sport customers can choose from two air-conditioning systems: a manual interface is fitted to entry-level models, while dual-zone climate control with an LCD interface for the driver and front-seat passenger is also available. For dual-zone systems, the air vents for row-two occupants are mounted mid-way up the B-pillar for more effective cold-air distribution. If both dual-zone climate control and 5+2 seating are specified, an independent control unit is available, allowing row-three occupants to set their desired temperature and fan speed; row-three air vents are also positioned mid-way up the C-pillar.
Other convenience features include a sensor to detect and automatically clear windscreen misting, and an air-quality sensor that switches to re-circulation mode should high pollution levels be registered. ECO mode optimises the air-conditioning system – along with other vehicle settings – for maximum efficiency.
Clean and striking interior design, without compromise
“The Discovery Sport’s bold architectural forms combined with distinctive, premium finishes create an environment that is a pleasure to spend time in while offering unparalleled levels of versatility to meet the exacting requirements of our customers,” said Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer.
The centrepiece of the cabin is the striking intersection between the bold vertical lines of the centre console and the slimmer horizontal elements of the instrument panel. The pronounced centre console architecture ensures all controls are grouped logically. Soft-touch rotary controls and buttons set into a gloss-black surround create a tactile user-interface and are easy for the driver to find under the glare of direct sunlight.
A clean and elegant three-spoke, multi-function steering wheel frames a modern and easy-to-read instrument cluster. Housed under a compact curved binnacle, the instrument cluster’s twin analogue dials are set deep in circular housings. A central 5-inch colour TFT display is positioned between the twin dials, presenting key data such as fuel levels, gear position, temperature and Terrain Response® modes.
All derivatives specified with the nine-speed automatic gearbox are fitted with paddleshift controls, allowing the driver to manually select each gear for added control during towing or in challenging off-road and dynamic on-road scenarios.
Discovery Sport features a raised Sports Command Driving Position to provide the driver with a clear view of the road ahead, while the interior is characterised by clean, elegant lines.
All materials used in the Discovery Sport’s cabin are of high quality, designed to be premium, not precious. The HSE Luxury, for example, has unique-in-segment twin-needle-stitched leather on the upper reaches of the instrument panel and door surfaces. This creates a premium feel while the vertical spars on the centre console are available in a genuine metal finish, heightening luxury without impacting on longevity.
Entry-level S models are available with a mix of Resolve and Tofino cloth trim, while all other derivatives feature leather upholstery, from grained part-leather on SE models through to luxurious Windsor leather on the range-topping HSE Luxury. A selection of six interior colourways is available: Ebony, Cirrus, Glacier, Ivory, Almond and Tan.
Interior ambience can be further enhanced by subtle and highly configurable mood lighting, controlled via the central 8-inch touch screen.
Personalisation options for added individuality and convenience
The Land Rover Discovery Sport is offered with a comprehensive range of bespoke options, allowing owners to enhance specific elements of the vehicle or increase versatility still further. Interior and exterior options include:
- The Black Pack includes a gloss-black grille, door mirror caps, front fender vents, bonnet and tailgate lettering and a choice of eye-catching 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels
- A contrast roof extends to the base of the windscreen’s A-pillar and creates additional visual distinction in Santorini Black or Corris Grey
- A range of seven distinctive alloy wheel designs – including the striking Aero Viper – is available with a selection of Sparkle Silver, Dark Grey, Gloss Black and diamond-turned finishes, depending on wheel design
- Front and rear undershields, together with stainless-steel side tubes with a highly polished finish, underline Discovery Sport’s all-terrain capability. Noble-plated door-mirror caps complement the look
- A full panoramic roof with a dark tint and a special surface treatment for a high degree of solar protection brings a further sense of space and versatility to the interior. An electrically retracting blind with a solar reflective coating offers additional shade when required
- Two alternative designs of Land Rover-branded aluminium treadplate finishers for the front doors are available with either a brushed metal finish or added illumination when the doors are opened
- Stainless-steel sports pedals and footrest are available, as are tactile gear-shift paddles machined from a solid block of aluminium and anodised to ensure exceptional wear resistance
- A range of towing accessories is available, including a detachable towing system and fixed-height tow bar
- Load-space Rails create a highly configurable luggage area, and can be specified in conjunction with a Retention Kit featuring a telescopic crossbeam and retractable band to secure loose items
Optional features for added convenience include:
- Headrest-mounted iPad holders keep rear-seat passengers entertained and feature quick-release fixings for added security
- A Centre Armrest Cooler and Warmer Box is finished in premium leather and provides convenient stowage for food and drinks while maintaining items at a desired temperature
- • A full range of rubber mats and liners ensure carpets and the entire load-space area can be protected from mud and wear-and-tear under heavy use
Outstanding capability has been at the core of every Land Rover since 1948; Discovery Sport maintains that heritage. It has been engineered to provide best-in-class off-road capability, on-road dynamics, interior packaging, safety innovations and use of intelligent lightweight materials. The result is the most versatile premium compact SUV currently on sale.
