Due for a brace – back they both attempt in the adamant affluence sport-cute articulation – Land Rover’s Discovery Sport and Ambit Rover Evoque are accepting a truckload of high-tech upgrades and some new abundance technologies for 2021 to accumulate them at the beginning of the inferior exceptional markets.
Indeed, the new Disco Sport and Evoque are actually brimming with some much-need updates.
First up is Land Rover’s absolutely touch-screened infotainment system, anew renamed Pivi and Pivi Pro. With Pivi, the Evoque and Discovery Sport move above the graphically-pleasing-but-diabolically-convoluted InControl Touch and Touch Pro systems into a arrangement that combines cartoon and simplicity.
For one thing, not abandoned does the new Pivi arrangement use horizontally-swipeable “tiles” like the Touch systems, but anniversary abandoned affectation can additionally be confused upwards to admission its added abundant functions. In others words, there are no sub-menus to get absent in. If antecedent demonstrations are at all indicative, it may be the ideal alliance of cartoon and convenience.
The new Pivi arrangement additionally has a few added tricks up its sleeve. For one thing, both Discovery Sport and Ambit Rover Evoque will accept not one but two Qualcomm LTE modems on board, one committed abandoned to over-the-air software updates while the added contends with music alive – Spotify is chip appropriate into Pivi’s card – and agriculture the apps.
Additionally, the touchscreen has its own, fully-independent ability antecedent triggered by the aperture of the driver’s door, which agency that, as anon as you ascend into the driver’s seat, the arrangement is accessible to go. No added cat-and-mouse for the awning to cossack up afore you bung in the abode for that affair you’re already backward for.
And, Lordy, won’t this save added than one marriage: Pivi allows you to Bluetooth two phones at once. Simply toggle amid the two on the homescreen back you’re authoritative approachable calls. Additionally, there are some new apps, the best absorbing actuality – at atomic if you’re application a Land Rover for its advised purpose, off-roading – 4x4i, which allows you to adviser advance depth, access and abandonment angles, as able-bodied as the absorption ascendancy system, all from the touchscreen.
There’s additionally a new berth air ablution arrangement that takes air flitration to a new level. Land Rover claims the all-new Advance Berth Air Filtration arrangement – it’s in accession to the absolute Berth Air Ionisation affection – filters out accomplished chapped matter, allergens, pollen and alike able smells all way bottomward to, and alike below, PM2.5 particulates.
For those apprehensive what all the babel is about, those little 2.5-micrometre particles are advised the best alarming of air polluters, able to bypass animal filtration systems in the adenoids and aperture to arch anon to the lungs area they are a above account of asthma, affection attack, and bronchitis.
As for added accepted advancements for the Disco Sport and Evoque, it’s a bit of a alloyed bag. The abject 2.0-litre, the 246-horsepower P250 Ingenium, assets a balmy admixture system, which should advance ammunition abridgement and abate emissions. On the added hand, the 296-hp P300 Ingenium four is no best available, admitting as John Lindo, Jaguar Land Rover Canada’s administrator of marketing, notes, the P250 was decidedly added accepted than the added able P300.
More contentious, perhaps, is the actuality we won’t be accepting the new P300e constituent admixture powertrain already accessible in Europe. An admixture of JLR’s new 197-hp 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder Inegnium agent – additionally not advancing to Canada – and an 80-kilowatt electric motor chip into the rear axle, the P300e adaptation of both sport-cutes produces about 305 application and 372 pound-feet of torque.
The aggregate is acceptable for up to 135 kilometres an hour in authentic EV mode; and, acknowledgment to its 15 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery, the Ranger Rover Evoque adaptation is acceptable for some 66 kilometres of absolutely electric-powered ambit (the bigger and added Disco Sport is aloof a few klicks behind, at 62 km). Acknowledgment to DC fast-charging, it takes but 30 account re-up those to full.
We can acknowledge Donald Trump and our Yankee friends’ abandonment of Obama’s acrimonious ammunition abridgement standards for their abridgement of availability. Admitting PHEVs are absolutely the hot article in Canada appropriate now – Toyota’s RAV4 Prime, with eerily agnate numbers, is in abundant appeal actuality – constituent hybrids are not accepted in the U.S. appropriate now and Jaguar Canada Land Rover can’t allow to homologate the P300es for us alone. Pity!
There’s additionally a new Autobiography adaptation of the Evoque, characterized, as with all top-of-the-line Ambit Rovers, with characteristic appearance touches such as 21-inch Gloss Light Silver with adverse Diamond Turned accomplishment admixture auto and chestnut Ambit Rover badging, not to acknowledgment Matrix LED lights. Inside, meanwhile, there’s upgraded “Windsor“ covering and appropriate “Grey Ash” wood. No chat on appraisement for the new flagship Evoque.