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New Land Rover Discovery Sport Preview

Land Rover Discovery Sport: Introduction, Engine, Terrain Response And Seats

The Land Rover Discovery Sport is many things to many people. Firstly – to its manufacturer – it is a replacement for the Freelander and the first of a family of new “Discovery” badged cars. Its bedfellows will make their presence felt over the next few years. To some people, in contrast, the Discovery Sport is a hard-core mud-plunger that powers through fields and leaps over rocks, etc. It can wade through six-hundred millimetres of water too. Such strengths come courtesy of wide departure/approach angles and a terrain response system. The latter changes parameters such as the ride height, transmission and throttle response to best suit the conditions. Options include: grass, gravel and snow, mud and ruts, etc. Power comes via a 2.2-litre, 190bhp, diesel engine that can be teamed with nine-speed auto or six-speed manual transmission (like the Range Rover Evoque). An alternative engine will follow in due course (with two-wheel-drive). And for some people this car is a spacious people carrier. As such, UK models have seven seats and a large boot. This capacity, in part, comes courtesy of a compact rear axle which saves space. But for others drivers this workhorse is a fashion statement. The enviable badge and sharp styling ensure that. The latter is a blend of Evoque, Freelander and Discovery. It looks striking - and to some car buyers that is crucial.

New Land Rover Discovery Sport Equipment

In contrast, the Discovery Sport is for some people a technological marvel. Highlights – many of which are optional - include the autonomous emergency braking system that scans the road ahead for hazards via a digital camera. If the motorist fails to notice that (say) a lorry has lost speed, it brakes automatically to avoid a collision. At the very least this mitigates its severity. The Discovery Sport can park itself too (almost). The parallel park system, therefore, enables it to identify suitable spaces and steer inside. The motorist controls the throttle and brakes, etc. Parking exit, in contrast, steers out of the bay. There is a perpendicular feature too. These systems complement equipment that entertains rear passengers. This incorporates screens in the front headrests, digital headphones and a remote control. There are also numerous USB charging ports throughout the vehicle for phones, etc. The panoramic roof, heated leather steering wheel, pedestrian airbag, heated/cooled seats and superb audio system emphasis that this is a quality product. The motorist can even change the lighting in the cabin to suit his/her mood. So – as we previously claimed – this machine is many things to many people. The Land Rover Discovery Sport is available in the United Kingdom from January 2015.

UK pricing to start from under £30,000 for eD4 variant later in 2015 and £32,395 (SD4) from January 2015