The design approach to the Discovery Sport defines the new Discovery family, with its dynamic profile, smart use of interior space, and 5+2 seating in a footprint that's no larger than that of existing five-seat premium SUVs. According to the British SUV maker, this was made possible through the use of an all-new multilink rear axle that not only enhances the vehicle's driving dynamics, but also provides ample and flexible cabin space behind the second-row seats. Coupled with a long-travel suspension, the rear axle also ensures that the Discovery Sport is "comfortable, refined and rewarding to drive on-road, while retaining the breadth of all-terrain capability for which Land Rover is world-renowned."
"Our challenge has been to combine premium design with exceptional versatility; the two attributes must work in harmony," said Land Rover design boss Gerry McGovern. "I'm proud to say we've achieved that. The 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 Discovery Sport will initially be available with a range of four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines, with both the all-alloy 2.0-liter gasoline and 2.2-liter turbodiesel mills featuring stop-start technology, high-pressure direct injection, low-friction internal components, and smart regenerative charging "for outstanding performance and economy." In 2015, a highly efficient ED4 turbodiesel engine will join the range with carbon-dioxide emissions of just 119g/km. Transmission choices for the Discovery Sport include a nine-speed automatic and a six-speed manual.
"Not only does the Discovery Sport mark the introduction of the first new member of our expanding Discovery family, it also brings the versatility of 5+2 seating to the compact premium SUV market," said Jaguar Land Rover Group marketing director Phil Popham. "The Discovery Sport's versatility is a key differentiator. It is quite simply the most accomplished vehicle in its segment."
The Discovery Sport will go on sale in 2015 alongside the current seven-seat Discovery.