Land Rover’s compact crossover has been around for almost a decade. It was originally introduced in 2014, but we saw a major makeover in 2019. That’s why many reports speculate about the next generation, which should arrive in the near future. We expect that the new generation will arrive with the 2025 model year and that redesign should bring a lot of significant changes, including a completely new platform, new powertrain options that include all-electric setups and more. On the other hand, the 2024 Land Rover Discovery Sport should be a typical carryover model, with minor updates and changes.
Therefore, you may count on familiar qualities and features. This SUV has a lot of things to offer, starting from very good off-road performances, a spacious cargo area and intuitive infotainment controls. On the other hand, the model’s age is a clear indicator that there are also some weak points, such as an underwhelming powertrain, uninspiring handling etc.
As no bigger changes are expected, we presume that the 2024 Land Rover Discovery Sport will arrive sometime late in 2023.
2024 Land Rover Discovery Sport Design
Considering that no bigger changes are expected, the overall design will certainly remain the same. The current generation rides on a good-old PTA platform and that means that, unlike bigger siblings, this SUV features a more economical layout, with a transversally-mounted engine. However, all-wheel drive is standard, so we can’t talk about the downsides that are typical for this layout. On the other hand, we can definitely talk about the soft suspension setup and high center of gravity. For that reason, there is a lot of body lean in corners. Furthermore, the steering isn’t particularly precise, so the overall driving experience isn’t great.
On the other hand, the Discovery Sport is probably the most off-road-capable compact luxury SUV. All models come standard with four-wheel drive, as well as with goodies like hill descent control, All Terrain Progress Control and Terrain Response 2 system, which includes various drive modes like Rock Crawl, General Driving, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud and Ruts, and Sand.
The interior should also carry on in the same way. This SUV features a nicely designed cabin, with an attractive dashboard design and nice materials. The cabin is also quite spacious for the segment, with a surprisingly large cargo area. In numbers, you may count on 26.6 cubic feet of space behind the second-row seats and 63.3 cubic feet in total. The Discovery Sport accommodates five passengers, but there is also an optional third row.
The cabin is also equipped very well. All models come standard with goodies like a 10-inch touch screen, a six-speaker stereo, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, HD Radio, satellite radio, USB ports, Bluetooth, wireless device charging, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Also, there are available upgrades like a 12- or 14-speaker Meridian audio system, a Wi-Fi hotspot, Land Rover’s Activity Key etc.
2024 Land Rover Discovery Sport Engines
Under the hood, the 2024 Land Rover Discovery Sport will continue with the same 2.0-liter turbo-four, which features a max output of 246 horsepower. The engine comes coupled with a 9-speed automatic transmission that generally works well but can hesitate to shift in some situations. The engine offers a lot of power but also comes with a noticeable turbo lag, which makes it less peppy compared to other similarly powered turbo-four engines.
Simply, the engine is outdated and besides turbo lag, that’s also manifested in poor fuel economy. You may count on no more than 19 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway, which is really low for a compact SUV.
2024 Land Rover Discovery Sport Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2024 Land Rover Discovery Sport will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of 2023, with a starting price of around 45.000 dollars.
New Generation on the Way!
As we’ve just mentioned, the 2024 Land Rover Discovery Sport will probably represent the final production year of the generation. Just a year after, we will see an all-new model, with a completely new design and from what we can hear, the changes will be significant. Once again, most of the parts will be shared with Range Rover Evoque.
One of the most important changes will be the new EMA platform, which means that the new generation will go all-electric. At this point, details are still unknown but the new Discovery Sport will feature 800-volt technology, while the battery will be placed under the floor and won’t compromise interior space. In terms of exterior aesthetics and dimensions, we don’t expect to see radical changes.