Exterior, interior revisions to sit atop a new platform perhaps?
It’s being reported that British luxury off-roader marque Land Rover are preparing a refreshed & revised version of its best-selling Discovery Sport, with a reveal date slated for later this year. The new DiscoSport, arriving in time for the 2020 model year, represents Land Rover’s defence against newer rivals that have eaten away at its marketshare, like the Volvo XC60 and Mercedes-Benz GLC.
The DiscoSport is a very important model for Land Rover, making up the lions-share of sales annually. The ’20 DiscoSport will also be part of a trio of cars set to be launched this year that’ll push JLR back into profitability; After a 6.9% sales drop year-on-year, JLR is hoping that the new Evoque, new Defender, and new DiscoSport will put them back in good financial health.
It’s reported by Autocar that the updated DiscoSport will be a lot more than just a cosmetic nip-and-tuck. Despite being a continuation of the current generation, the ’20 DiscoSport may migrate to the Premium Transverse Architecture (PTA) that the new Evoque uses, which will unlock a whole bunch of potential for the car. Electrified powertrains (in both mild- and plug-in hybrid guises) and the latest Ingenium mills should feature, along with the very latest technological innovations from the brand.
Importantly though, the migration to PTA will mean better overall packaging, which should address any gripes about interior space. Along with all the technology, the new DiscoSport is expected to offer a more premium cabin experience, with the full gamut of ‘ethical textiles’ from Land Rover, as well as plusher plastics throughout. The highlight of the cabin will of course be Touch Pro Duo, the dual-screen infotainment system that’s a feature in every new JLR product.