Land Rover has revealed the new Discovery Sport at Spaceport America in New Mexico, USA. The first member of the new Discovery family, Discovery Sport features a ‘five-plus-two’ seating format within a compact SUV footprint.
“Our challenge has been to combine premium design with exceptional versatility; the two attributes must work in harmony,” said Land Rover design boss, Gerry McGovern.
The seven-seater replacement for the Freelander has been developed around an all-new multi-link rear axle that Land Rover says not only provides “engaging” driving dynamics but also provides increased cabin space behind the second row.
Land Rover says safety has been a key priority in the development of the Sport, resulting in a first-in-class pedestrian airbag, autonomous emergency braking, and a bodyshell featuring both ultra-high-strength steel and lightweight aluminium.
Additional equipment on the inside includes an all-new 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and standard tilt-and-slide row-two seating.
From launch in the UK, the car will be equipped with a 2.2 litre SD4 turbodiesel engine producing 187 bhp featuring both stop-start technology and regenerative charging. Both 9-speed automatic and 6-speed manual transmissions will be available.
Later in 2015, a two wheel drive eD4 turbodiesel engine will join the range with CO2 emissions from 119g/km.
Discovery Sport will be produced at Land Rover’s manufacturing facility at Halewood, Liverpool. It goes on sale in January 2015 in the UK alongside the existing seven-seat Land Rover Discovery.
Source: Land Rover