Land Rover’s Discovery Sport Put to the Test
Towing capacity is one of the most sought-after features of the Land Rover Discovery Sport, and to demonstrate its ability, the company put the vehicle to the ultimate test—towing cars of a luxury train. Weighing in at over 100 tons, three train carriages are no light load. In fact, that weight is equivalent to a Boeing 757 (similar to the 787s produced here in Charleston). The SUV, certified to pull 2.5 tons, exceeded expectations by successfully handling 60 times its own weight with its 180PS Ingenium diesel engine. The car also featured Land Rover’s top towing and traction accessories, including Terrain Response, Tow Assist, Tow Hitch Assist, and All Terrain Progress Control.
The Discovery Sport moved the train cars over six miles through the Rhine region of Switzerland, thoroughly impressing onlookers. Karl Richards with Jaguar Land Rover’s Stability Control Systems Division said, “Towing is in Land Rover’s DNA, and Discovery Sport is no exception. Over the years, we have introduced game-changing towing technologies to take the stress out of towing for our customers. I’ve spent most of my career traveling to the most punishing parts of the world to test Land Rovers in grueling conditions, yet this is the most extreme towing test I’ve ever done.” If the SUV is capable of such a towing feat, imagine how easily the Discovery Sport can move your boat from home to sea.