Upcoming changes on the 2023 Land Rover Discovery Sport won’t change the pecking order on the luxury crossover market. The company introduced a vehicle without huge modifications. The plug-in hybrid system is still part of the lineup, although some fans expected an all-electric compact SUV. Discovery Sport is still competitive against German models – Audi Q5, Mercedes GLC and BMW X3. Let’s not forget about the Swedish rival – Volvo XC60.
A 2.0-liter engine is the main powertrain, either if you choose petrol or diesel configuration. The center of a PHEV system is a 1.5-liter mill. For the upcoming season, JLR will update the interior as well. The focus is on the infotainment system with improved Pivi Pro. All in all, the 2023 Land Rover Discovery Sport will still be one of the most versatile luxury crossovers you can find. The biggest downside is the price, but we already know it comes with all the features JLR’s vehicles are offering.
Under the Hood
A 2.0-liter turbo-four engine is capable of producing 250 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. Compared to rivals we already mentioned, this is good for the entry-level fight. German manufacturers are taking it to the next level with performance-oriented systems. The 2023 Land Rover Discovery Sport also needs to improve the gas mileage, returning only 19/23 mpg.
A diesel model is also available in certain markets. It is also a 2.0-liter turbocharged displacement. The oil burner is good for 165 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. The D200 is a higher-output configuration. As its name suggests, the diesel engine can develop 200 ponies and 315 pound-feet of torque. In both cases, the automatic transmission sends power to wheels. The D200 setup is the mild-hybrid configuration.
2023 Land Rover Discovery Sport PHEV
A 1.5-liter inline-3 engine with turbochargers is the center of the plug-in hybrid model. Additionally, there is an 80 kWh battery that increases total outputs and improves performance. The P300e can deliver 300 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. The premium crossover can accelerate 0-60 mph in 6.6 seconds and the max speed is 210 mph. Engineers are working on improvements of the gas mileage. Towing capacity drops from 6,000 pounds to 4,000 lbs compared to the standard setup.
In the future, we can expect a fully electric crossover by the Land Rover. Jaguar is already out with the E-Pace. We read rumors about another model but in the premium Range Rover lineup. Nevertheless, the Discovery Sport is one of the best options for further electrification.
The price of the 2023 Land Rover Discovery Sport will depend on all the options the premium crossover is about to offer. But, it is still a luxury model and doesn’t expect a bargain. The base version is priced at $43,000 and the MSRP jumps if you select some of the upper trim levels. The current version offers R-Dynamic, SE, or the combination of those two. The PHEV system will definitely be the most expensive version, exceeding $50,000. A similar model is offered in the Range Rover lineup – Evoque. But, it is significantly shorter, while the prices remain pretty much the same. If you are looking for a larger vehicle, Land Rover offers Defender and Discovery.
2023 Land Rover Discovery Sport Release Date
The company is still preparing the new version of the compact crossover. Both price and release date depend on the level of changes we’ll see on the 2023 Land Rover Discovery Sport. More updates require more time. JLR will do everything to deliver a perfect vehicle with plenty of options. Comfort and safety are the priority. But, new or not, the 2023 YM should debut in the final quarter of this season. Buyers in the UK can already order their favorite luxury crossover HERE.