Land Rover has announced its innovative Ingenium diesel engine will be introduced to the Discovery Sport. Following its highly successful launch in September 2014, the premium compact SUV will now be available with enhanced performance and economy.

The 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium diesel engine is designed to deliver impressive torque and power outputs, combined with excellent refinement, reduced CO 2 emissions and lower fuel consumption.

The Discovery Sport's EU6 compliant Ingenium engine will be available with two power outputs - 150PS and 180PS - delivering fuel economy of up to 57.7mpg (4.9l/100km) and CO 2emissions from 129g/km. The powerful 180PS engine has a top speed of 117 mph (188 km/h) and can accelerate from 0 - 100km/h in just 8.9 seconds*. The arrival of these cutting-edge engines, which will replace the current diesel engine in EU6 markets, ensures Discovery Sport is one of the most efficient premium compact SUVs in the world.

Murray Dietsch, Director of Land Rover Programmes, said: "Land Rover's new family of Ingenium engines is truly class leading. By introducing it to the Discovery Sport, we can now offer enhanced fuel economy and reduced CO 2 emissions, while improving overall performance. The Ingenium engine confirms Discovery Sport's position as the most versatile and capable compact premium SUV in the world."

The new aluminum TD4 engine features lightweight construction, with stiff cylinder blocks and decoupled injectors, which ensures low levels of vibration and noise intrusion, further enhancing the driver experience.

A series of advanced technologies reduce internal friction, improve refinement and enhance overall performance. In addition, Selective Catalytic Reduction and a new low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation system significantly reduce both CO 2 and NOx emissions.

The Ingenium-powered Discovery Sport will also be designated an 'E-Capability' vehicle, with a blue 'Sport' badge highlighting the most efficient variant. E-Capability will apply to five-seat models fitted with either the 150PS or 180PS Ingenium engine, with 18-inch wheels and low rolling resistance tyres. Additionally, the final drive gearing and engine calibrations have been optimised to provide the lowest possible CO 2 for the vehicle.

The Discovery Sport is equipped with a range of class-leading safety features, such as a first-in-segment Pedestrian Airbag, Autonomous Emergency Braking and a suite of driver assistance features; all of which has led to the Discovery Sport being awarded with a Five Star Euro NCAP rating. The vehicle also features a Head-Up Display, as well as an 8-inch touchscreen 'InControl Touch' infotainment system.

Extended service intervals on the new Ingenium engine, from 16,000 to 21,000 miles, lowers running costs over the vehicle's lifetime. Offering customers a wide choice, the Discovery Sport is also available with a four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine.

Land Rover's advanced new Ingenium engines are manufactured in the UK at the company's new state-of-the-art £500m Engine Manufacturing Centre in the West Midlands, which is set to produce 450,000 Ingenium engines each year.

Since its reveal in September 2014, Land Rover has amassed 15,000 orders for the new Discovery Sport, with 10,000 orders taken before the vehicle was available to test drive. Currently, Discovery Sport is available in 175 markets.

Together, the Discovery Sport and Land Rover's Ingenium engine have contributed more than £4bn to the UK economy and created 1,650 jobs.

Initially the Ingenium engine will be available to order in Europe and South Korea from May 2015. An even more efficient front-wheel drive Ingenium equipped Discovery Sport will be added to the range later in 2015.

*180PS five seat automatic.