Engineering innovations include: a lightweight bodyshell with a mix of steel and aluminium; all-new multi-link rear axle; advanced nine-speed automatic transmission; and an upcoming ED4 turbodiesel engine with an exceptional 119g/km CO2*.
The latest multi-dimensional simulation tools allowed Land Rover to thoroughly assess packaging requirements at an early stage, after which almost 200 prototypes were built. These prototypes undertook a combined total of 6800 test weeks in a punishing schedule to ensure exceptional levels of reliability, off-road capability and on-road dynamics. Extremes of altitude, temperature and terrain all formed part of the rigorous testing regime, which spanned the globe and included the US, Dubai, Spain, Morocco, Germany, Sweden, the UK and Austria.
Crucially, customer clinics also allowed Land Rover to listen to potential owners and watch as their families put prototype design solutions to the test; their feedback proved invaluable in creating a compact premium SUV with unparalleled versatility.
The result is a vehicle that can accommodate seven people in total comfort and offers an exceptional blend of performance, refinement and economy, sharp handling dynamics, can tow up to 2.5 tonnes, and tackle even the most challenging terrain with total composure.
“Engineering innovation is key to Discovery Sport’s outstanding versatility,” said Murray Dietsch, Director, Land Rover Programmes. “The all-new multi-link rear axle in particular has proved crucial, allowing Land Rover to introduce 5+2 seating to a whole new segment while also offering best-in-class off-road performance and outstanding levels of agility.”
Lightweight monocoque with all-new multi-link rear axle
The brief for Land Rover engineers was particularly challenging: produce a premium SUV that’s more compact than rivals, yet seats up to seven occupants in comfort and offers exceptional levels of efficiency and versatility.
Discovery Sport’s lightweight monocoque and all-new multi-link rear axle was pivotal in meeting this challenge.
Strong, stiff and light: introducing the Discovery Sport’s bodyshell
The vehicle bodyshell has been optimised using the latest state-of-the-art multi-dimensional computer simulation tools, and includes an innovative blend of metals: high-strength steel, ultra high-strength boron steel and lightweight aluminium. Hot-stamped boron steel, for instance, is used in key parts of the crash safety cell including the A- and B-pillars – enabling them to be of a slim design for excellent visibility and enhanced aesthetics – and the door sills, which resist deformation and intrusion in the event of an accident. Aluminium is employed for the bonnet, front fenders, roof and tailgate to reduce weight.
Largely shared with the award-winning Range Rover Evoque, the front architecture includes a magnesium crossbeam for outstanding torsional rigidity and reduced weight. However, the platform is all-new from the B-pillar rearwards, with thousands of hours invested in ensuring every component is packaged as compactly as possible. The result is maximum interior space, 5+2-seat versatility and peerless off-road capability in a surprisingly compact footprint.
In fact, two separate rear architectures have been independently developed, allowing both five- and seven-seat derivatives to be offered with a spare wheel without impacting on luggage volume. Discovery Sport is 80mm longer than the Range Rover Evoque, and all of the increase is contained within the wheelbase.
Special attention was given to providing easy access for all occupants, while the load-space floor is as low as possible to maximise luggage space and facilitate loading and unloading.
Innovative new multi-link axle for exceptional dynamics, refinement and space efficiency
With fully independent suspension, Discovery Sport delivers dynamic and refined on-road behaviour allied to outstanding off-road capability. Featuring lightweight aluminium chassis components for high strength and reduced unsprung weight, the new chassis also helps to reduce interior noise and increase occupant space.
Coil springs are used on the front suspension, with steel front lower control arms and aluminium suspension knuckles; the suspension struts use advanced hydraulic rebound stops for excellent refinement. This vastly reduces noise entering the cabin when, for instance, the suspension rebounds after impact with a deep pothole.
