2016 Discovery Sport

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

NOTES

The electronically-controlled automatic transmission adapts its shift schedule based on driver inputs, along with environmental and road conditions. The transmission is self-learning.

The gear selection status of the gear selector and the steering wheel's gear selector paddles (commandshift), are displayed in the Message center.

When the engine starts, the gear selector elevates from its lowered, stowed position and the gearbox remains engaged in Park (P).

  1. To select Drive (D), Neutral (N), Reverse (R) or P, press the brake pedal and then rotate the gear selector to the required position. The relevant indicator lamp, by the gear selector, illuminates to confirm selection.

    While in D, gear changing is fully automatic. Gear change shift points are determined by the position of the accelerator pedal and the vehicle's current speed.

    To achieve rapid acceleration (kickdown) while in D, quickly press the accelerator pedal to its full travel. When the accelerator pedal is relaxed, normal automatic gear changing resumes.

    NOTES

    If pressure is applied to the gear selector before the brake pedal is pressed, the selected gear may not be available. In this situation, remove pressure from the gear selector, make sure that the brake pedal is pressed and then select the required gear again.

  2. To select Sport (S) mode from D, press the gear selector down and rotate to S. The relevant indicator lamp, by the gear selector, illuminates to confirm selection.

    The transmission stays in the lower gears for longer, improving mid-range performance.

    To deselect S mode, rotate the gear selector back to D.

    NOTES

    Before selecting D, R, N or P, make sure that the vehicle is stationary and the brakes are applied.

  3. Commandshift gear selector paddles: Allow manual gear selection, while the selector is in either the D or S positions. Lightly pull the left paddle for down-shifts or lightly pull the right paddle for up-shifts.

    Commandshift can be effective when rapid acceleration and engine braking are required.

    A gear shift indicator warning lamp illuminates briefly at the recommended (up-shift) gear change point. See GEARSHIFT (GREEN).

    If the gear selector remains in the D position, temporary use of the manual gear selection mode is held while the driver is accelerating, decelerating, cornering, or continuing to request gear shift changes via the steering wheel paddles.

    NOTES

    If continued use of the steering wheel's gear selector paddles (commandshift) is required, select S.

    NOTES

    The gear selector paddles can be configured to be active in both D and S, or active in S only, via the Vehicle Set-up menu. See INSTRUMENT PANEL MENU.

  4. To manually change gear, briefly pull the relevant steering wheel gear shift paddle.

    To exit manual gear selection mode, either pull and hold the up-shift paddle for approximately one second (to return directly to automatic operation in D or S) or, if in S, rotate the gear selector to the D position.

WARNING

To avoid injury, before exiting the vehicle, always make sure that the gear selector is in the P position, the engine is switched off, the Electric Parking Brake (EPB) is applied, and the Smart key is removed from the vehicle.

CAUTION

Never select P while the vehicle is in motion. Doing so can result in serious transmission damage.

CAUTION

Never select R while the vehicle is in forward motion. Doing so can result in serious transmission damage.

CAUTION

Never select a forward gear while the vehicle is moving backwards. Doing so can result in serious transmission damage.

CAUTION

Do not rev the engine or allow it to run above normal idle speed, while selecting D or R or while the vehicle is stationary, with any gear selected. Doing so can result in serious transmission damage.

CAUTION

Do not allow the vehicle to remain stationary with a drive gear selected and the engine running. Always select P or N, and apply the Electric Parking Brake (EPB) if the engine is to idle for a prolonged period. The vehicle may move unexpectedly with any other gear position selected.

CAUTION

Do not use N for vehicle recovery.

If the gear selector is obstructed, remove the obstruction and then start the engine. The gear selector should elevate.

If the gear selector fails to elevate and there is no obstruction, a fault in the system is indicated. The gear selector can still be used in the lowered position, but it does not automatically select P when the engine is switched off. Therefore, P should be selected manually. The fault should be rectified by a Retailer/Authorized Repairer at the earliest opportunity.