We already spotted a prototype of the new Discovery SUV, but now we spotted its performance-based version, which will come as the 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport. The compact crossover SUV is getting some exterior changes that will be quite obvious in the front end. However, the best part of the off-road high-riding vehicle is hidden under the hood, and as we have heard, it will have one mighty engine.
2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport: Design Changes
The performance Discovery Sport model will sport really aggressive front-end design. The British car manufacturer added bigger intakes, which are positioned on the redesigned bumper. The prototype features a little bit changed grille, while the headlights seem unchanged at this point. However, we think that the carmaker might equip the production version with new lightening. Around back, the prototype has nothing new, yet we expect a revised bumper, and definitely different set of exhausts to match this high-performance model.
2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport Will Get Powerful Engine
Speaking of the performance, the 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport will likely get a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder unit. Still, if you think it’s the old 240 horsepower strong unit, you are wrong because the new crossover SUV certainly packs something really powerful. The company will add Land Rover’s new Ingenium 4-cylinder engine, which is speculated to deliver at least 300 horses. The mighty unit will be mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. The European model will also get a diesel option, but we have no further details about this matter.
Unlike the previous performance Land Rovers that was labeled with “SVR”, this new model will be named the 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport R. The new model is still in early testing phase, so we don’t expect to see it before late 2017. In any case, the performance (R or SVR) model will hit the European markets first (probably next year), so we will found out more details.