A compact multi-link rear axle debuts for numerous benefits. These include exceptional on-road agility, class-leading wheel travel and axle articulation – at 340mm, up to 60mm more than competitors – and extremely high levels of composure in on- or off-road environments. The new rear axle also reduces road noise entering the cabin and, because the suspension turrets make only a minimal intrusion into the luggage area, allow row-two seating to slide and recline past the turrets for maximum leg-room. Similarly, the all-new multi-link rear axle is key in delivering 5+2 seating versatility and generous luggage space in a compact footprint.
The lower control arm and rear suspension knuckle are produced from thin-walled hollow aluminium castings, an innovative lightweight solution that also increases strength. The rear suspension is mounted on an optimised steel subframe, which is light and stiff to promote excellent steering response, rewarding dynamic behaviour and outstanding interior refinement.
Adaptive Dynamics MagneRide™ dampers are available on SD4 and Si4 five-seat derivatives, for an exceptional combination of handling precision and occupant comfort.
A highly efficient powertrain
Discovery Sport delivers outstanding performance, refinement and efficiency courtesy of a range of turbocharged four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. Advanced technologies include smart regenerative charging, which prioritises charging the battery while the car is decelerating, greatly reducing the electrical system’s demands on the engine. Shortly after launch, an ED4 derivative debuts, with CO2 emissions of just 119g/km.
State-of-the-art nine-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmissions are available, and customers can choose from two-wheel drive or two different four-wheel-drive systems: Efficient Driveline for assured handling on-road and outstanding all-terrain capability, or Active Driveline, which switches between two- and four-wheel drive for added efficiency, agility and off-road versatility.
Refined and efficient 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine
The 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine is available in two specifications. TD4 provides 150PS and as little as 149g/km CO2; SD4 increases performance to 190PS with an impressive 159g/km. Fitted with the advanced nine-speed automatic gearbox, the SD4 can accelerate from 0-60mph in just 8.4sec and reach 117mph where conditions allow.
Both derivatives produce a highly flexible 420Nm from just 1700rpm, ensuring a broad torque curve for effortless overtaking ability, off-road performance and towing capability.
The latest version of this advanced four-cylinder engine features high-pressure common-rail fuel injection with piezoelectric injectors for precise and efficient metering of fuel; a new Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) system for lower particulates; faster glow-plug operation; a variable nozzle turbine (VNT) water-cooled turbocharger; variable swirl system; and uprated engine management system for optimised performance and fuel economy.
Advanced coating technology minimises piston friction, and lighter internal components reduce CO2 and improve performance. A double-walled cylinder block, low-noise injectors and twin balancer shafts achieve a high degree of refinement.
Both models are fitted with an advanced stop-start system. Stop-start automatically switches off the engine in just 300 milliseconds when the car comes to rest. It restarts before the driver can move his foot from the brake to the accelerator on automatic derivatives, or as soon as they depress the clutch on manual variants. Stop-start reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by between 5 and 7 per cent.
Efficient and powerful turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine
The Si4 2.0-litre petrol engine features an advanced low-inertia turbocharger, high-pressure direct fuel injection and variable valve timing to deliver exceptional driveability throughout the rev range. Twin balancer shafts ensure high levels of refinement.
Producing a potent 240PS at 5500rpm and 340Nm spread from just 1800 to 4000rpm, together with 35.2mpg and 191g/km CO2, the all-alloy engine combines six-cylinder levels of performance and in-gear flexibility in a far more compact, lighter package. Crucially, the Si4 engine is typically 20 per cent more fuel efficient than larger engines producing equivalent power.
The downsized engine features several fuel-saving innovations: a sheet-metal exhaust manifold warms up the engine faster, reducing emissions during short journeys; specially treated piston rings and tappets minimise friction for optimised efficiency and an advanced electronic management system provides precision control over the combustion process.
Advanced nine-speed automatic transmission
All Si4 petrol Discovery Sports are fitted with the state-of-the-art ZF 9HP48 nine-speed automatic transmission; TD4 and SD4 derivatives are offered with a choice of six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic transmissions. Both are supplied with low-viscosity transmission fluid to increase efficiency.
The ZF-developed nine-speed automatic transmission is just 6mm longer and weighs 7.5kg less than Land Rover’s previous six-speed automatic transmission, despite an additional three ratios.
