The Land Rover Discovery Sport has been given a major technology boost.
The 2021 Discovery Sport will feature the same Pivi infotainment system as the Defender. It’s designed to start up faster – before the driver is nestled in their seat, to be precise – and respond more smoothly to inputs on the move.
It actually has its own battery, allowing it to boot up faster when the car isn’t turned on, and supports over-the-air updates through an embedded data connection.
Along with a new interface, Pivi Pro is smart enough to remember your frequent routes for intelligent navigation suggestions, and is designed to put frequently-used contacts in plain sight when the driver typically calls them.
Satellite navigation is standard, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring. Two phones can be connected at once: one for phone calls, and another for media.
Under the bonnet is a set of new diesel engines with more power than before, promising better fuel economy thanks to the addition of a 48V mild-hybrid system.
The base engine in the Discovery Sport is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol dubbed P200, with 147kW of power and 320Nm of torque.
Moving to the new D165 gets you a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel with 120kW of power and 380Nm of torque, along with a 48V mild-hybrid system designed to improve fuel economy.
The new D200 is also four-cylinder turbo-diesel with 48V mild-hybrid backing, but has 150kW of power and 430Nm of torque.
The range-topping petrol engine remains the P250, with 184kW of power and 365Nm of torque.
A nine-speed automatic transmission remains the only option, and all-wheel drive is standard across the range.
Along with the new infotainment system, the Discovery Sport will be available with a new cabin air filtration system, and a revised Activity Key wristband, which allows owners to leave their keys at home and access their cars using a waterproof wristband.
The Discovery Sport has also seen its range simplified for 2021, cut down to just five variants. Full specification information isn’t yet available, however we will publish a full pricing and specs story when it is.
- Discovery Sport R-Dynamic S P200: $65,700
- Discovery Sport R-Dynamic S D165: $68,000
- Discovery Sport R-Dynamic SE P250: $74,076
- Discovery Sport R-Dynamic SE D200: $75,610
- Discovery Sport R-Dynamic HSE P250: $78,432
All prices exclude on-road costs.