Land Rover Gives Discovery Sport New Ingenium Diesel Power
With all the new models and technologies that Jaguar Land Rover has been rolling out of late, it would be hard to pinpoint exactly which are the most crucial for the British automaker’s future success. But surely the new Discovery Sport and Ingenium engine family rank high among them, and now they’re coming together in the same package.
JLR has just announced that the new Ingenium diesel engines will be offered in the Discovery Sport – in some markets, anyway. The seven-seat off-roader will be offered with the 2.0-liter diesel four, mated to either a manual or automatic transmission, and in two states of tune: one with 148 horsepower and the other with 177. With the more powerful of the two, the Discovery Sport will be able to reach 62 miles per hour in 8.9 seconds and top out at 117 mph, while the most economical version is claimed to return 57.7 miles per gallon (on the European cycle, at any rate).
To make it as frugal as possible (and in order to achieve those economy figures) the Discovery Sport can be specified in E-Capability spec, with either version of the engine calibrated (along with the final drive gearing) for low emissions, a five-seat cabin (instead of seven) and 18-inch wheels fitted with low rolling resistance tires. There’ll be an even more economical front-drive version offered in the future.
Unfortunately for those hoping for a frugal but capable off-roader, the Discovery Sport with the new Ingenium engines is only being offered in Europe and South Korea for the time being, but we can at least hold out hope that Land Rover will bring some version to North America in the future. In the meantime, you can check out the pair of videos (below) and the fresh batch of images (above) released with the announcement (at bottom).