The new 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport offers utility, comfort, and style combined with an inherent ability to handle muddy and snowy terrains. If you are looking for a medium size luxury SUV. The one that offers an available third-row seating, more passenger and cargo space, a comfortable passenger cabin, sort of ATV, and an advanced technology galore, the Land Rover is worth a look. Read on for up-to-date news, price and release date details, and engine specifications.
It has taken automakers more than two decades to move their SUVs from truck-based platforms to car-based ones that offer exemplary features such as excellent fuel consumption ratings, and amazing interior space. But these important add-ons come at the expense of off-road capability which, according to the proponents of the change, is rarely used.
Is The Discovery Sport Necessary?
The go-anywhere image and its reputation as a jungle-bashing SUV have partially suffered a blow, and the introduction of the smaller Discovery Sport doesn’t come as a surprise. There are many things to like on the Sport such as the clever Terrain Response system which is particularly useful when it comes to clawing hills and traversing slippery snow or mucky mud.
There Are Cons too…
The styling of the “Sport” is simple and smooth inside and out. While we may like this handsome SUV from Land Rover, there are, however, areas that we feel should have been handled better. For example the mediocre acceleration, a cramped third-row bench, and a disappointing transmission system.
As such it will be imperative to check what its competition offers. Its rivals include the 2017 Volvo XC60, the 2017 Acura RDX, the BMW 3, and the 2017 Audi Q5. These vehicles offer some of the best technologies and creature comforts. However, the 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport is still a top contender and you’ll find it an appealing choice.
Trims Available For Land Rover Discovery Sport
The five-passenger 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport is offered in three main trims: SE, HSE, and HSE Plus. The third-row bench is optional.
The base SE’s list of standard features includes partial leather upholstery, automatic headlights, a rearview camera, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 18-inch wheels, a 10-speaker sound system, four USB ports, push-button keyless ignition, rear parking sensors, automatic headlights, privacy glass, a 60/40-split second row seats, heated power-folding exterior mirrors, a touchscreen interface, a rear foglights, an auxiliary audio jack, automatic climate control (four-zone), Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, keyless entry and ignition, and cruise control.
Options available for the above trim includes an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated front and rear seats, satellite and HD radio, a power liftgate, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, gloss black roof, 18-inch wheels, and LED running lights.
The HSE further adds an upgraded trim, a 10-way power front seats, a lane departure warning system, a panoramic sunroof, a navigation system, automatic high beams, adaptive xenon headlights, an autonomous emergency braking, driver memory settings, full leather upholstery, traffic sign recognition, and full power accessories.
Opting for the luxury-themed Sports HSE Lux gets you an 11-speaker audio system, configurable mood setting, satellite and HD radio, a navigation system, upgraded leather upholstery, an app suite, and unique exterior trim.
2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport Engine Specifications
Beneath the hood of the 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport is a single engine rated at 240 hp and 250 lbs. ft. of torque. The engine – 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder is hooked to a nine-speed auto transmission system that sends power to all the wheels.
A time of 7.7 seconds is what you require in order to get the 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport to 60 mph. this is a slower time compared to the available competition but this should be forthcoming considering its massive weight.
Provisional estimates put its fuel consumption ratings at 26/20/22 mpg on the highway/city/combined. The maximum the Sport can tow is 4,409 pounds.
Four settings are available: General, Gravel/Grass/Snow, Ruts/Mud, and Sand which are included in the Discovery Sport’s powertrain. These settings adapt the steering response, braking/stability control, gear selection, steering response, and acceleration to optimize performance in any prevailing road conditions.
Price & 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport Release Date
Its release date should be expected in June 2017 according to various online sources such as Edmunds. The sticker price, on the other hand, is estimated to cost you an MSRP of $37,455 once the 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport goes for sale.