A tactile rotary gearshift controller rises silently from the centre console when the ignition is turned on, while paddleshift controls attached to the steering wheel offer complete driver control for dynamic driving, precision off-road manoeuvres and manual gear selection while towing.
Nine closely stacked gear ratios provide excellent response and allow for a very low first gear, improved mid-range acceleration and a tall ninth gear for reduced engine revs at higher cruising speeds; this reduces fuel consumption, emissions and engine noise.
The torque converter incorporates a multi-stage damper system to ensure the driver can pull away from rest smoothly. Similarly, second gear – approximately equivalent to first gear in transmissions with fewer ratios – is used to move away from a standstill to maximise efficiency and refinement.
Drivers can, however, manually select first gear when very dynamic acceleration is required or for additional control in challenging off-road situations.
The transmission’s extremely fast gear changes are below the threshold of perception while a skip-shift function allows the gearbox to downshift directly between gears rather than sequentially cycling through them; this allows the desired gear to be quickly selected during heavier acceleration or braking inputs. Should the driver demand too low a gear, the transmission will remember the request and select the gear once engine revs fall to an appropriately low level.
An innovative adaptive-shifting system quickly matches the transmission’s responses to the driver’s mood. For instance, it selects taller gears more quickly and holds them for longer during relaxed driving, and responds to a more dynamic driving style by holding lower ratios for longer and downshifting more eagerly.
Revised six-speed manual transmission
TD4 and SD4 Discovery Sport derivatives can be specified with either a six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic transmission. The Getrag M66 six-speed manual gearbox features optimised internals to reduce friction and increase efficiency.
Land Rover engineers have optimised the gear shifter’s position for additional ease of use, while the previous centre-pivot design has been replaced with a new lower-pivot-design and revised linkage. These changes improve tactility and driver interaction.
Optional two-wheel drive for exceptional efficiency
Shortly after launch, Discovery Sport will be available with two-wheel drive. This reduces weight and CO2emissions, and provides the perfect solution for customers who rarely venture off-road. Equipped with the upcoming ED4 turbodiesel engine and six-speed manual transmission, two-wheel-drive variants will emit as little as 119g/km CO2*.
Two-wheel-drive Discovery Sports remain highly competent off-road, thanks to excellent ground clearance, class-leading axle articulation and outstanding approach, departure and breakover angles.
For customers demanding enhanced off-road capability and even more sure-footed and agile handling on the road, a choice of two intelligent four-wheel-drive systems is available. These systems are explained in detail below.
Outstanding capability both on- and off-road
Discovery Sport was subject to a punishing test schedule to guarantee the class-leading all-terrain capability essential to Land Rover DNA. Approach, departure, and breakover angles have been optimised, the suspension has been designed to be as compliant as possible, and the electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) has been tuned to minimise kickback off-road and reduce driver workload. Land Rover engineers even focused on increasing refinement on the ABS modulator, reducing noise levels when Hill Descent Control® (HDC) is active.
Thousands of hours have been invested in tackling the challenging Big Red sand dunes in Dubai, driving through deep snow and over icy lakes in Sweden, and the deep mud and clay and steep inclines of Land Rover’s Eastnor Castle off-road facility in the UK. The result is the most capable vehicle in its class.
Discovery Sport has also been optimised to provide excellent refinement, comfort and handling on the road, with exhaustive tests on everything from British B-roads to the Nürburgring Nordschleife. The new multi-link rear axle, for instance, ensures exceptional refinement and agility, while the suspension compliance that’s key to the Discovery Sport’s off-road composure also makes for unruffled but rewarding progress on the road.
“The Land Rover Discovery’s versatility is all-pervasive,” says Nick Veale, Chief Engineer, D8 Vehicle Engineering. “Not only does it offer 5+2 seating, it’s also astonishingly capable off-road, can tow up to 2.5 tonnes and handles with an agility to entertain even the most demanding drivers. There’s no other compact premium SUV like it.”
Optimised ground clearance, and approach, departure and breakover angles
Discovery Sport’s body has been specially optimised to cope with challenging off-road terrain, with 212mm of ground clearance and class-leading approach, departure and breakover angles of 25, 31 and 21 degrees respectively. This means the front, middle or rear of the vehicle can climb up, over and down extreme obstacles at low speed. Four-wheel-drive variants can also scale incredibly steep gradients of 45 degrees, as much as 14 degrees more than other competitor SUVs. In extreme situations, lower trim on the front bumper can be removed to increase the approach angle still further.
