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Land Rover’s Discovery Sport Dynamic packages extra style and improved handling

Land Rover has revealed its new Discovery Sport HSE Dynamic Lux ahead of its Frankfurt Motor Show debut.

The new model variant with the lengthy name is designed to appeal to owners who want something more unique than the standard Discovery Sport crossover, and accomplishes that mission with body-colored trim, black accents, 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels in dark grey or black finish, and body-color-matching interior accents. The same deep red exterior color from the Range Rover Sport HSE Dynamic appears on the Discovery Sport version.

In addition to the Dynamic variant, buyers can now option the Discovery Sport with All Terrain Progress Control that lets drivers “set and maintain a steady speed in off-road conditions.” It basically sounds like a higher-speed crawl control, but adds a Launch mode that uses diagnostics to pull away smoothly on slick surfaces like ice or snow.

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The Dynamic Lux will also be available with an Active Driveline that automatically swaps between two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive based on road conditions. Land Rover claims this function also improves fuel economy and handling because you won’t accidently stay in four-wheel drive, which burns extra fuel.

Also available is Land Rover’s Adaptive Dynamics handling system with MagenRide dampers. Similar to GM’s Magnetic Ride Control, the system actively monitors driving conditions and tightens or softens the vehicle’s suspension damping as needed. The package also includes driving modes to tweak the throttle, transmission, suspension, steering, and differential at will.

Pricing and sale date information has yet to be announced, but the Discovery Sport Dynamic now appears to be a better competitor for German performance compact crossovers like the Audi Q5, BMW X3, and Mercedes GLC.