LAND ROVER DISCOVERY SPORT
KOLKATA TO JOYPUR FOREST, BANKURA
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...