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JLR: Make way for the Powerful Discovery Sport Petrol Variant

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Adapting to the ban on diesel vehicles and catering to the preference for petrol vehicles

On Monday, June 20th 2016, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), India launched the petrol version of the Discovery Sport in response to the diesel vehicle ban. The ban initiated by the National Green Tribunal was upheld by the Supreme Court of India and is still in effect. The ban is on diesel cars and SUVs which have an engine capacity of 2000cc and above in the Delhi and NCR areas.

This ban affected many luxury automakers including JLR. In order to keep its market share, the Company decided to comply and adapt to the legal requirements of the NCR and decided to launch petrol variants of its popular models. With many customers’ now shifting to the petrol variant, the plan was set into motion and the Discovery Sport petrol variant was launched.  

Rohit Suri, President of Jaguar Land Rover India comments on the diesel ban

Rohit Suri said that the Discovery Sport variant did not have a petrol version unlike other models like Jaguar XE, XJ and Range Rover Sports. To comply with the ban, Jaguar introduced the petrol version of the Discovery Sport, to attract the petrol vehicle enthusiasts’. The Delhi Region accounts for about 20% of the market share for the company in India. Though the ban has not affected the company’s entire market share, it has definitely dropped. Rohit Suri said plans are in the anvil to release some more petrol variants so that they can make up for lost sales in the NCR. Diesel variant was preferred by people largely due to costs, but now that is not a criterion.

Discovery Sport

Key highlights

  • Discovery Sport available only in the HSE version
  • No changes are seen, cosmetically, design or feature-wise
  • Petrol and diesel versions now available

Peek into the Petrol variant of the Discovery sport

A British multinational automotive company, Jaguar Land Rover Limited, is headquartered in the UK and is a subsidiary of the home-grown manufacturer, Tata Motors. Tata Motors-owned JLR’s popular SUV, the Discovery Sport is now launched in the petrol version and is offered at a starting price of INR 56.50 lakhs and will be available in the HSE variant only. This variant will be available alongside the two diesel versions which are TD4 and SD4 and they are also available.

The newly launched Discovery Sport will help the company cater to the customers who are tending in the direction of driving a vehicle which comes with a powerful engine in petrol and also widens the charm of the premium SUV division.  

The company has already launched two models which come in petrol – Jaguar XJ and Jaguar XE and the market responded well to these cars. The Discovery Sport petrol is now out there to add to their petrol portfolio.

Design, Style and Features

When it comes to the styling and design, this SUV is pretty much similar to the diesel variant. The features available are the same signature features offered in the Land Rover.

  • All Terrain Capability
  • Electronic Traction Control (ETC)
  • Hill Descent Control (HDC)
  • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
  • Roll Stability Control (RSC)
  • Command Driving Position

Along with these features, there are features which propose comfort and style too:

  • Panoramic sunroof
  • LED tail lamps
  • Adaptive xenon headlamps
  • Premium comfortable upholstery
  • Multiple Charging points (USB)

Digging into the hood

The vehicle comes with a 2.0L petrol engine which produces a power of 237BHP and a maximum torque of 340Nm and this is paired with the company’s usual 9-speed automatic gearbox which is standard.

Specifications

Jaguar Land Rover Discovery Sport

Automaker

Jaguar

Year of Launch

2016

Body Type

SUV

Engine Mill

Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4, 2.0L

Engine Capacity

1999cc

Variants

HSE variant

Pricing

 INR 56.50 lakhs

Transmission type

Automatic

Number of cylinders

4

Maximum power bhp@rpm

237BHP @ 5500rpm

Maximum torque Nm @ rpm

340Nm

Length

4600mm

Width

2069mm

Height

1724mm

Ground clearance

212mm

Wheelbase

2741mm

Boot space

280L

Kerb weight

N/A

Gross weight

N/A

Tire type

Tubeless

Seating capacity

7

Fuel tank capacity

65.0

Fuel type

Petrol

Mileage on highways

N/A

In city mileage

12.35 km/l

Top speed

180 km/h

Acceleration 0-100kmph

10.3 seconds

Drive Train

AWD

 

Updated and Features Rich

Features

Jaguar Land Rover Discovery Sport

Air conditioner

Yes

Heater

Yes

Power windows front

Yes

Power windows rear

Yes

Power steering

Yes

Airbags

Yes

ABS

Yes

Keyless entry

Yes

Central locking

Yes

Cruise control

Yes

USB & auxiliary input

Yes

Speakers

Yes

Bluetooth connectivity

Yes

GPS navigation

Yes

Automatic headlamps

Yes

Steering mounted audio

Yes

Rear parking sensor

Yes

Rear parking camera

Yes

Height adjustable driver seat

Yes

Climate control

Yes

 

In catering to the powerful petrol SUV segment

Jaguar Land Rover is all set to unleash their capabilities and cater to the segment which is now turning to petrol vehicles. For any company, it is imperative to adapt to the shifting landscapes and changing laws, so as to stay on top of their game and JLR is doing nothing but that. To stay significant in the market, the company is adapting to the legal requirements of the country. There is no reason not to like this car. It is a refined luxury car suited for a variety of purposes and is sure to please.  

Rohit Suri, President, JLR India at the launch of the vehicle announced, “We are excited to introduce the petrol derivative of the Land Rover Discovery Sport. This will help us broaden the appeal of this fabulous premium versatile SUV for customers who are more inclined towards driving a vehicle with a powerful petrol engine at its heart along with Land Rover's legendary off-road capability and reliability - a perfect combination of performance, capability and composure.

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