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The 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport has been announced for Australia, with initial details revealed ahead of the updated range’s launch in October.

Headlining the updates is the introduction of Jaguar Land Rover’s new ‘Ingenium’ 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine, which replaces the 2.2-litre unit.

Available in two states of tune, the new Ingenium powerplant produces 110kW and 380Nm in ‘Td4 150’ guise, and 132kW and 430Nm in ‘Td4 180’ form.

Thanks to its all-aluminum construction, the 2.0-litre unit is 24 kilograms lighter than the outgoing 2.2-litre diesel.

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It’s also more efficient, with both versions claiming 5.3L/100km on the combined cycle, compared to 6.0L/100km and 6.1L/100km for the TD4 and SD4 versions of the old 2.2-litre respectively.

The Discovery Sport Td4 150 claims the same 10.3-second sprint from 0-100km/h as its predecessor, while the Td4 180 also matches the previous SD4’s claim of 8.9 seconds.

Owners will also save on maintenance costs, as the new Ingenium engines only require servicing at 34,000km/24 month intervals, as opposed to the previous unit’s 26,000/12 month schedule.

Additionally, Land Rover offers a fixed-price one payment service plan, which covers the vehicle for 60 months/100,000km, transferable to the next owner. The package starts at $1210 for diesel Discovery Sports and $1460 for petrol-powered models.

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Land Rover has also introduced the company’s new 10.2-inch InControl Touch Pro infotainment system to the Discovery Sport, making its debut in the Td4 180 HSE Luxury variant in conjunction with a new Meridian surround-sound system.

The new touchscreen boasts almost double the resolution of the standard 8.0-inch unit and features a 21:9 super-wide format.

It’s also a buttonless design, with all commands controlled via the screen.

The InControl Touch Pro system is available as an option on SE and HSE models as part of the entertainment pack, which also includes a TV tuner and DAB digital radio.

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For the new model year the Discovery Sport offers the advanced Tile tracking app, which uses bluetooth tags to track items like handbags, keys and mobile phones.

Aimed at busy parents in a rush to work or dropping the kids off at school, the Tile app synchronises with the Discovery Sport’s infotainment system and tracks the location of these items using your smartphone.

Owners are notified if one of the specified items is not in the vehicle and is able to give on-screen directions to their last known location.

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Jaguar Land Rover is the first automotive company to integrate the Tile app with an in-car infotainment system, with the app available on both iOS and Android mobile operating systems.

Also included in the 2017 update is the option of Land Rover’s Lane Keep Assist system, which goes one step beyond lane departure warning and actively counter steers if it detects the car drifting from its lane, using forward-facing camera to find lane markings.

Low Traction Launch, which was recently revealed on the 2017 updates for the larger Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models, has also been added to the Discovery Sport’s array of safety and assistance systems.

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Finally, the company is introducing new Graphite Pack and Black Pack LE options on the back of the successful Black Pack in previous years.

The new package includes Dark Atlas finishes on the front grille, side vents and bonnet badging, along with Narvik Black mirror covers and contrasting Corris Grey roof.

Meanwhile, the Black Pack LE is available on HSE and HSE Luxury models, and comprises of a ‘Dynamic’ style grille and side vents, a black pedestrian airbag cover, a choice of contrasting roof colour, privacy glass, ebony headliner, special ‘Sport’ badging and optional 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels in gloss black.

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The 2017 update for Australian-bound Discovery Sports carries over most of the changes seen on the UK-market refresh that was first seen in May, however local models appear to miss out on the Intelligent Speed Limiter and Driver Condition Monitor available overseas.

Final full-range pricing is yet to be announced, though the company has confirmed the 2017 Discovery Sport will be on sale from October, starting from $56,355 plus on-road costs.

Stay tuned for an updated closer to the model’s October launch.

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