Land Rover is quite busy these days. The British automaker applied for Road Rover name trademark a few days ago. The nameplate will likely be paired with an all-new, large and luxury EV which is going to become available before 2020. Still, this is not everything they work on at the moment. No, the manufacturer is preparing a mid-cycle update for the 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport as well. The SUV has been spied testing a few hours ago and these are our first impressions:
First of all, the testing vehicle is caught somewhere in the snow, which is quite unusual for this part of the year. Meaning, the SUV was either checking out its abilities somewhere near the North Pole or someone spied it earlier, but it didn’t want to release these photos earlier for some reason.
Anyway, the prototype hides its front end only, which is a clear sign that we are looking at the refreshed model. The most evident changes in the front are enlarged air intakes. More precisely, the existing ones are enlarged and new are added. Why does SUV need all that air? Well, we have no clue at this point, but it’s always better to have more than less, right? Judging by the spy shots, Land Rover has no intention to mess with the grille a lot, so the updated 2020 Discovery Sport will likely keep it unchanged. The headlights will, on the other hand, be slightly updated. The rear end is unchanged for the moment, but we are pretty sure that the automaker has something new in mind over there. The back of the SUV will at least get a pair of new taillights and an updated rear bumper.
We have no clue what’s happening inside of the facelifted 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport. However, according to Autocar report, the cabin will definitely suffer a more extensive update, which includes better quality materials and a new infotainment with multiple screens that will mirror the Velar’s system.
The most important change, however, is an updated platform which is going to be significantly stiffer and will reduce wind noise by around 10%. It will also offer more space for electrified powertrains, so the 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport could be coupled with one of the kind as well. More precisely, the SUV will get a plug-in hybrid that combines an electric motor with a 1.5-liter inline-3. As for the rest of the powertrain lineup, well, the options will, more or less, stay untouched.
The updated 2020 Discovery Sport will be introduced in early 2019 and will hit the dealerships later that year.