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Under the skin the new Discovery Sport is a true Land Rover.


Land Rover South Africa is on a bit of a roll lately. They recently set a land speed record with their supercharged Range Rover Sport making it the fastest SUV in the country, until someone else tries to break the record. We here at Autodealer are also very impressed with the diesel version of the Range Rover Sport. However, this is not about any of those cars. We have news on the all-new Land Rover Discovery Sport. Is it still a true Land Rover? We have some details to answer that question.

According to Land Rover South Africa, the newest member of the Discovery family, the Discovery Sport, is every bit the Land Rover that buyers have come to expect, but also offers excellent road manners and refinement. The new Discovery Sport will feature more accurate electronic power-assisted steering (EPAS) as well as a first-in-class integral multi-link rear suspension. Land Rovers says that drivers will feel more connected to the road than ever before, without compromising on noise and comfort levels.

Now all of this is good when you are on a nice smooth road but what about off-road? Well, Land Rover claims that the Discovery Sport is capable of scaling steep gradients of up to 45 degrees, and has class-leading breakover, departure, and approach angles. It is also equipped with the latest generation of Terrain Response which allows drivers to customise settings for various driving conditions.

Other off-road technologies include Hill Descent Control (HDC), for safely descending down-hill at a controlled speed. Select Discovery Sport models will also be available with Land Rover’s All-Terrain Progress Control (ATPC). This intelligent cruise-control mode for off-roading allows drivers to concentrate on steering input by letting them set a crawl speed of between 1.6- to 30km/h. The all-wheel drive and electronics systems maintain the set speed and optimise traction, letting even novice drivers feel confident in all conditions.

We look forward to testing Land Rovers claims about the Discovery Sport. Follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page for more details on this and many more cars.

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