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Car and Driver: New Options, New Pricing for 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport


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The littlest Land Rover emerges for 2017 with new paint and fancier electronics, its first significant upgrade since launching as a late 2015 model.



A 2017 Discovery Sport SE starts at $38,690, or $240 more than for 2016. For that extra outlay, buyers get a new windshield that reflects infrared rays, a cabin air-quality sensor, and Land Rover’s All Terrain Progress Control, a low-speed cruise control (combining hill descent control) meant for off-road use. As before, standard equipment includes partial-leather eight-way power front seats, push-button start, ambient lighting, 18-inch alloy wheels, rain-sensing wipers, power-folding heated mirrors, a backup camera, rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth, a 10-speaker 190-watt stereo, and an eight-inch touchscreen. A 240-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a nine-speed automatic is the only powertrain combo, with all-wheel drive, of course.


The HSE ($43,190, also up $240 from 2016) adds front parking sensors and a power liftgate with a foot-operated gesture control as standard. In addition to minor body trim differences versus the SE, the HSE brings 10-way power front seats with memory and full leather, an enormous panoramic sunroof, fog lamps, xenon headlights with LED DRLs, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Homelink garage door opener, and keyless entry.


HSE Lux models ($47,590, up $640 from 2016) are carryover save for a new diamond-turned finish on the 19-inch wheels and an 11-speaker 380-watt Meridian stereo that replaces the previous 250-watt unit. Navigation, SiriusXM, HD radio, illuminated aluminum sill plates, nicer floor mats, several ambient lighting colors, and softer “Windsor” leather come standard.




Those are all minor changes, but boy, has the options list grown. There are four new colors (silver, black, gray, tan; all $1295). The base SE can also be ordered with several new standalone options, such as a head-up display ($1000) and auto high beams ($250).


The HSE and HSE Lux trim levels offer lots of expensive chips and sensors. Jaguar Land Rover’s ultra-wide 10.2-inch infotainment system, called InControl Touch Pro, is now available to replace the 8.0-inch display. It’s part of a $3000 Entertainment Pack, which also bumps the Meridian stereo to 17 speakers and 825 watts. A new InControl app called Tile will track various physical objects you’ve pasted with Bluetooth tags, so that you won’t forget your wallet or child before you drive off. Similar technology using radio frequency identification (RFID) has been available in the commercial sector for years (and offered by Ford, among others) to track tools and other cargo.




Lane-keeping assist, which can apply steering torque to keep the vehicle in between visual lane markings, is new and bundled with a driver-attention monitor (similar to that in Mercedes, Lexus, and Nissan vehicles, it sounds chimes and flashes alerts if it thinks you’re too tired to drive) for $375. A separate Driver Assist Plus Package includes automatic emergency braking, forward collision alert, lane-departure warning, and traffic sign recognition ($1100 on HSE, $400 on HSE Lux). A new feature called Intelligent Speed Limiter, which builds off the Automatic Speed Limiter the company has offered for years, works with traffic sign recognition and restricts the Disco to whatever the sign said. That sounds dreadful.




An Intelligent Dynamics Pack ($1700) borrowed from the Range Rover Evoque includes adaptive magnetic dampers and sport-tuned steering and throttle response when the terrain switch is set to Dynamic Mode. This pairs well with the Dynamic Design Package, which blacks out roughly a dozen exterior trim pieces beyond the existing Black Design Package (that’s the vehicle in all these photos; read more here). With certain paint colors, the Dynamic Disco also includes red-colored trim on the dash and contrasting stitching on the seats and shift knob. It’s $5000 on the HSE and $3800 on the HSE Lux.


The first 2017 models go on sale this August.


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