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It has been a long time coming, and finally, it’s here.

We did have a preview of the Land Rover Discovery Sport back in May, but now we can officially reveal that Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia has launched the all-new model here. Two variants of the Discovery Sport are available: a 2.0 litre Si4 Petrol with 240 PS and 340 Nm of torque and a 2.2 litre SD4 Diesel with 190 PS and 420 Nm of torque.

The petrol model gets to 100 km/h in 8.2 seconds, on to a top speed of 199 km/h. It’s claimed to consume an average of 8.2 litre per 100 km. The diesel, meanwhile, takes 8.9 seconds to reach 100 km/h, and has a lower top speed of 188 km/h. Economy is better, of course, at just 6.3 l/100 km. Both variants use a ZF 9HP48 nine-speed automatic transmission, controlled through a rotary knob.

The Discovery Sport is essentially a 5+2 seater that effectively replaces the outgoing Freelander 2. At 4,590 mm long, it’s 239 mm shorter than the Discovery 4, with a 2,741 mm wheelbase. Its overall design is bold yet progressive, and through the powered tailgate is a loading space of up to 1,698 litres with all rear seats folded. Land Rover claims that its multi-link rear axle and body shell that has a mix of high-strength steel and lightweight aluminium bring together best-in-class off-road performance and agility.

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All-terrain performance is pretty impressive, with a wading depth of 600 mm and the Terrain Response System that allows steering, throttle response, gearbox, centre-coupling and braking/stability systems to be precisely tailored to the demands of the terrain. It has four settings, specifically, General, Grass/Gravel/Snow (for slippery conditions), Mud and Ruts, and Sand.

Moreover, JLR claims that the variants offered in Malaysia can also scale gradients of 45 degrees, which is 14 degrees more than the closest rival SUVs. Apparently, if customers wish to do so, the lower trim on the front bumper can also be removed to increase the approach angle even further.

As standard, the Discovery Sport comes with eight-way powered front seats, configurable mood lighting, electric parking brake and cruise control. Interestingly, the keyless entry for the vehicle is officially listed as a ‘passive entry system with a push start button’, so convenience is still a top priority. Alongside the 5.0-inch colour display within the instrument panel, an 8.0-inch centre touch-screen is also included, which has navigation (RM6,672), Bluetooth streaming and reverse camera functions.

Three interior colour options are offered – Ebony (all black), Cirrus/Lunar (cream and grey) and Glacier/Lunar (grey on grey) – to be matched with the 12 exterior shades available.

Available as options are Park Assist with parallel and perpendicular parking (RM4,446), automatic high beam assist, lane departure warning, panoramic roof(RM5,926) and a 17-speaker Meridian-powered sound system (RM8,886), as well as driver and passenger seats with vents for cooling (RM5,440). A ‘Black Design Pack’ is also on offer for customers at RM14,440, and it includes a gloss-black grille, door mirror caps, front fender vents, ‘Discovery’ bonnet script, contrast roof and tailgate badging and choice of 19-inch or 20-inch wheels.

As standard, the Disco Sport rolls on 18-inch wheels. It should be noted that the launch vehicle during the event sported 20-inch wheels, which is not part of the ‘Black Design Pack’, as that option only comes with 19-inch wheels.

In terms of active and passive safety advances, the vehicle has a total of seven airbags: driver and passenger, knee, side curtain and thorax airbags. Other notable features include Hill Descent Control (HDC), Gradient Release Control (GRC), Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Traction Control (ETC), Hill Start Assist, Roll Stability Control (RSC), and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC).

The Land Rover Discovery Sport 2.0L Si4 Petrol is priced at RM399,000 (without insurance, road tax and registration fees). The 2.2L SD4 Diesel’s pricing, meanwhile, is available on request only. Jaguar Land Rover has recently upgraded its warranty package, and the vehicle now comes with a five-year or 300,000 km warranty, five years or 80,000 km of free scheduled maintenance and a three-year roadside assistance service.

We’ve driven the L550 Land Rover Discovery Sport – read our snow-filled adventure with the new Landie in Iceland.

Land Rover Discovery Sport with Black Design Pack + options