From afar, the Discovery Sport prototype photographed here might appear just like any regular test mule passing by. However, looking at the details we can see an awkwardly placed fuel cap which suggests that it will be relocated.
Codenamed L550 and in production since 2014, the smallest Land Rover currently on sale will get a plug-in hybrid powertrain in 2018. Essentially a smaller interpretation of the plug-in powertrain introduced by the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, the Discovery Sport PHEV will share its oily bits with the Range Rover P400e. To this effect, brace yourself for a 1.5-liter three-cylinder connected to an integrated starter generator/electric motor. The lithium-ion battery pack will be juiced up by a 48V electrical system.
The Discovery Sport has received minor changes and tweaks each model year since it was first introduced, and will likely continue to get updates until the next-generation model arrives. Expect a minor refresh to debut by the end of 2018.