Combined with excellent axle articulation, long-travel suspension, outstanding all-wheel-drive traction and all-terrain tyres, Discovery Sport provides peerless off-road performance.
Advanced Efficient Driveline four-wheel-drive system
All Discovery Sport derivatives are available with Land Rover’s Efficient Driveline four-wheel-drive system. This intelligent full-time four-wheel-drive system delivers outstanding performance and traction on all surfaces, and continuously varies the torque split front-to-rear. The latest Haldex centre coupling is now 4kg lighter, and is electronically controlled, allowing it to respond to wheel slip and driver demands far faster than a purely mechanical coupling. This provides excellent off-road capability together with enhanced agility on the road.
Active Driveline four-wheel drive for outstanding on- and off-road capability
Active Driveline is available on Discovery Sport SD4 and TD4 5-seat cars. A revolutionary on-demand driveline technology, Active Driveline can intelligently switch between two- and four-wheel drive as conditions dictate, combining both the fuel-saving benefits of two-wheel-drive with the all-terrain capability of four-wheel drive. On-road agility also increases with Active Driveline.
Four-wheel-drive is continuously engaged to provide large reserves of traction from a standstill, but a clutch completely disconnects the four-wheel-drive hardware – the propshaft, rear driveshafts, and rear differential and clutches – during normal steady-state driving at speeds above 22mph. This greatly reduces friction losses and hence fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Should the system detect wheel slip or a more dynamic driving style, four-wheel drive is re-engaged within 350 milliseconds.
Two electronically controlled clutches located either side of the rear differential distribute torque to the wheel with most grip as and when required. This improves on-road agility, while the rear axle can be entirely “locked” for maximum traction in very slippery conditions.
Active Driveline’s transition from two- to four-wheel drive is seamless, but drivers can monitor its operation via a dedicated 4x4i screen on the 8-inch touchscreen display.
Terrain Response® for effortless all-terrain capability
Terrain Response® maximises Discovery Sport’s performance and safety no matter how challenging the conditions. Easily controlled via an intuitive interface on the centre console, Terrain Response® allows Discovery Sport’s steering, throttle response, gearbox, centre-coupling and braking/stability systems to be precisely tailored to the demands of the terrain. Terrain Response® features four settings: General; Grass/Gravel/Snow (for slippery conditions on- and off-road); Mud and Ruts; and Sand.
Optimised for enthusiastic on-road driving, Dynamic mode is optionally available when Adaptive Dynamics MagneRide™ dampers are specified.
Wade Sensing™ removes the uncertainty from crossing deeper water
Discovery Sport can wade through water to a depth of 600mm, an invaluable benefit in off-road situations and when roads are flooded. Relaying information from sensors in the door mirrors, the Wade Sensing™ feature informs the driver of the water depth with a visual display on the vehicle’s 8-inch touchscreen and an audible tone that increases as the depth rises. The driver can see both the current depth of the water along with how much deeper the car can safely wade; this proves particularly invaluable during poor visibility or when driving at night.
The air intake is positioned high above the wheel arch to ensure no water enters the engine, while a rigorous testing procedure ensures all door seals are watertight. A particularly demanding part of the testing process called for the Discovery Sport to be parked in deep water, the doors opened and the interior flooded; after 30 minutes, Land Rover engineers were able to drive away.
A comprehensive suite of off-road technologies
Alongside Terrain Response® and Wade Sensing™, Discovery Sport also features additional off-road technologies. These include:
- Hill Descent Control® (HDC) maintains a set speed while negotiating steep inclines off-road
- Gradient Release Control® (GRC) progressively releases the brakes when moving away on an incline for maximum control
- Roll Stability Control (RSC) detects the onset of a rollover and applies the brakes to the outer wheels to bring the vehicle under control
- Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) corrects oversteer and understeer by reducing engine torque and/or applying brakes to individual wheels
- Electronic Traction Control (ETC) reduces torque and/or applies a braking force to individual wheels to prevent wheelspin
- Engine Drag torque Control (EDC) helps to prevent lock-up under heavy engine braking in slippery conditions by increasing engine torque to the affected wheels
Agile and rewarding handling on the road
Discovery Sport’s state-of-the-art chassis, with lightweight suspension architecture and advanced chassis technologies, has been optimised for dynamic handling and exceptional composure on-road. It is both fun to drive and incredibly comfortable for all occupants. A lightweight bodyshell with excellent torsional rigidity, long wheelbase, and a squat, muscular stance, provides the perfect base; steering response, ride comfort and agility all benefit.
