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Cleaner diesels and updated infotainment for Land Rover Discovery Sport and Evoque

Land Rover has updated the Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque with cleaner mild hybrid diesels, updated infotainment systems and new special editions.

The Evoque gets the new mild hybrid diesel variants and a top-spec Autobiography version as well as equipment upgrades

New to both ranges is an Ingenium 2.0-litre four-cylinder mild-hybrid diesel engine available as 163hp D165 and 204hp D200 variants and available with all-wheel drive. It joins the P300e plug-in hybrids announced earlier this year and already on sale and existing mild-hybrid petrols.

The new diesels use a belt-driven starter motor and battery pack, recovering energy lost under deceleration and feeding it back to the 48-volt battery. The result is improved economies compared to the previous non-electrified diesels; in the case of the Discovery Sport, combined WLTP CO2 starts from 163g/km, with a figure of 156g/km for the Evoque.

The Discovery Sport also gains a new range-topping Black edition that features a 290hp turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine producing 290hp, giving a 0-62mph time of 7.4 seconds.

The Evoque also gets an Autobiography top-spec version, featuring a luxury-focused interior and exterior with extra onboard tech.

Updates to both models bring Land Rover’s top-level Pivi and Pivi Pro infotainment system, said to be as responsive and easy to use as a smartphone. Over-the-air updates are provided at no-extra cost, negating the need to visit the dealer. Spotify is also now integrated directly within the infotainment menu for the first time.

The Discovery Sport includes the new mild hybrid diesels alongside the same tech upgrades as the Evoque and a new range-topping Black edition

Other equipment upgrades include wireless device charging with a signal-boosting option,

Bluetooth connectivity for two phones at once, plus wireless charging with signal-boosting option

Land Rover is also offering a new second-generation Activity Key that enables customers to unlock any door, lock or even start the vehicle without needing the physical key.

Updates to the Cabin Air Filtration system enable it to filter out fine particulate matter commonly found in polluted areas.

The updated models also introduce extra Advanced Driver Assistance features, such as Rear Traffic Monitor with automatic braking, a new Rear Collision Monitor that can help guard against rear-view collisions and a new 3D Surround Camera that works at speeds of up to 19mph to support parking and offroad manoeuvring.

Both cars can be ordered now; the Discovery Sport is priced from £31,915 while the Evoque starts from £32,100.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006.