The First Land Rover Discovery Sport Has Rolled Off The Production Line.

The versatile and compact SUV goes on sale early next year – with the manufacturer reporting strong consumer demand for the Freelander replacement.  Orders roll in for Land Rover Discovery Sport.

Priced from £32,395 to £42,995, there will be four trims to choose from: SE, SE Tec, HSE and the top of the range HSE Lux.  A cheaper two wheel drive model, priced at less than £30,000, will go on sale soon after and a more frugal turbo diesel model is due to arrive in the middle of 2015.

From launch, the Land Rover Discovery Sport will only be available with the 187bhp 2.2-litre diesel engine from the current Freelander and Range Rover Evoque. Performance from the 2.2-litre diesel engine is responsive taking the Sport from 0-60mph in 8.4 seconds.  The nine-speed automatic gearbox is the same as the Range Rover Evoque – delivering smooth and responsive shifts even when driving quickly.

The Discovery Sport comes with clever technology inside and out. A large eight-inch touchscreen dominates the dashboard, which operates just like a smartphone – including the ability to swipe through screens and to ‘pinch’ to zoom in and out.

There is also Land Rover's InControl system featuring everything from Internet radio to sat-nav plus on-board WiFi. Other clever kit is also available, including traffic-sign recognition, lane-departure warning and even a system to help stabilise the car when towing.

The Discovery Sport goes on UK sale from January 22nd and will sit alongside the existing larger seven-seater, full-size Discovery.