For the first time in the model’s history, there'll be a plug-in hybrid option.
The Land Rover Discovery Sport is getting a much-needed facelift for the 2020 model year since the model has been left largely unchanged since 2014. While the updated SUV hasn’t been officially revealed yet, our spies have spotted a prototype battling the snow. We last saw a prototype undergoing warm weather testing back in the summer, and this one is sporting some very similar camouflage.
The Discovery Sport is Land Rover’s best-selling model, so don’t expect the exterior updates to be too radical for the refreshed version. We’re expecting the 2020 model to get a fresh face featuring a new grille, front bumper, and headlights. The rear should also get redesigned taillights.
While the cosmetic changes will be minor, more significant changes will be found under the skin. For the first time in the model’s history, the 2020 Discovery Sport will be available as a plug-in hybrid as part of Jaguar’s plans to introduce an electrified variant of every model by 2020.
In the US, the Discovery Sport is offered with a 240-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission, so expect this option to also carry over.
The 2020 Discovery Sport will also ride on a heavily updated version of Land Rover’s D8 platform that will offer a better ride comfort, more cargo space and room for lithium ion batteries for the new hybrid models. We’re also expecting the interior to be updated with a new dual-screen layout lifted from recent Land Rover models like the Range Rover Velar.
The updated Disco Sport is expected to go on sale later this year as a 2020 model so expect it to debut in the spring. It won’t be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in March, however, as Land Rover has confirmed it won’t be attending this year’s show.