Land Rover Discovery Sport unveiled

Land Rover Discovery Sport unveiled

New seven-seat Land Rover SUV here in May 2015.

Land Rover Discovery Sport unveiled
The Land Rover Discovery Sport will replace the Freelander in the Land Rover line-up.

Land Rover has finally revealed all the details on the new Discovery Sport; a 4×4-only model which they say offers plenty of room on the inside without increasing external proportions.

In fact, Land Rover says the seven-seater has the same footprint as most other five-seat premium SUV’s, a feat achieved by a progressive new design approach that Land Rover says – optimises volume, proportions and stance.

Under the bonnet of the Discovery Sport there will be a choice of two four-cylinder engines – a 2.2 litre turbo-diesel that produces 110kW and 420Nm, or a higher output version of the same engine that produces 140kW/420Nm. The 2.0 litre petrol promises 177kW and 340Nm.

With a light-weight monocoque body and long-travel suspension, Land Rover is promising the new offering will be a genuine off-roader – in fact, approach, departure and breakover angles are listed as 25, 31 and 21 degrees respectively, while the Discovery Sport will boast Terrain Response technology, and the ability to wade to 600mm.

But it’s inside the cabin where Land Rover says they have focussed most of their attention. The end result is a cabin which they say has been designed with customers at its core.

Land Rover Discovery Sport unveiled
Land Rover says the Discovery Sport will feature high-quality materials throughout the cabin.

Design Director and Chief Creative Officer Gerry McGovern says the end result is sure to impress.

“Our challenge has been to combine premium design with exceptional versatility; the two attributes must work in harmony,”

“I’m proud to say we’ve achieved that; Discovery Sport’s dynamic design will resonate on an emotional level with consumers, and this vehicle is more versatile than any other premium compact SUV on the market.”

Land Rover Discovery Sport unveiled
Land Rover says the Discovery Sport offers the versatility of 5+2 seating without compromising size and fuel economy.

The new Land Rover Discovery Sport will arrive in Australian dealerships next May, pricing and final Australian specifications are yet to be confirmed.

Joel Helmes