Most importantly, it’s now available with the all-new Wolverhampton-built 2.0 Ingenium diesel engine, which offers greater efficiency and longer service intervals (increased from 16,000 to 21,000 miles) than the existing 188bhp PSA/Ford-derived SD4 unit. To start with, the new powerplant will only be available in the UK, Europe and South Korea, but other markets will get it in time too.
Both 148bhp and 177bhp tunes will be offered in the UK, but in a change to what was expected, all will be four-wheel drive. Land Rover has shelved plans for a sub-£30,000, 119g/km two-wheel drive eD4 variant of the Discovery Sport, saying: ‘We have developed a very efficient 4WD option for the Discovery Sport which sits below the vital 130g/km threshold in the UK. Our research suggests that demand for this more capable derivative will be greater than demand for a 2WD derivative.’
Land Rover will be hoping the Ingenium unit quells the ripples of discontent in the media about the Disco Sport’s ageing and relatively unrefined SD4 powerplant. It says the Ingenium’s major advances come from reduced levels of friction within the engine, and its lightweight construction, ‘with stiff cylinder blocks and decoupled injectors, which ensures low levels of vibration and noise intrusion, further enhancing the driver experience.
‘In addition, Selective Catalytic Reduction and a new low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation system significantly reduce both CO2 and NOx emissions.’
Until now, UK buyers have only been offered a seven-seat Discovery Sport, but the 148bhp variant also sees the five-seater layout offered in the UK for the first time. And there’s a £1700 reduction in the entry level SE price to £30,695 as a result.
The most frugal ‘E-Capability’ 148bhp six-speed manual, five-seater SE model claims 57.7mpg combined and 129g/km CO2. The 177bhp TD4 Disco Sport is available with six-speed manual or nine-speed auto transmissions, and claims 53.3mpg. That’s almost 10mpg better than the outgoing SD4 nine-speed auto. Fuel economy claims prove notoriously inaccurate when compared to real-world driving, but we’re hopeful this could get close to 50mpg on our Real World Test route. We’ll be disappointed if it doesn’t better 45mpg.
Finally, building on the existing HSE spec (which LRO took off-road at Eastnor for the Spring 2015 issue), an HSE Black Pack adds privacy glass and some cosmetic detailing that brings the cost to £41,250.
First deliveries of Ingenium-powered Discovery Sports will be made in September, but should the 10,000 buyers who ordered their Discovery Sports without test driving them have waited for the new model? Keep your eyes peeled for the definitive verdict in a future issue of Land Rover Owner International.
What’s changed? Ingenium Discovery Sport numbers at a glance
15 per cent
Improvement in claimed fuel efficiency of the most powerful Ingenium (177bhp TD4) over its predecessor (187bhp SD4).
£70 per year
Lowest tax band saving of most efficient TD4 compared to the outgoing SD4.
Outgoing 187bhp SD4: Band G, £180 pa
Ingenium 177bhp TD4: Band E, £130 pa
Ingenium 148bhp TD4: Band D, £110 pa
Claimed efficiency of the most frugal model in the line-up, the ‘E-Capability’ 148bhp six-speed manual, five-seater SE.
Reduction in starting price (from £32,395 to £30,695), thanks to new base spec ‘E-Capability’ five-seater SE, compared to previous entry-level seven-seater SD4 SE.
Service intervals of new Ingenium Discovery Sport, compared to 16,000 miles for the existing model. (Not bad considering the old Rover V8s should ideally have an oil change every 3000-5000 miles…)