Freelander Replacement Set For Success
Unveiled at the Paris Motor Show, the long-awaited Land Rover Discovery Sport is proving to be a huge success with the manufacturer reporting 1,200 orders received in just three weeks.
The new compact SUV – which replaces the Freelander – is modelled on the hugely successful Range Rover Evoque and looks set to be equally popular. Commercial success will of course mean a production and jobs boost for the Halewood manufacturing plant on Merseyside.
The Discovery Sport goes on UK sale from January 22nd and will sit alongside the existing larger seven-seater, full-size Discovery. Prices range from £ 32,395 to £ 42,995 and there will be four trim levels to choose from at launch: SE, SE Tech (when navigation becomes standard), HSE and HSE Lux.
The launch model will deploy an efficient SD4 four cylinder diesel engine, four-wheel drive, with either advanced nine-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission. An eD4 turbodiesel version is to be introduced later in 2015 from under £ 30,000 and with frugal CO2 estimated at around 119g/km.
The new car is stylish and sporty with all the usual family friendly features you expect from a Discovery. It sits on a heavily modified version of the platform that ’ s used for the Freelander and Range Rover Evoque . It boasts some stunning detailing such as the front lights (with new LED signature) and grille, creases along the sides and the number plate recess on the boot.
The Discovery Sport comes with clever technology inside and out. A large eight-inch touchscreen dominates the dashboard, which operates just like a smartphone. 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.