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Updated 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport gets Ingenium engine and more

The updated 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport is now available with the Jaguar Land Rover 2.0L Ingenium diesel engine and new service plans.

THE UPDATED 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport has had its 2.2-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder diesel engine dropped from the range in place of the newer 2.0-litre turbo-diesel Ingenium engine. The Ingenium engine debuted in the Jaguar XE before finding its way into the Evoque and the Jaguar F-Pace.

The Ingenium engine is an impressive 24kg lighter than the engine it replaces and is Euro6 compliant. The new Discovery Sport is on-sale in October with prices starting from $56,355+ORC.

In its Td4 150 guise it makes 110kW of power and 380Nm of torque yet runs the same 10.3 second 0-100km/h time as the bigger TD4 version of the DW12-powered Discovery Sport while using less fuel, just 5.3 litres/100km for the Ingenium compared to 6.0 litres/100km for DW12.

Similarly, the more powerful Td4 180 variant, with 132kW and 430Nm, matches the SD4 DW12 on the 0-100km/h run (8.9 seconds) yet undercuts it on the official combined fuel consumption figure, 5.3L/100km compared to 6.1 for the DW12.

Service intervals for the new Ingenium diesel are improved against the outgoing DW12 powertrain from 26,000km/1 year to 34,000km/2 years. And, following Jaguar’s recent move to up-front payment of servicing, Land Rover is now offering new car buyers transferable fixed-price service plans. The service plans cover five years of ownership (or 100,000km). 17MY Discovery Sport service plans start at $1210 for diesel derivatives and $1460 for the petrol.

The updated Discovery Sport also now includes Tile tracking. The system relies on Tile tags (Bluetooth trackers) being attached to things like keys, kept inside wallets and bags which can then be found via your smartphone.

With your smartphone connected to the car and the app initiated via the central touchscreen, “customers are alerted if specified items are not inside the vehicle and are even able to get on-screen directions to their last known location”.

The updated Discovery Sport is also now available with the brand’s InControl Touch Pro infotainment and communications system, which is standard on the top-spec Td4 180 HSE. It now also adds Lane Keep Assist to it safety armoury which is designed, using the car’s forward-facing camera to find the lane markings and keep the car between them. If the system detects the vehicle drifting too far left or right in the lane, it gently counter-steers the car back towards the centre. And Land Rover has also added its Low Traction Launch system to the Discovery Sport for 2017.

Low Traction Launch is as a manually selectable mode that allows the driver to select the driving surface (snow, wet grass or loose gravel, for example) with the electronics then working to ensure the correct amount of torque is applied for a wheelspin-free take-off.


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Isaac Bober

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