The updated 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport was launched locally on March 13 this year, right about the time when the entire world came to a grinding halt with everyone stuck at home due to the Movement Control Order. Now that the showrooms are slowly opening up, we stopped by the new Land Rover showroom in Ara Damansara to bring you a closer look at the new Disco Sport.
Although being just a mid-cycle update, the 2020 Disco Sport received some significant changes on the exterior, interior, and even underneath. Most of the exterior design changes are on the front, where Land Rover has given the Disco Sport a redesigned grille, flanked by slimmer headlights – the new signature Land Rover look.
The headlights are full LED, as are the new twin-U-shaped daytime running lights, which also acts as sequential turn indicators. The light signature is also mirrored at the back on the taillights.
Our local-spec Disco Sport only comes in the sole R-Dynamic variant, which includes a sportier front and rear bumper, all-round body-coloured cladding, as well as 20-inch alloy wheels. Exterior options include the “Black Pack”, featuring blacked-out badging, grilles, and other smaller bits and pieces around the car.
Moving inside, you’ll quickly realise how big of a step-up the new Discovery Sport is compared to its predecessor – Not just in features – which we’ll get to later – but also the sense of luxury when you sit in the cockpit.
Land Rover has given the 2020 Discovery Sport a cleaner and elegant dashboard. Sitting tall and centre of the it is the new 10-inch Touch Pro infotainment system, paired with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.
The air conditioning vents have been moved upwards, integrating it neatly into the horizontal section that runs across the entire width of the dashboard. Further below, the climate controls have been replaced by a new touch panel, featuring two round knobs for various adjustments – the same knob is also used as the driving mode switch.
Other changes inside are the new steering wheel and generation two head-up display. The controversial rotary gear knob of old has also been replaced by a more “regular” pistol-style gear stalk. You can also opt for a huge panoramic sunroof, if that’s something you’d like.
The 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged Ingenium petrol engine, producing 200 hp and 320 Nm of torque. The engine is paired to an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox, with power transferred to both axles via the updated four-wheel drive system.
The new Discovery Sport is now available in either a five (RM379,800) or five-plus-two (RM409,800) seating configuration. For more information, be sure to check out our launch write-up.