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Freelander replaced by Discovery Sport


WITH an impressive portfolio of products, Land Rover has revealed the new Discovery Sport which will only improve upon its recent success. This premium compact SUV is the first member of the new Discovery family.

Discovery Sport, features 5+2 seating in a footprint no larger than existing 5-seat premium SUVs. Its design defines the new Discovery family with optimised volume, proportions and stance.

The Sport’s interior has been designed with customers at its core. It features high-quality materials and a strong vertical centre console graphic, while storage solutions are integrated into the cabin and up to four 12V power points and six USB charging sockets can be specified for all three rows of seating, allowing multiple electronic devices to be charged simultaneously.

A host of innovations has allowed Discovery Sport to introduce the versatility of 5+2 seating into the premium compact SUV class for the first time. An all-new multi-link rear axle provides engaging driving dynamics and also provides ample and flexible cabin space behind the second row.

Coupled with long-travel suspension, the rear axle also ensures the Discovery Sport is comfortable, refined and rewarding to drive on-road, while retaining the breadth of all-terrain capability for which Land Rover is renowned.

Its approach, departure and breakover angles of 25, 31 and 21 degrees respectively combined with Terrain Response technology, and the ability to wade to 600mm, Discovery Sport should offer serious capability in all conditions.

At launch the Discovery Sport will be equipped with a range of four-cylinder turbocharged petrol and diesel engines. Both the all-alloy Si4 2.0-litre petrol engine and the 2.2-litre turbo diesel feature high-pressure direct injection, low-friction internal components and smart regenerative charging. The nine-speed automatic transmission is fitted as standard, along with four-wheel-drive.

The new Discovery Sport is set to be released locally midway through 2015 while the car has already made its debut at Spaceport America in New Mexico, USA, where the Land Rover Galactic Discovery competition was announced. Four friends are set to win a once-in-a-lifetime trip to space with Virgin Galactic as part of a digital competition here. 


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