Supple, long-travel suspension is attached to extremely stiff isolated subframes, with large-diameter gas damper struts at the front and all-new advanced multi-link suspension at the rear for a combination of agility, refinement and composure. Body roll is well contained, and body control remains exceptional over even the harshest surface. A high level of suspension compliance ensures the tyres’ contact patches remain in touch with even very rough road surfaces, increasing driver confidence and safety.
“The characteristics that make Discovery Sport so versatile off-road also make it a genuinely accomplished vehicle on-road,” said Mike Cross, Land Rover Chief Engineer, Vehicle Integrity. “The new multi-link rear axle provides incredible agility, while the vehicle’s composure not only helps on rough terrain, it also results in a controlled fluidity over British B-roads. It gives a keen driver more confidence, and all occupants a high level of comfort.”
Adaptive Dynamics with MagneRide™ dampers can also be specified, bringing even higher levels of occupant comfort and driver engagement. MagneRide™ dampers offer a wide range of adjustment, and adapt to road conditions and driver inputs near instantaneously thanks to a special damping fluid containing magnetic particles. When the particles are subjected to a magnetic field, the viscosity of the damper fluid is either increased or decreased, making the suspension stiffer or softer.
MagneRide™ dampers offer everything from an even more connected driving experience with minimised body roll and heightened agility, to increased compliance and therefore control in off-road environments.
Adaptive Dynamics introduces a driver-selectable Dynamic mode on the Terrain Response® system, increasing throttle, gearbox and differential response, along with suspension and steering firmness for additional driver reward.
Torque Vectoring by Braking (TVB) monitors dynamic behaviour and operates on all four wheels. Should understeer be detected, TVB applies a small braking force to the outside front wheels, subtly tightening the car’s line for additional agility and safety.
The electric power-assisted steering system (EPAS) has been tuned for excellent driver feedback on the road, while the steering rack is solidly mounted to the front subframe to further enhance precision.
Variable-ratio steering features on Discovery Sport, with a slower ratio around the centre position for excellent stability at speed, but a faster ratio when additional steering lock is applied to increase agility on twisty roads. The transition from a slower to faster ratio is entirely linear; the driver is simply aware of an extremely responsive steering system.
The steering is light and responsive with additional power assistance at lower speeds for enhanced manoeuvrability, but firmer for a more assured response at speed.
EPAS also removes the need for engine-driven hydraulic steering assistance, reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions through parasitic losses. A further benefit is Park Assist, which helps to identify suitable parallel and perpendicular parking spaces, before automatically steering the vehicle into place.
Discovery Sport is equipped with vented 325mm front and 300mm rear disc brakes, providing reassuring stopping power in all conditions, including when towing up to 2.5 tonnes. The front brakes are of a new design, with a stiffer caliper and new-generation pads to enhance retardation. They also offer improved refinement and reduced brake dust.
Further enhancing safety, Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) automatically increases the amount of brake pressure when the system senses an emergency situation; Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) helps to ensure the perfect braking balance between the front and rear wheels in more extreme situations; and Corner Brake Control (CBC) reduces the likelihood of the driver losing control during heavy braking in a corner.
Advanced safety technologies
Discovery Sport has been engineered with the latest active and passive safety advances. A comprehensive occupant safety package including driver and passenger airbags, knee airbags, and side curtain and thorax airbags has naturally been a priority. Innovations include a unique-in-segment pedestrian airbag, and Autonomous Emergency Braking to help avoid or mitigate the consequences of collisions below 80km/h (50mph).
State-of-the-art pedestrian-protection system
A pedestrian airbag is triggered by advanced pressure-tube sensors mounted between the bumper cover and the bumper beam, which are designed to detect impacts with adult pedestrians. Should any impacts be detected between 24-48km/h (15-30mph), an airbag concealed by a small scuttle panel at the base of the windscreen deploys in no more than 60 milliseconds, drastically reducing the risk of serious pedestrian injury.
The scuttle cover is attached to the airbag using two tethers, and forms part of the airbag system in helping to spread the load evenly across the airbag; thus the driver’s vision is not obscured during deployment and the airbag volume can be reduced to 110 litres. Rigorous testing ensured the airbag does not deploy in extreme off-road situations.
