A mysterious Land Rover Discovery Sport prototype was caught on camera hiding a slightly modified front bumper.

Revealed in September 2014, the Disco Sport went on sale at the beginning of last year, so we think it’s too early for a facelift. This prototype had camouflage only on the front bumper which if you look closely is a bit different than the standard one. The fog lights have been removed and the vents above which these sit on the regular model are a tad bigger. In addition, there’s an extra pair of small vents mounted low on the corners of the bumper. We assume these changes have been made to boost cooling of a stronger engine.

This beefier appearance of the front bumper could hint at a performance version of the Discovery Sport. It definitely won’t be an SVR model, as Land Rover program chief Murray Dietsch said more than a year ago the model will not spawn a full-blown SVR derivative. However, he did say a beefier version is being considered, and chances are this is it.

Some reports are suggesting the spicier Discovery Sport could be offered with more powerful iterations of JLR’s Ingenium 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline and diesel units. Being based on the D8 platform like the Evoque, it’s unlikely the Discovery Sport will receive a six- or an eight-cylinder engine, especially since an SVR model has been officially ruled out.

Land Rover will likely unveil its new Discovery Sport model in the second half of the year, possibly at the Paris Motor Show in October.

Gallery: Land Rover Discovery Sport spied with modified front bumper

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