Land Rover revealed the new Discovery Sport, a versatile compact SUV that is the first member of the new Discovery vehicle family. It provides seven-passenger seating in a “5+2” configuration. The 2015 Discovery Sport will deliver a combination of performance, safety and efficiency thanks to a body shell of high-strength steel and lightweight aluminum, a 240hp turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, nine-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive.
Built on a 107.9-inch (2,741mm) wheelbase the Discovery Sport has a 180.7-inch. (4.59 mm) overall length.
The Discovery Sport will offer a wide palette of exterior color options: Fuji White, Santorini Black, Corris Grey, Indus Silver, Loire Blue, Scotia Grey, Kaikoura Stone, Firenze Red, and a limited edition color, Yulong White.
An available “Black Pack” trim package emphasizes the vehicle’s sporty stance, with gloss-black used for the grille, door mirror caps, front fender vents, and badging. The package also includes a choice of 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels. A contrast roof, available in Santorini Black, extends to the base of the A-pillars. Five distinctive alloy wheel designs will be available with Silver or Gloss Black finishes.
The new Land Rover Discovery gets its efficient power from the same turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine as the Range Rover Evoque. A nine-speed automatic transmission and Haldex All-Wheel Drive are both standard.
Producing 240hp at 5,500rpm and 250 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,750 RPM, the 2.0 liter engine offers excellent performance and flexibility.
The vehicle goes on sale in early 2015 alongside the existing seven-seat Land Rover LR4 in the US, which is sold as the Discovery in over 170 markets worldwide.