It might not share a model name, but in effect the Land Rover Discovery Sport can trace its lineage back to the Land Rover Freelander. However the Land Rover Discovery Sport, launched in 2015 and comprehensively updated in 2019, comes with seven seats and a sleek exterior design that blends the high-fashion of the Range Rover Evoque with the utilitarian go-anywhere looks of the larger Land Rover Discovery.
It doesn’t replace the larger Discovery though, intended to be Land Rover’s entry-level model until the Defender goes on sale in 2020. Initially there was just the one engine, the 2.2-litre ex-Ford diesel that had seen service in the Freelander, but later in 2015 Jaguar Land Rover’s (JLR) Ingenium 2.0-litre diesel engine joined the range.
For the 2019 facelift, the engine range was expanded to include diesel 2.0-litre models in 150, 180 and 240hp forms, and 200 and 250hp petrols. All barring the cheapest front-wheel drive diesels run a 48-volt mild hybrid system - and later in 2019, a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version will add the range.