2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport Review
The 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport will come with an extended engine range. The new 2.0-liter Ingenium diesel unit will be available from September 2015. This four-cylinder will be offered in 150 and 180 horsepower variants. The 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport is actually the successor to the LR2 model, also known as the Land Rover Freelander SUV. However, the 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport came as a considerably larger vehicle with 5+2 seating configuration.
2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport Features and Price
Thanks to its larger dimensions, the Discovery Sport offers an exceptionally comfortable and spacious cabin. Compared to its predecessor, the model is 3.7-inches longer, while its wheelbase has been extended as well. Its new size allowed Land Rover’s designers to introduce the third row of seats. It’s interesting to note that the second row is positioned 2.2-inches higher than the first row.
The 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport offers an impressive list of standard equipment including the most advanced driver assist systems. This model features a refined mix of performance, safety and fuel efficiency. Some of the standard amenities include Park Assist System, Terrain Response System, Hill Descent Control, Autonomous Emergency Braking System, etc. The 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport is also available with two-zone climate control, head-up display and the new infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen. Buyers are able to choose from nine different exterior colors including Fuji White, Yulong White, Indus Silver, Kaikoura Stone, Scotia Grey, Corris Grey, Firenze Red, Loire Blue and Santorini Black.
The entry-level model on the UK market costs £32,395.
2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport Engine
As mentioned above, the 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport will gain the new diesel engine in September 2015. The four-cylinder 2.0-liter Ingenium unit will produce either 150 hp or 180 hp. The 150 hp version will be paired with a 6-speed manual transmission. It will also be offered with 18-inch alloy wheels and new tires. The model with this engine will be the only Discovery Sport available with a five-seat layout. All of the other models will feature the 5+2 configuration only. The more powerful version of the 2.0-liter diesel (180 hp) will be coupled with a nine-speed automatic gearbox.
Besides the new diesel powerplant, the 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport will be offered with a 2.0-liter Si4 gasoline unit generating 240 hp and 339 Nm of torque, while the 2.2-liter turbo-diesel should make 190 hp. There will be both FWD and AWD options available.
Within the mid-size crossover SUV segment, the 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport will compete with the BMW X3 and Audi Q5 models. Based on the first impressions of both customers and critics, the LR2 (Freelander) has gained a worthy successor.