Land Rover’s midsized Discovery Sport has come in for its first major update already, with the addition of a new 2.0 litre ‘Ingenium’ diesel engine.
This update is no surprise, however, with Land Rover confirming at the new model’s unveiling in September that an advanced new diesel would join the range in 2015.
The new 2.0 litre turbodiesel, which also stars in the upcoming Jaguar XE sedan, will replace the 2.2 litre unit currently on offer with the Discovery Sport.
As with the 2.2 mill, the new 2.0 litre diesel will be offered in two states of tune, depending on its position in the line-up.
In its entry form, the new engine will offer 110kW, while the top tune will deliver 132kW. Torque figures have not been made official, but the same engine offers 380Nm and 430Nm, respectively, in the XE.
By comparison, the 2.2 diesel available for order in Australia right now can be had in 110kW/400Nm and 140kW/420Nm form.
The aluminium EU6-compliant Ingenium engine will list fuel consumption as low as 4.9 l/100km (the only figure specified for now) on the Euro test cycle, compared with the 2.2 TD4 model’s 6.1 l/100km.
In its top SD4 form, the new 2.0 engine promises a 0-100km/h time of 8.9 seconds - bettering the current five-seat SD4’s 10.3 seconds.
Special ‘E-Capability’ versions will also be offered, available with both engine tunes and equipped with a five-seat layout, 18-inch wheels and low rolling-resistance tyres. Final drive gearing and engine calibrations are also optimised for ultra-low CO2 emissions, although specific figures have not been revealed at this stage.
An even more efficient model, known as the ED4, will debut later in the year with a front-wheel-drive layout.
Models with the new Ingenium diesel will be available to order in Europe from May.
Speaking with TMR today, Jaguar Land Rover Australia’s James Scrimshaw said local buyers can expect a late 2016 arrival for the new Ingenium-powered models.
“The UK and European markets will get it first as we ramp up supply at our Wolverhampton engine plant. We expect to see Ingenium engines in Discovery Sport towards the end of 2016,” Mr Scrimshaw said.
The ED4, however, appears less likely for an Australian berth, with Mr Scrimshaw confirming that there are currently no plans to offer that model here.
Diesel models have proven the most popular option in the new range for Australian buyers, Mr Scrimshaw said, and around 50 percent of buyers have also leaned toward the 5+2 seating configuration.