Mild-Hybrid Diesel Heads up Land Rover Discovery Sport Options

Mild-hybrid diesel powertrains have been added to the choice of engines for the new Land Rover Discovery Sport line-up.

The premium compact SUV now gets next-generation mild-hybrid Ingenium diesel engines to run alongside a ‘Discovery Sport Black’ Special Edition featuring a 286bhp Ingenium gasoline engine. These join the P300e PHEV launched earlier in 2020.

The diesels feature two power outputs, the D165 (160bhp) and D200 (200bhp) claiming CO2 emissions from 163g/km. Both use the automaker’s latest mild-hybrid technology paired with all-wheel drive and featuring a battery to harvest energy lost under deceleration. The Discovery Sport Black Edition is powered by a turbocharged gasoline engine claiming a 0-62mph time of 7.4 seconds.

The digital experience sees the  introduction of Land Rover’s latest Pivi infotainment. The system uses a separate battery source and so is ready to go as soon as it’s switched on. Software updates are available over-the-air via the vehicle’s embedded data connection at no cost, and can even be scheduled at a time to suit, ensuring users always have the latest maps, apps and vehicle features without having to visit a retailer. The system is enabled by a new Electrical Vehicle Architecture and is available as either standard Pivi, or the more advanced Pivi Profrom S-specification.

Spotify is integrated directly within the infotainment menu for the first time – data included – and Bluetooth connectivity for two phones at once. There’s also wireless device charging with signal-boosting option. A second-generation Activity Key is also available, allowing users to unlock any door, lock or even start the vehicle just by being nearby, with no need for a traditional key fob.

Occupants can check the quality of the air in the cabin via the touchscreen by activating the smart all-new Cabin Air Filtration system to filter out harmful fine particulate matter often found in cities and high-traffic areas. The system filters out fine particulate matter, allergens, pollen and even strong smells. Manually, users select ‘Purify’ mode to activate the system, which filters and continually monitors the air inside the cabin relative to the air outside. The touchscreen offers reassurance that the air within is cleaner than the air outside.

Finbar McFall, global product marketing director at Land Rover, said: “Next-generation mild-hybrid diesel engines bring enhanced efficiency to the Discovery Sport, while the new Discovery Sport Black adds to its appeal. The addition of the advanced new Pivi Pro infotainment system with immediate start-up and self-learning capabilities mean the new Discovery Sport is now even more capable and versatile, and ready for family adventures.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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