Land Rover’s aging 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine in the Discovery Sport has been replaced with the new Ingenium turbo diesel engine.
The new all-aluminium, four-cylinder engine will find its way under the bonnet of all 2017 model year Land Rover Discovery Sports.
Already seeing service in the Range Rover Evoque, the Ingenium engine is 24 kg lighter than the outgoing 2.2-litre DW12 engine. It features a double overhead camshaft cylinder head design, variable camshaft timing on the exhaust side of the head and twin balance shafts for overall refinement.
Jaguar Land Rover engineers are said to have explored every avenue in their quest to maximise performance and efficiency from this engine. For example, roller bearings replace machined bearing surfaces on the camshafts and balancer shafts and the engine management computer helps save engine energy by varying the amount of lubricant delivered by the oil pumps to meet demand.
Similarly, the water pumps are computer-controlled and adjust coolant flow through the engine depending on temperature, vehicle speed and driving conditions.
It also has optimised combustion chamber design and employs the latest methods of friction reduction, thermal management and emissions control to maximise performance, thriftiness and eco-cleanliness.
In its Td4 150 guise the engine produces 110kW and 380Nm. While 40Nm down on the old engine, its 0-100km/h performance of 10.3 second is unchanged and it uses less fuel, recording 5.3L/100km compared to 6.0L/100km for the larger displacement DW12.
Similarly, the more powerful Td4 180 variant, with 132kW and 430Nm, is 10Nm more powerful and matches the SD4 DW12 on the 0-100km/h dash at 8.9 seconds but undercutting it on the official average fuel consumption figure, sipping a thrifty 5.3L/100km compared to 6.1 for the DW12.
Helping the engine achieve those numbers is the latest-generation fuel-injection system and a turbocharger using the latest in turbine design.
Fuel is delivered to the combustion chambers in carefully measured amounts by a high-pressure, common rail, direct fuel-injection system and the engine is boosted by a turbocharger using variable nozzle turbine technology. A watercooled intercooler replaces the less-efficient air-to-air intercooler.
The Ingenium engine is matched to a nine-speed automatic transmission and fitted with steering column-mounted paddle shifters.
Service intervals for the new Ingenium diesel are improved against the outgoing DW12 powertrain from 26,000km/1 year to 34,000km/2 years, significantly improving the Cost of Ownership.
Along with the new diesel engine, Land Rover is also launching a new tracking app with the Discovery Sport. The world-first integration of Tile’s advanced tracking app in an SUV means forgotten wallets and missing bags will be a thing of the past.
The app uses Tile tags, tiny Bluetooth trackers that can be attached to important items and used to track their whereabouts using smartphone technology. Once the app is initiated using the central touchscreen, occupants are alerted if specified items are not inside the vehicle and are even able to get on-screen directions to their last known location.
The technology allows customers to establish a list of ‘Essentials’ using the vehicle touchscreen, which are always checked when the app is initiated. If items are lost inside the vehicle, customers are able to sound a 90-decibel alarm on the Tile tag, to help locate them.
The Tile smartphone app is compatible with both Android and Apple platforms and the number of items that can be tracked is limitless.
Land Rover’s new InControl Touch Pro infotainment system is also making its debut in the Td4 180 HSE Luxury model alongside the latest Meridian digital surround-sound system.
The new infotainment system features a higher resolution touch screen with onboard regional maps, predictive navigation and dead reckoning.
InControl Touch Pro is available on the SE and HSE derivatives as part of the optional Entertainment Pack and this includes a television receiver and digital audio broadcast (DAB) radio, while the optional Rear Seat Entertainment pack adds a dual-view touch screen monitor and rear seat entertainment system.
The Meridian system boasts 16 speakers including a sub-woofer and has 825-watts of power output, the highest level of any infotainment system available for the 17MY range.
The success of the Black Pack option in previous model years has spawned the creation of another new exterior pack – the Graphite Pack, and a new look with Dark Atlas for the radiator grille, side vents and bonnet script, Narvik Black exterior mirror covers and a contrasting roof in Corris Grey.
There is also a Black Pack LE available on HSE and HSE Luxury models.
The Black LE pack will be offered in Silicon Silver, Yulong White and Carpathian Grey body colours and brings with it the Dynamic style radiator grille and fender vents, a black-finished pedestrian airbag cover, lower front and rear valances finished in Dark Techno Silver, a contrasting roof colour, Aluminium Dark Grey vertical IP finishers, privacy glass, ebony headlining, special ‘SPORT’ badging and optional 19 and 20-inch alloy wheels with gloss black finish.