Get ready for the all new 2015 Land Rover ‘Discovery Sport’

2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport 1 Get ready for the all new 2015 Land Rover ‘Discovery Sport’

2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport 4 Get ready for the all new 2015 Land Rover ‘Discovery Sport’

The British Land Rover brand (under the manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover) was first used back in 1948 but started functioning as a separate company in 1978. Currently it is owned by Tata Motors after its acquisition of Jaguar Land Rover in 2008. Land Rover is known as a specialist of four-wheel-drive cars and is also the world’s second oldest four-wheel-drive car brand, the first being Jeep. The brand only builds SUV cars of different sizes under the Land Rover name and the flagship Range Rover series. At present there are six major models of Land Rover- ‘Defender’, ‘Freedom’, ‘Discovery’, ‘Range Rover’, ‘Range Rover Evoque’ and ‘Range Rover Sport’. The ‘Discovery’ was first launched in 1989 and is currently in its fourth generation. Land Rover has recently announced a new 2015 model year ‘Discovery Sport’ model that will be sold alongside the fourth generation ‘Discovery’ and will replace the successful ‘Land Rover Freedom’. Its segment rivals include ‘BMW X3’, and ‘Audi Q5’.

The makers are giving a lot of importance to this new model as it not only introduces new seating configurations but also new technological innovations like touch-screen infotainment and Autonomous emergency braking. Jaguar Land Rover’s Marketing Director Phil Popham described the launch of the new car as a pivotal moment in the brand’s 66-year history. It is not just the very first member of the new ‘Discovery’ family but also introduces ‘5+2 seating’ in the compact SUV segment. The new model was developed at the Land Rover Development Center. It will be based on Ford EUCD platform. The deliveries are scheduled to start in early 2015. The makers have also made sure that the new car has the ability to go off-road when necessary. The success of this new model can mark an important turn in the company history.

Exterior/Interior

The designing team led by Gerry McGovern has clearly taken design inspiration from the Range Rover models, especially the ‘Evoque’. The body is longer than the ‘Freedom’ but at the same time is narrower and lower. It has a two bar radiator grille with mesh and a clamshell hood design. There are large air intakes at the front and the headlight design is wraparound and slim. While halogen headlights with regular daytime running lamps are standard, buyers can upgrade to Xenon lights with LED running lamps. Land Rover will be offering five designs for the alloy wheels (19 or 20 inches). There are also several exterior colors- Santorini Black, Fuji White, Indus Silver, Scotia Grey, Corris Grey, Loire Blue, Firenze Red, Kaikoura Stone and Yulong White (limited edition).

Land Rover has developed a comfortable interior both for the driver and the passengers. The passenger space has been increased and foldable third row seating has been introduced. There are several variants of leather seats available, depending on the model version. There is a multi-function steering wheel with three spoke design. The instrument cluster has been made very easy to read. There are twin analog dials and a 5 inch TFT color display that is located between the main gauges. Other highlights include- dual zone climate control and four power charging points (12V) where you can charge electronic devices like the iPod. There is a new advanced infotainment system in the car that comes with 8-inch touch screen. It offers Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth and satellite navigation. Buyers will also get to choose from 10 speaker/ 11 speaker audio systems.

Engine

At the moment there is only one engine option- a 2.0 liter gasoline/ petrol engine with 240 hp and torque of 250 lb.-ft. It is paired with a nine-speed ZF transmission. A turbo diesel engine is expected to be launched next year.

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