As we know, the new Land Rover Discovery Sport, to replace the Freelander series, has been fully unveiled as of yesterday.
The vehicle is the first model in the second phase of Land Rover’s regeneration plan. It goes on sale soon and orders will be fulfilled early next year.
The new Discovery is available with two choices of gearbox and only one choice of engine, at first. Prices range between £32,395 to £42,995. However, the eD4 Diesel will arrive later in 2015 priced under £30,000.
The following trim levels are available: SE, SE Tech, HSE, and HSE Lux.
The backbone to the new Disco is based upon a modified version of what the Freelander and Evqoue sit on. No new platform and aluminium body, unfortunately.
You might recall that in a previous episode of Land Rover’s Live, we talked about the new Ingenium family of engines. The highly efficient 2.0 litre diesel and turbocharged petrol models. You might expect one of these to be present in the new Discovery, but alas this isn’t the case. The new Disco comes with a 187hp, 2.2 litre, SD4 engine which is currently in the Jaguar Land Rover range.
9 speed automatic or six speed manual options in terms of the gearbox, four or two wheel drive transmission, and an average of 46mpg, adds to the allure. With the new eD4 engine, next year, bringing emissions down from 157g/km to 119g/km.
The new Discovery is also longer, lower, and narrower, than the current Freelander.
“It’s important to get the right level of differentiation between the families”
“The Discoveries are more of a radical departure than the Range Rovers, but we’re tailoring vehicles to individual customers’ needs. Existing Discovery owners told us they wanted something more premium and less brutal, so that’s what we’re delivering.”
(Gerry McGovern – English Design Director for Land Rover)
The new model also features many aesthetic differences, such as particular detail on the front headlights and grille, with an LED signature, recessed number plate on the boot. It also has revised pillars, reverse angled C pillars, for better visibility.
“Premium, but rugged…”
As we knew, it will come with seven seats as standard, however, the additional two at the back seem only suitable for those with a shorter frame due to space issues. There are, though, multiple, convenient, cubby holes, for extra storage.
Attention has been paid to the in-car-entertainment capabilities, with an all new ‘infotainment’ system, featuring an eight inch touchscreen with pinch to zoom and swipe functionality.
There is, of course, the new, intriguing, implementation of Land Rover’s recently unveiled ‘InControl’ system, with applications such as internet radio, SatNav, onboard WiFi, and even room for a 17-speaker Meridian sound system.
There’s also another screen to distract you, this time in the form of a 5″ TFT, giving key information readouts and for off-road mode.
Safety has been jacked up too, the Disco features an autonomous, emergency, brake system, that works at speeds up to 50mph. Even an external airbag, for the unlucky pedestrian you might strike, which pops out from under the windscreen if an impact is detected.
If driving wasn’t being made easy enough as it is, there are even more electrical features available designed to do all the work for you. Lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, and stability systems to aid towing.
A funky, new, axle, is present. A compact, multi-link, axle, which betters the ride and handling. Other benefits include, due to the modified shell, the ability to fit a full size spare wheel whilst not impinging on the capaciousness of the interior, even with the three foldaway seats.
Once again, speed isn’t everything, with a butt-cheek clenching 0-60 in 8.4 seconds. A grand top speed of 117mph.