Discovery and Range Rover Sport updated

* Land Rovers get cleaner engines * New high-tech options * Available to order now...

Discovery and Range Rover Sport updated

Land Rover has updated the Discovery and Range Rover Sport with upgraded engines, transmissions and additional equipment.

Both ranges now get:

• Cleaner, more powerful engines
• New eight-speed automatic gearbox
• Updated cabin detailing
• Enhanced audio and navigation systems
• Say what you see voice control
• Smart battery charging
• New option packs
• Improved aerodynamics
• Seven-day timer for cabin heater
• New design smart key

Engine and transmission
Revisions to the 3.0-litre diesel engine have boosted power from 241bhp to 252bhp, while CO2 emissions drop from 244g/km (243g/km for the Range Rover Sport) to 230g/km for both models. Average fuel economy increases from 30.4mpg to 33.2mpg for the Discovery and from 30.7mpg to 32.1mpg for the Range Rover Sport.

A new eight-speed automatic transmission also adds Jaguar Land Rovers rotary gear selector and steering wheel-mounted gearshift paddles.

Exterior changes on both cars are limited to new exterior graphics, headlight surrounds, new alloys and grilles. The Range Rover Sport also gets a new lightweight, one-piece powered tailgate.

Inside, equipment levels have been improved and some cabin detailing changed. The Discoverys entry-level eight-speaker audio system now features a colour screen and is available with Bluetooth, DAB and USB/MP3-player connectivity. The Harman Kardon stereos fitted to both models have been upgraded, too.

Equipment and technology
The rear-seat entertainment option now has a cabin-mounted DVD player instead of the previous boot-mounted changer. The system connects with games consoles and USB files too. A new wireless technology called Whitefire connects cordless headphones to the video/audio system.

Both models have a new voice command system called Say what you see, which helps the driver learn commands through step-by-step on-screen prompts.

A new Technology pack is available for the Discovery. It costs 1000 and includes adaptive xenon headlights with cornering lamps; auto headlights with high-beam assist; a surround camera system, Tow Assist and Tow Hitch Assist.

A new Luxury Pack is available for the Range Rover Sport 3.0 SDV6 Diesel for 3065. It includes contrast stitching, 20-inch alloys, an upgraded entertainment system, an extended leather pack, a heated steering wheel and adaptive cruise control

You can order both cars now, and deliveries start in October. Prices for the Discovery start at 37,995, an increase of 1250 on the current car, while Range Rover Sport prices start at 48,795 an 800 increase.