Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has planned to go the Hybrid way for the Discovery SUV. Recently, the camouflaged prototype was sighted testing. The first test mules were spotted in the United Kingdom. The latest spy shots have been taken in Scandinavia. The changes suggest that there will be a facelift too for this car.
Going by the images, the 2020 JLR Discovery Sport looks production ready. While the camouflage has perfectly hidden the changes that have been given to the facelift, we assume that the design updates will be delicate in nature. The 2020 version is likely to be a facelift which will be followed by a generational change in 2022. The engine options are likely to remain unchanged whereas the feature list will receive additional gadgets.
A plug-in hybrid version powered by lithium-ion batteries settled under the central floor section might be on offer which could help the marque meet the stringent CAFE efficiency norms (Corporate average fuel economy). For JLR, introducing a plugin hybrid vehicle is actually a sign of going all-electric in the future. After Volvo, Jaguar Landrover is the latest carmaker which plans to go all-electric.
Meanwhile, the turbocharged four-cylinder engine will become more efficient and will be offered with a revised transmission to reduce fuel consumption. The changes to the interior and exterior remain well concealed but we expect it to be a departure from the previous generation of the Range Rovers.
The front profile gets a sleeker headlight, like the Velar while the front fascia is expected to get a styling revision too. The side profile remains largely similar to the present offering, except for the new alloy wheel design. The ride height looks unchanged, from the images. Also, the rear profile is expected to get a design update with new tail-lights and a tweaked bumper. Land Rover might stick to the current dimensions for the 2020 offering as well.
Another possibility is a whole lot of improvement in interior fit-finish and design, like its rival, much sophisticated Volvo XC60 is gaining popularity. We could expect the interior to be much classier and be heavily influenced by the bigger products of the brand. The 2020 Land Rover Discovery might get an additional feature in the form of the dual screen infotainment setup which will have a 10-inch touch-enabled screen infotainment system with standard Car Play connectivity. The second screen is placed on the dash will have controls to operate the drive modes, heated/ventilated seats, and automatic climate control.
The Discovery Sport PHEV will add to a growing stable of electrified Jaguar Land Rover models, which already includes the Range Rover & Range Rover Sport and all-electric Jaguar I-Pace. The I-Pace will have a range of 310 miles (500km), putting it on a par with competition from US-based Tesla but ahead of cheaper options such as the new Nissan Leaf.