The new Land Rover Discovery Sport offers 5+2 seating yet it will also emit just 119g/km CO2 when a new eD4 turbodiesel engine appears in a two-wheel drive version in 2015.
The first member of the new Discovery family, Discovery Sport, features 5+2 seating in a footprint no larger than existing 5-seat premium SUVs. It also looks fantastic and will no doubt continue the turnaround in Land Rover sales started by the Evoque.
An all-new multi-link rear axle assists with improved interior packaging, yet the Discovery Sport also promises good driving dynamics on and off-road. It has approach, departure and breakover angles of 25, 31 and 21 degrees respectively, Terrain Response technology, and the ability to wade to 600mm.
The 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. There’s also an all-new 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and standard tilt-and-slide row-two seating for maximum interior configurability.
From launch in the UK, the new Discovery Sport will be equipped with the 2.2-litre SD4 turbodiesel engine producing 190PS, featuring stop-start technology, high-pressure direct injection, low-friction internal components and smart regenerative charging. Both 9-speed automatic and 6-speed manual transmissions are available.
Later in 2015, a two-wheel drive eD4 turbodiesel engine will join the range with CO2 emissions expected to be from just 119g/km.
Discovery Sport will be produced at Land Rover’s manufacturing facility at Halewood, Liverpool. It goes on sale in January 2015 in the UK alongside the existing seven-seat Land Rover Discovery.
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