En­gine 1999cc, in-line 4-cyl,

turbo diesel Trans­mis­sion 9-speed

au­to­matic Power 177bhp @ 4000rpm Torque 430Nm @ 1750rpm

Weight NA 0-100kmph 8.9sec (claimed) Top speed 188kmph (claimed) Price `55.47 lakh

(ex-show­room) side, mar­vel­ling at the ease with which the SUV per­formed such a chal­leng­ing task, cour­tesy the All-Ter­rain Progress Con­trol that mod­u­lates throt­tle and brake in­puts to en­sure that the Dis­cov­ery Sport main­tains the same speed on off-road ter­rain. Mean­while, the Hill Start As­sist sys­tem pre­vents the ve­hi­cle from rolling back­wards on a slope for a full three sec­onds, al­low­ing the driver to move his foot from the brake to the throt­tle safely. On the other hand, Hill De­scent Con­trol as­sists the driver with con­trolled de­scents of dif­fi­cult slopes by main­tain­ing a con­stant speed and ap­ply­ing brak­ing sep­a­rately to each wheel. The sys­tem works au­to­mat­i­cally to slow the ve­hi­cle and main­tain the speed rel­a­tive to the se­lected gear range and ac­cel­er­a­tor pedal po­si­tion.

More ob­sta­cles come and go but noth­ing stops the Dis­cov­ery Sport. It ploughs through the mud, glides over the ruts and wafts through the slush without miss­ing a sin­gle beat. All thanks to the Ter­rain Re­sponse Sys­tem that Land Rover in­vented. This sys­tem op­ti­mises en­gine, trans­mis­sion, dif­fer­en­tials and chas­sis sys­tems to fly out of low-trac­tion sce­nar­ios. Se­lect the mode ac­cord­ing to the ter­rain ahead and you are sorted.

Nor­mally, when you think of such ter­rain you would as­so­ciate it with some­thing that looks rugged and tough. The fact that a ve­hi­cle that is clearly equipped for the ur­ban jun­gle with lovely leather up­hol­stery and a panoramic sun­roof can shine so bril­liantly in a gen­uine jun­gle is sim­ply fas­ci­nat­ing. Its bril­liant Merid­ian sys­tem de­liv­ers ex­cep­tional au­dio qual­ity all thanks to the 10 speak­ers and dual chan­nel sub­woofer. In more ways than one, the Land Rover Dis­cov­ery Sport turns out to be one lux­u­ri­ous yet ut­terly ver­sa­tile ad­ven­ture. One that I would take to the Joypur for­est in Bankura, about 150km from Kolkata to en­joy to the hilt. ⌧

Where you should take your LR Dis­cov­ery Sport Not too far from the City of Joy lies the Joypur for­est in the district of Bankura. About 150km from Kolkata, this heav­ily forested area pro­vides enough trails and op­por­tu­ni­ties to go off-road­ing. Be­ware...

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