Land Rover is working on a mid-cycle update for its Discovery Sport, the current generation of which was introduced for 2016, and a prototype has just been spotted.
However, this won't be your typical facelift-style update as there will be substantial changes made to the small SUV's underpinnings, exterior and cabin. It's part of Land Rover's plan to offer electrified power in all models by 2020.
Land Rover has developing an updated version of the current Discovery Sport's D8 platform (also referred to as LR-MS). The updated platform, which offers more space and capacity for electrified powertrains, debuted in the redesigned 2020 Range Rover Evoque.
At launch, the updated Discovery Sport will offer a 246-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 mated to a 9-speed automatic. An available mild-hybrid powertrain using the same 2.0-liter mill will offer 296 hp. The same powertrains feature in the redesigned Evoque. Eventually, a plug-in hybrid option will join the fold.
2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
For the exterior, it appears the designers have adopted a more streamlined look. The front and rear fascias along with the headlights all wear new designs as well.
The interior is also expected to receive a major refresh to keep up with popular newcomers like the latest Volvo XC60 and BMW X3. We'll probably see Land Rover introduce its latest infotainment system featuring multiple screens, which first appeared in the Range Rover Velar and also features in the redesigned Evoque.
Look for a debut of the updated Discovery Sport in early 2019. It should be on sale later this year as a 2020 model.
Stay tuned for updates as development continues.