Land Rover releases the first pictures of its new Discovery Sport, which goes on sale in January and replaces the Freelander.
Land Rover has unveiled its Discovery Sport, which will replace theFreelander and sit below the existing Discovery in the company’s range.
Speaking about the new car, Gerry McGovern, Land Rover’s Design Director and Chief Creative Officer, said: “Our challenge was to combine premium design with exceptional versatility. I’m proud to say we’ve achieved that.”
Key to the Discovery Sport’s versatility is the fact that it will come with seven seats as standard, whereas rivals such as the BMW X3 and Volvo XC60 make do with five.
Land Rover describes the layout as “5+2 seating”, which suggests that the rear two will be smaller than the forward five. But the second row of seats do slide back and forth to help you make the most of the available space.he Discovery Sport is also said to have numerous storage solutions inside to boost its appeal to families. Plus it will be available with up to four 12V power points and six USB sockets, allowing multiple electronic devices to be charged simultaneously.Other equipment includes an eight-inch touchscreen entertainment system and, in a first for the class, a pedestrian airbag.
When sales start in January, the only engine option will be Land Rover’s 187bhp 2.0-litre SD4 diesel, but buyers will be able to choose between a six-speed manual gearbox and a nine-speed automatic.
A lower-powered, eD4 model is due to follow later in 2015, and this should emit just 119g/km of CO2, making it one of the cleanest cars of its kind.
The Discovery Sport is said to be have off-road ability worthy of a Land Rover
Land Rover is also promising that the Discovery Sport will be comfortable and rewarding to drive on-road, while retaining the breadth of all-terrain ability for which the brand is renowned.
The SD4 diesel model will be priced from £32,395, while the eD4 diesel will be available for less than £30,000.
A fixed-price service plan will be offered from launch, providing five years or 50,000 miles worth of servicing (whichever comes sooner) for a one-off fee of £499.
We ride in the Discovery Sport
Source : www.telegraph.co.uk