With a reputation built on a platform that upholds more passenger and cargo space, an available third-row seating, comfortable passenger cabin, above-average capabilities, comfort, utility, and style, the new 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport is the midsize luxury SUV that will undoubtedly offer you a go-anywhere gusto without jeopardizing on luxury and comfort amenities. Its release should be expected in mid-2018.
For the past two decades and counting, a majority of automakers have spent a great deal of time trying to migrate from the truck-based SUVs to car-based crossovers. This was occasioned by the latter’s mechanical underpinnings that result in superior fuel economy ratings and interior room at the expense of off-road capability.
It is hard for a brand like Land Rover that has built its SUVs entirely on the truck-based platform to alter its mechanical tidbits to cater for the more modern car-based one. They just aren’t ready for such a revolution yet, but there are indications to suggest the thorough overhaul is forthcoming sooner or later.
Therefore it shouldn’t be a surprise when the Sport model was introduced by Land Rover. It still retains the jungle-bashing ability the automaker is well known for. The new 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport offers a smooth and simple yet elegant exterior and interior. It’s bigger and better than most of its rivals but smaller than a true midsize SUV. Interior space is also copious even for the backseat.
The only disappointment that seems to haunt the 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport is the four-cylinder turbocharged engine. As such, as a buyer you might want to check what its competition offers before making an ultimate decision. Rivals include the 2018 Acura RDX, the 2018 BMW X3, the 2018 Audi Q5, and the 2018 Volvo XC60. Despite the upscale interior furnishings and top performance specs these rivals claim to offer, when it comes to go-anywhere zest, rest assured the 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport is the vehicle to beat.
Offered Trims – Land Rover Discovery Sport
For 2018, the Land Rover Discovery Sport is offered in three trims: HSE, HSE Lux, and the base SE trim.
Interior Review & 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport Exterior Changes
The base SE offers a rear privacy glass, an eight-way power front seats, automatic headlights, push-button keyless ignition, partial leather upholstery, power-folding and heated exterior mirrors, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a rear foglight, rear parking sensors, 18-inch wheels, a touchscreen interface, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, adaptive cruise control, automatic dual-zone climate control, a 60/40-split second-row seats, a rearview camera, automatic wipers, a 10-speaker audio system, media/iPod player interface, four USB ports, push-button keyless ignition, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Options available for the base model includes a navigation system, a power liftgate, LED running lights, a gloss black roof, HD radio, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated front and rear seats, and xenon headlights.
The HSE trim steps up the offerings with a full leather upholstery, 18/19-inch wheels, autonomous braking, a panoramic sunroof, an upgraded trim, automatic high beams, Wi-Fi pre-wiring, adaptive xenon headlights, a lane-departure warning system, an upgraded stereo, and driver memory settings.
At the pinnacle of the trim ladder is the HSE Lux trim model that further adds a configurable mood lighting, a navigation system, an app suite, an upgraded leather upholstery, 19-inch wheels, and a unique exterior trim.
2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport Engine Specs
Under the hood is a four-cylinder turbocharged 2.0L engine. The engine is hooked to a nine-speed automatic transmission system that transfers the power – 240 hp and 250 lbs. ft. of torque to all the four wheels.
A time of 7.7 seconds is required to get the 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport past 60 mph. As pertaining the fuel economy estimates, expect 26/20/22 mpg on the highway/city/combined. When properly equipped, expect the SUV to tow a maximum capacity of 4,409 pounds.
Four settings are available: General, Snow/Gravel/Grass, Ruts/Mud, and Sand with the available driver adjustable Terrain Response system. These settings optimize performance regardless of the prevailing terrain through altering the center differential engagement, steering response, stability/braking control systems, an accelerator.
2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport Release Date & Price
The new 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport will probably hit showrooms mid-2018, according to credible reports. As for the price, expect the Discovery Sport SUV to go for sale for a base MSRP of $37,455.