“The innovative pedestrian protection system is not only unique in the SUV class, it’s also yet to debut in most other segments,” said Paul Cleaver, Discovery Sport Vehicle Programme Director. “It ensures Discovery Sport is one of the safest cars on the road not only for occupants, but for pedestrians too. Most impressively, our engineering and design teams have been able to accommodate this life-saving technology while maintaining Discovery Sport’s streamlined design.”
Complementing the pedestrian-protection system, Discovery Sport’s front end, bumpers, bonnet and cowl are optimised to minimise potential injuries.
Innovative Autonomous Emergency Braking avoids or minimises the impact of collisions
Discovery Sport is the world’s first vehicle to offer an autonomous emergency braking system using an innovative stereo digital camera system. Operational between speeds of 5 and 80km/h (3-50mph), the system helps to avoid collisions below 50km/h (32mph), and reduces the severity of an impact at speeds below 80km/h (50mph).
The system uses stereo cameras mounted next to the rear-view mirror to detect objects that could pose the risk of a collision, such as queuing traffic. If the system deems a collision likely, it will alert the driver with a visual and audible warning. If no action is taken and a collision is judged unavoidable, a further driver warning is triggered while the system applies full braking pressure to bring the vehicle to a stop.
Other driver-assistance systems include:
- Park Assist identifies suitable parallel and perpendicular parking spaces, allowing the driver to operate the accelerator, brake and gears while the vehicle autonomously steers on both entry to and – in the case of parallel parking spaces – exit from the space. Parking sensors offer further assistance
- Automatic High-Beam Assist automatically monitors other vehicles’ head lamps and tail lights, along with ambient lighting in built-up areas. It then controls the vehicle’s high-beam function as conditions dictate
- • Lane Departure Warning gently vibrates the steering wheel to warn a driver who may be unintentionally drifting out of a lane
- Traffic Sign Recognition monitors road signs and displays a reminder of the speed limit or overtaking regulations on the satellite-navigation screen
- Trailer Stability Assist detects trailer instability and brakes individual wheels to help the driver correct a potentially hazardous situation
- Tow Assist and Tow Hitch Assist utilise a camera system to help the driver both hitch a trailer and predict its trajectory while reversing
- Blind-Spot Monitor & Closing Vehicle Sensing detect vehicles that are either in the driver’s blind spot or are approaching quickly and could pose a danger during a lane-change. An orange warning light appears in the relevant side mirror to warn the driver
- Automatic headlamps and rain-sensitive wipers activate autonomously according to conditions
Advanced infotainment and convenience features
Technological innovation extends to Discovery Sport’s all-new infotainment system, with voice-controlled satellite-navigation, WiFi hotspot connectivity and bespoke all-terrain modes. Buyers can opt for Land Rover’s InControl™ technology, including InControl Apps. This puts Land Rover at the cutting-edge of in-car connectivity, bringing the convenience and original look and feel of smartphone apps to the vehicle’s 8-inch touchscreen. Head Up Display (HUD) also debuts.
All-new infotainment system
Discovery Sport features an all-new premium infotainment system, with an 8-inch touchscreen display and 800×480 pixel resolution for an easy and intuitive user experience. It allows drivers to monitor and control a wide range of functions by dragging, scrolling or swiping content, just as they might on a smartphone.
The home screen provides easy access to audio, climate, telephone and navigation functions, while users can swipe to an additional two screens to access a range of other functions. This includes WiFi hotspots, 4x4i and Wade Sensing™ off-road displays, Eco Data and ambient lighting control.
SD-based satellite navigation is supplied as standard equipment, and features advanced 3D city models and landmarks, high-quality 2D maps and 3D views of upcoming junctions for easily legible and realistic mapping.
An intuitive interface allows occupants to quickly enter a postcode or full address as required; alternatively, one-shot voice destination entry can be used, meaning the driver need only say the name of the destination for it to be entered into the satellite-navigation system. Voice commands can also be used to select radio stations, dial phone numbers or access stored contacts from the phonebook.
