On sale for four years already, the Land Rover Discovery Sport is in need of a makeover if it wants to remain the brand’s best-selling model moving forward.
Obviously, Land Rover knows that better than anyone, which is why it has already started testing the facelifted Disco Sport. This is the first time the SUV has been spotted wearing its final production body, and not even the camouflage foil can hide the fact that the vehicle is in for a major update.
First of all, the front end appears more upright than the current model’s and features new headlights, possibly inspired by the Range Rover Velar. The grille and bumper also seem to undergo changes, despite the automaker’s efforts to conceal them with the hypnotic camo pattern.
There’s a similar story with the tail end as well, as refreshed taillights and a reshaped bumper are on the menu. Also, judging from the size of the rear diffuser and the generous front side intakes, this particular prototype probably wears the Dynamic Design Package.
When the facelifted Discovery Sport arrives next year as a 2020 model, it is likely to also feature quality and design updates for the interior. The cabin will be more refined as well, thanks to a reduction in wind noise made possible by aero tweaks. Meanwhile, ride quality and cargo volume are expected to improve too.
That’s because the Discovery Sport will use an updated platform called the Premium Transverse Architecture (PTA) that the all-new Evoque will also get. Compared to the current D8 architecture, the new one is said to be significantly stiffer. According to Autocar, PTA will also ensure 40-percent better throttle response thanks to developments to the engines and transmissions.
Furthermore, the new platform is more versatile and allows for hybridization, which is essential in an era where diesel engines have fallen from grace. Rumor has it the range-topping PHEV version will pair a new three-cylinder Ingenium engine with an electric motor. Also to be expected are mild hybrid powertrains.