Jaguar Land Rover are experiencing a real surge in popularity that has heralded new models and further technological development in future platforms. Big changes are afoot as Land Rover divides itself into three distinct families. Range Rover, Discovery and Defender. Sitting within the all-new Discovery sub-brand is the Land Rover Discovery Sport. A seven seat replacement for the old Freelander. Today it has been unveiled to the world.
As mentioned in a previous article where the interior of this SUV was teased, the new Land Rover Discovery Sport plays at an advantage in its class seating seven as standard. The exterior design is exceedingly premium but also sports a highly functional look. The sloping roofline and smaller design details have clearly been influenced by the Range Rover Evoque. It possess a dominant stance enhanced by its steeply raked profile. Inside the cabin is full of technology including large touchscreen infotainment panel, 3G hotspot and the usual offloading functions that make Land Rovers good at what they do. Space has been maximised via a new rear multi-link suspension that gets rid of protruding suspension towers. Weight saving has been top of the engineers agenda and so this new car weighs in at just 1,817KG. That is about the same as the old Freelander despite this Sport being slightly larger. From launch the car will only be available as a 4×4 with 188BHP from a 2.2 litre diesel engine. Later more efficient engines will join the range along with the option of front wheel drive.
The all-new Land Rover Discovery Sport goes on sale 22 January 2015.