Other advanced satellite-navigation features include:
- Traffic Congestion View
- Live traffic announcements
- Historical traffic data
- Lane guidance icons
- Customer updatable maps
- Traffic sign display at motorway junctions
The innovative satellite-navigation system has also been optimised to complement Discovery Sport’s outstanding all-terrain capability. Advanced features include:
- Breadcrumbing, which marks the vehicle’s route on the map and allows the driver to re-trace their steps
- Point-to-point navigation, to show the most direct route between two points off-road
- Lateral and longitudinal co-ordinates to both locate the vehicle and navigate to off-road destinations
“Advanced touchscreen technology and an intuitive interface ensures Discovery Sport’s infotainment system offers all the versatility and connectivity that consumers have come to expect,” said Paul Cleaver, Discovery Sport Vehicle Programme Director. “Every Discovery Sport is fitted with an 8-inch touchscreen, so all buyers can benefit from this latest innovation.”
Bluetooth® functionality allows up to two phones to be synced to the infotainment system simultaneously: one to make or receive hands-free phone calls via multi-function steering wheel controls, the other to play audio, including streamed music from app-based services such as Spotify. Alternatively, smartphones and portable MP3 players can be synced and charged via USB sockets or auxiliary inputs.
A choice of three audio systems, including 17-speaker Meridian option for peerless sound quality
A choice of three stereo systems is available: an entry-level system with six speakers; a 10-speaker system with amplifier for enhanced audio quality; and a top-of-the-range system with 10 speakers, an amplifier and subwoofer for outstanding sound reproduction.
An advanced optional infotainment system includes HDD satellite navigation, dual-view functionality – allowing the driver to see only satellite-navigation information, for instance, while the passenger watches a DVD on the same screen – and a rear-seat entertainment system.
The top-of-the-range audio system has been developed in partnership with Meridian, a world leader in audio technologies and digital sound processing. The advanced 825w, Meridian Surround Sound 17-speaker system includes a subwoofer for peerless sound quality, and a state-of-the-art amplifier that incorporates the latest digital processing technology to ensure perfectly optimised sound quality for everyone in the vehicle.
Land Rover InControlTM Apps – the ultimate for in-car connectivity
Developed in conjunction with Bosch SoftTec, InControl Apps puts Land Rover at the forefront of in-car connectivity, and is compatible with the latest Apple and Android smartphones.
By connecting a smartphone to the dedicated USB port, well known smartphone apps optimised for in-vehicle use will function on Discovery Sport’s touchscreen, retaining their original look and feel. The latest content becomes available every time the apps update.
A productivity suite enables easy access to the connected smartphone’s contacts, calendar and music library, while a maps app includes maps and satellite views overlaid with the vehicle location.
Land Rover and Bosch SoftTec have worked in conjunction with some of the world’s leading smartphone app developers that are perfectly suited for in-car use, such as satellite navigation, music streaming, internet radio and location services. Compatible apps include iHeartRadio, Stitcher, Glympse, Sygic, Parkopedia, Hotelseeker, Cityseeker, Eventseeker, Airmotion News, Winston and MobileDay, with the range being continually expanded.
When InControl Apps is selected as a customer option, the owner must download Land Rover InControlTMApps to their smartphone from either the Apple App Store (for iPhone 5/5S/5C and onwards) or Google Play (Android). Once the phone is connected to the vehicle’s dedicated USB port, the owner simply taps the InControl Apps icon on the central touchscreen and selects the desired vehicle-compatible app from the menu.
Land Rover InControlTM Apps is the latest addition to Land Rover’s suite of InControl connected-car technologies. InControl Remote allows owners to summon roadside assistance or the emergency services if required, while an SOS signal is triggered automatically should the airbags be deployed in an accident. The InControl Remote smartphone app allows owners to prepare for a trip by checking fuel levels and range remotely, find their vehicle in a crowded car park and check if they have left doors or windows open. They can also download journey details to assist in claiming business mileage expenses.
InControl Secure tracks the vehicle should it be stolen, while the Secure Tracking System will automatically trigger an SMS text message to alert the owner. InControl Wi-Fi provides in-car access to a 3G hotspot, enabling up to eight electronic devices to be simultaneously connected.
Head Up Display so your eyes never need to leave the road
Head Up Display (HUD) debuts on the Land Rover Discovery Sport. This advanced laser technology projects key driving data onto a compact area of the windscreen in the driver’s line of sight, allowing the driver to safely access information while keeping their eyes on the road at all times.
Data includes road speed, gear position (when the driver has selected Commandshift® manual mode), satellite-navigation directions and traffic-sign recognition.
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