Land Rover launches the new Discovery Sport
October 13, 2014: Land Rover has revealed the new Discovery Sport, a versatile and capable premium compact SUV. The first member of the new Discovery family, Discovery Sport, features 5+2 seating.
Discovery Sport’s progressive design approach defines the new Discovery family with optimised volume, proportions and stance. “Our challenge has been to combine premium design with exceptional versatility; the two attributes must work in harmony,” said Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer.
Land Rover digitally revealed the new Discovery Sport at Spaceport America in New Mexico, USA, also launching the Land Rover Galactic Discovery competition. Four friends are set to win a once-in-a-lifetime trip to space with Land Rover’s global partner, Virgin Galactic as part of an innovative digital competition at www.landrover.com/gotospace.
Discovery Sport features high-quality materials. Storage solutions are integrated into the cabin and up to four 12V power points and six USB charging sockets can be specified for all three rows of seating, allowing multiple electronic devices to be charged simultaneously.
Coupled with supple long-travel suspension, the innovative rear axle ensures the Discovery Sport is comfortable to drive on-road, while retaining the breadth of all-terrain capability for which Land Rover is world-renowned. With approach, departure and breakover angles of 25, 31 and 21 degrees respectively, Terrain Response technology, and the ability to wade to 600mm, Discovery Sport offers class-leading capability in all conditions.
With safety being priority, the new Discovery Sport has a first-in-class pedestrian airbag, autonomous emergency braking, and a state-of-the-art bodyshell featuring both ultra-high-strength steel and lightweight aluminium.
The Discovery Sport will be equipped with a range of four-cylinder turbocharged petrol and diesel engines. Both the all-alloy Si4 2.0-litre petrol engine and the 2.2-litre turbodiesel feature stop-start technology, high-pressure direct injection, low-friction internal components and smart regenerative charging for outstanding performance and economy.
Later in 2015, a highly efficient ED4 turbodiesel engine will join the range with CO2 emissions of just 119g/km. Both 9-speed automatic and 6-speed manual transmissions are available, along with a choice of two- or four-wheel-drive.
Discovery Sport goes on sale in early 2015 alongside the existing seven-seat Land Rover Discovery in over 170 markets worldwide.