Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia (JLR) today launched the new 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport. The updated Discovery Sport is available in Malaysia in a sole R-Dynamic variant, in either five (RM379,800) or five-plus-two (RM409,800) seating configuration.
Being a mid-cycle update, the all-new Discovery Sport retains a largely familiar design. On the exterior, the new 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport receives a new headlights with twin U-shaped daytime-running lights that also functions as sequential turn signals, along with reprofiled front and rear bumpers.
The U-shaped light signature also makes it’s way to the rear combination taillights. An aggressive all-round body-coloured cladding complete the sportier exterior, as part of the R-Dynamic package.
Moving inside, the visual changes are more apparent, headlined by a cleaner and more modern dashboard design. Central to the dashboard now sits a 10-inch Touch Pro infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The instrument cluster has also been replaced by a 12-inch Interactive Driver Display.
The air-conditioning controls have been replaced by a touch-sensitive panel with two rotary dials for temperature adjustments, while a gear selector stalk replaces the rotary gear selector from the pre-facelift model.
Other standard equipment includes a second-generation coloured head-up display, as well as a wireless mobile charging pad located below the centre console.
However, the biggest change in the Discovery Sport lies underneath the largely evolutionary styling update. The 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport now rides on the brand’s latest Premium Transverse Architecture (PTA), which promises better ride comfort and allows for improved aerodynamics.
First seen on the all-new Range Rover Evoque, the PTA platform is also designed around modern powertrains such as mild-hybrids and plug-in hybrids. However, the Malaysian-spec Discovery Sport will only be available with a two-litre turbocharged Ingenium engine, producing 200 hp and 320 Nm of torque.
The turbocharged mill is paired to a nine-speed ZF automatic gearbox. Power is transferred to all four wheels via the updated all-wheel drive system, featuring a new Driveline Disconnect function that can disconnect the power from the front axle to the rear wheels during cruising, reducing frictional losses and thus improving fuel efficiency. Land Rover claims that the AWD system can be reengaged in just 500 milliseconds.
The updated Discovery Sport also features the new Terrain Response 2 system with Auto mode, which can automatically adjust its torque delivery according to driving conditions, in addition to the standard Comfort, Sand, Grass-Gravel-Snow, and Mud & Ruts modes.
Safety wise, the new Discovery Sport features a host of advanced safety technologies, such as front and rear parking aid, High-speed Emergency Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist and Driver Condition Monitor, as well as the 360-degree Surround Camera with Wade Sensing features.
The new Discovery Sport also comes equipped with ClearSight Ground View, which provides the drivers a clear view underneath and around the vehicle. As standard, the 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport comes with seven airbags.
All Land Rover vehicles purchased from JLR Malaysia and its authorised dealerships come with the ‘Land Rover Care’ programme, which includes a five-year/150,000km warranty, five-year/65,000km free service package, and three-year roadside assistance.