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Discovering the latest Jaguar Land Rover SUV

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Jaguar Land Rover Korea launches its face-lifted Discovery Sport SUV on Thursday. Five years after the previous version in 2015, the upgraded model comes with upgraded performance and new advanced tech gadgets. [JAGUAR LAND ROVER KOREA ]

Jaguar Land Rover Korea has given a face lift to the Discovery Sport SUV.

The upgraded Discovery Sport, coming five years after the model’s prior launch in 2015, includes enhanced performance features and the latest technologies, the vehicle importer said in a statement Thursday.

With use of newly designed LED headlamps and a grille, the updated SUV model’s exterior design has become more dynamic. Its active vane feature automatically controls air flow for the vehicle, improving carbon dioxide emission control and fuel economy.

Jaguar Land Rover said it upgraded the load capacity for the newest model to target Korean families. The trunk size was expanded to 897 liters (237 gallons), with a capacity of 1,794 liters if backseats are folded.

The new Discovery Sport also has an improved infotainment system, the automaker said, adding that the touchscreen display has been widened to 10.2 inches and has better resolution and touch response.

With a 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine, two offerings of the Discovery Sport are rated at 150 horsepower and 180 horsepower, with 38.8 kilogram-meters (280.6 pound-feet) and 43.9 kilogram-meters of torque, respectively. The gasoline version of the SUV is rated at 249 horsepower and 37.2 kilogram-meters of torque.

Drivers can select among six driving modes set for different terrains, and the upgraded vehicle also comes equipped with a terrain response system that automatically matches the suitable driving mode to the terrain.

And by including its “mild hybrid electric vehicle” system, Jaguar Land Rover Korea said the new Discovery Sport has a fuel economy of 11.5 kilometers per liter, for a 6-percent improvement on the pervious iteration. The new SUV model also has digital safety features for all sides.

Depending on trims and options, the two diesel versions of the Discovery Sports are priced between 62.3 million won ($52,700) and 72.7 million won. The gasoline model is priced at 69.8 million won.

BY KO JUN-TAE [ko.juntae@joongang.co.kr]

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