Land Rover has revealed the new Discovery Sport which will be the successor to the aging Freelander. The Sport is based on the Discovery Vision Concept shown this April in New York. The car will be launched in UK by January next year and is expected to come to India by middle of next year. The car once launched will be available in four trims – SE, SE Tech, HSE and HSE Luxury.
This premium compact SUV is actually 80mm longer than the outgoing Freelander and also sits a little lower. The overall look is well rounded off and is more in tune the current generations of Land Rovers, read: Range Rover and Evoque. The shape is not boxy and looks more modern with fuller edges. The versatile middle row with tilt-and-slide configuration allows for maximum comfort. The company says that luggage and interior space has been maximized by eliminating the need for suspension towers which have been replaced by a new multi-link setup.
The cabin is uncluttered and has a sleek and modern look. The multi-function steering wheel can be used to control the regular audio and Bluetooth functions. Instrument panel consists of two large analogue dials and a 5-inch info screen displaying essential information. The centre console plays host to a large 8-inch infotainment touchscreen through which Terrain Response system, navigation, audio, emergency services and an in-car 3G hotspot can be accessed.
The engine powering the Sport will be a 2.2litre, SD4, turbo diesel, with start-stop technology generating 188bhp and having the option of a 9-speed automatic or the 6-speed manual gearbox. Later on, the maker will also introduce a two-wheel drive eD4 turbo diesel engine with claimed CO2 emission of just 119g/km.
The new Discovery Sport is compact yet light owing to its body shell which is a combination of lightweight aluminum and ultra-high-strength steel. The car weighs just 1817kgs and also boasts of safety features such as autonomous emergency braking and pedestrian airbag.
This is what Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer had to say about the company’s newest offering, “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.”
The new Disco will be fighting for market share with the BMW X3, Audi Q5 and Lexus NX SUVs. In UK the car will be launched under the 30,000 pounds bracket with the eD4 variant priced a bit higher at 32,395 pounds.