Land Rover has newly launched the 2015 Discovery Sport after providing a glimpse of its interior two weeks ago. It will be the the first member of the new Discovery model range and was dubbed by the British automaker as "the world's most versatile and capable premium compact SUV."
The body shell is constructed from a mix of high-strength steel and lightweight aluminum and is underpinned with long-travel suspension along with a new rear axle. The new multi-link rear suspension not only enables an appealing drive but also provides enough space for the 3rd row seats according to Land Rover. It is also capable of traversing waters of up to 600mm.
The front end of the car features a distinctive grill coupled with projector headlights with a circular trim design, foglamps and a power bulge hood. A sloping roofline highlights the side profile of the car that is reminiscent of the Range Rover Evoque. At the back, further design cues from the Range Rover Evoque continue like the rear spoiler on the roof, the circular taillight design, and the twin exhaust pipes.
Inside, a fully adjustable 5+2 seating configuration is used and can be equipped with six USB charging sockets and four 12V power points, allowing simultaneous charging of electronic devices for all rows of seats. Storage bins have also been integrated for each row. The center console has an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, rotary switches, and an engine start/stop button. The instrument panel has its gauges illuminated by a blue light and comes with a multi-information display. Completing the interior amenities of the car is a new heads-up display and a panoramic sunroof
Engine options include an aluminum Si4 2.0-liter inline-four gasoline engine and a 2.2-liter inline-four turbo-diesel engine. Both engines will employ stop-start technology, direct injection, low friction internal components and regenerative charging. In 2015, an efficient ED4 turbo-diesel engine will be added to the range and will have C02 emissions of just 119g/km. A 9-speed automatic and 6-speed manual gearbox will be available as well as a choice of two- or four-wheel drive.
Rounding off the other equipment it has are a pedestrian airbag, an autonomous emergency braking system, and Terrain Response technology.
"Not only does 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. Discovery Sport's versatility is a key differentiator. It is quite simply the most accomplished vehicle in its segment,” said Phil Popham, Jaguar Land Rover Group Marketing Director.
The car will be manufactured at Land Rover's facility in Halewood, Liverpool and will go on sale in early 2015 in over 170 markets worldwide.
Watch the video below and see the Land Rover Discovery Sport in its entirety.