05 Oct Land Rover Discovery Sport 2017 – A Compact SUV with Advanced Terrain Response System
Land Rover’s recently introduced Discovery Sport model has taken the SUV industry by storm. The vehicle bears the ‘Compact SUV’ tag and is destined to become one of the most sought after vehicles in the SUV market. The company has an impressive history of producing vehicles that combine luxury with power and efficiency.
The Discovery Sport does just that, by improving off-road drivability and minimizing the SUV’s carbon-footprint whilst maintaining the luxurious appeal which has been the hallmark of Land Rover. The 2017 model is a combination of two previous versions and is capable of going from 0 to 100 in 8.2 seconds.
Increased Power and Engine Performance
The Discovery Sport packs a powerful punch when it comes to speed and agility. The hood contains Land Rover’s very own Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 engine which is capable of producing 240hp and can bear 250 lb-ft of torque.
The engine is a 2.0-litre turbocharged 4 cylinder variant of the previous Discovery models. The engine’s robustness can be estimated from its ability to accelerate from 80 to 120 km/h in just 6 seconds.
The engine is complimented by the Gasoline Direct Injection Fuel System and has a nine-speed transmission. The estimated fuel economy of the engine is 12L/100km. This puts the Discovery Sport head and shoulders above its contemporaries.
The engine can be put into an ‘ECO’ mode which essentially puts all systems into a fuel economy mode. This feature whilst being energy and fuel efficient blunts the overall performance of the Discovery Sport. The enhancement does however significantly reduce the Discovery Sport’s Carbon footprint by reducing the dependency of the vehicle on all 4 wheels. This leads to less combustion and hence less emissions of harmful gases.
Design improvements are divided into two sub-categories and can be selected once purchasing the vehicle. The two design packs are:
- Graphite Design Pack
- Black Design Pack
The Graphite Design Pack features a Grey Contrast Roof and Narvik Black colored side-mirror caps. There is also a choice of custom Dark-Grey colored Alloy Rims. The pack includes additionally customizable features such as fender vents, grille colors and door handles. The bonnet and tailgates feature matching color ‘Discovery’ badge scripts.
The Black Design Pack is unique for its black-colored Discovery scripts at the bonnet and tailgate. The Alloy Rims, grille and fender vents are also painted black in line with the packs color scheme.
The design variations give the Discovery Sport an additional edge over its rivals by optimizing aerodynamics as well. The improved streamlining of the body including customized side-view mirrors reduces air resistance and susceptibility to atmospheric changes.
The body is designed to augment the luxury components of Land Rover along with its aim of delivering comfort over all kinds of terrains. The body is supported by high-strength aluminium steel panels which are said to be extremely lightweight, minimizing any extra load on the suspension. The feature also improves reliability in cases of long-distance travel and reduces the impact of wear and tear on the body.
The Discovery Sport also boasts an impressive 212 meters of ground clearance which enhances its off-road portfolio. The approach and departure angles lie at 25 and 31 degrees respectively, along with an astonishing ability to cross water obstacles 600mm in depth and also climb at a 45 degree angle when the situation calls for it.
There’s also an option of removing the front bumper in case the terrain is uneven or unnavigable.
The Discovery Sport features a blend of leather linings and bold carbon finishes that give the cabin a luxurious feeling. The improvements also include heated seats and a heated steering wheel.
A fixed panoramic moon-roof along with an 8-inch digital touch screen and HUD dashboard panel which features an inbuilt infotainment system are included in the SUV. The HUD display is interactive and connected to the inbuilt infotainment systems as well.
The dynamic display adds additional prestige to the illustrious reputation of the SUV.
Design and Efficiency features are regarded as a mainstay in modern day SUVs. They combine user-friendly technology and hardware enhancements in order to provide maximum comfort and security to the consumers. The Discovery Sport ventures to excel in this arena as well.
The Discovery Sport has an inbuilt Active Cruise Control, Hill-Descent Control along with a Brake-Based torque vectoring system. These two systems make it easy for the driver to assume more control over the vehicle’s movement.
The revolutionary Land Rover Terrain Response System is also factory installed in the SUV and provides multi-faceted options for the driver to exert their influence over the functionality of the vehicle. The system works like a driving assistant that identifies and examines different terrain types and then suggests employing the most suitable driving programs for the vehicle.
The system features regular on-road driving modes along with various kinds of options for muddy, hilly, desert, snowy, grassy and gravel based terrains. As per the terrain, the system suggests and then employs the most suitable throttle responses and transmission shift strategies in order to maximize all-wheel drive benefits.
One of the most revolutionary of all the Discovery Sport features is the Powered Gesture Tailgate system, which allows a person to remotely open and close the tailgate by a simple action of kicking one’s feet underneath the rear of the vehicle. The feature requires the Smart Key to be present near the vehicle in order for the system to work. The system works with the help of smart sensors that are built into the smart-key and beneath the sides of the vehicle.
The SUV also boasts a new and improved 825W Meridian™ surround-sound system which employs 16 in-built speakers and a dual channel subwoofer, and is built to deliver optimum sound quality throughout the cabin.
Other user-friendly features include timed-climate, heated seats and ambient light systems which enhance the driving experience and deliver maximum comfort to the occupants of the SUV.
Smart Navigation taken to the Next Level
The Discovery Sport also features a new InControl navigation and infotainment system which uses Bluetooth and wireless technology to enhance user connectivity. Users can choose from a variety of internet apps to link their vehicle to the outside world.
Additionally, the InControl system has been recently linked with social media app ‘Tile’, which comes in handy if one loses a personal item like wallets or phones.
The Tile system aims to inform the user whether their personal effects are with them on their journey. The system is being hailed as the first of its kind in the automobile industry.
The safety features in the Discovery Sport are better than the previous Land Rover models. The SUV package has nonetheless remained pretty much the same. The following features are included in the package:
- Adjustable Steering Wheel
- Keyless Entry
- Tire Pressure Monitor
- Auto Climate Control
- Power Door Locks
- Fog Lamps
- Back-Up Camera
- Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
- Blind Spot Monitoring
- Park Assist Technologies
- Speed Limit Alerts
- 6 Airbags
- WADE Sensing
- Torque Vectoring
- Active Driveline
- Active Cruise Control
- Hill Descent Control
Price and Availability of Discovery Sport in the UAE
Land Rover Discovery Sport is already available in the UAE. The price of Discovery Sport starts from AED 168,300 with additional features accounting for further increase in cost.
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