A luxurious and premium compact SUV from Land Rover was totally unexpected but perhaps these legendary SUV makers has planned to launch a product which will perhaps be more practical and which separates the compact SUV’s from the bigger Land Rover SUV’s. It was secret project for a very long time but finally Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer, Gerry McGovern, made it official at the 2014 New York International Auto Show, that the new product will be called the Discovery Sport and it will go on sale from the year 2015 onward. He also included that this will be their first product which will carry some of the features of the Discovery Vision Concept unveiled at the New York Auto Show.
There were many speculations about how this new SUV will look like and how will it differ from the already existing Discovery family. Remember it is also the replacement of the Freelander so it have to be better than the existing vehicle, with the new Discovery Sport Land Rover will target new types of buyers who loves to own a stylish, compact and premium luxury SUV. Few days earlier Land Rover released some official images of the Discovery Sport being tested with a creative camouflage which clearly revealed its 5+2 seating configuration.
Recently Land Rover released yet another video in which the cabin and some of the other interior details are highlighted and from just a small glimpse it is clear that Land Rover has done a fantastic job with the new cabin. Now that Land Rover has finally released official images of Discovery Sport inspired from the Discover Sport Vision concept, we can certainly say that this new vehicle looks like nothing else. Remember this is a compact SUV but comes with 5+2 seating options and also keeping the heritage in mind this SUV definitely has the Land Rover’s DNA of being a capable offroader too. This new family member from Land Rover will definitely go on sale in the Indian market by the second half of 2015.
Updated 20/08/14 Land Rover launched a teaser video of the cabin of the upcoming Discovery Sport.
Updated 29/07/14 Land Rover launched some official images of the Discovery Sport being tested with the camouflage.
Update 02/09/15: Land Rover launched the Discovery sport in India today with prices starting at INR. 46.5 Lakhs (ex showroom Mumbai). The Discover Sport will be replacing the existing Freelander in India.
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Land Rover Released some official images of the Land Rover Discover Sport being tested with a creative Camouflage which clearly shows it 5+2 seating options.
As already mentioned above this is the first member of the new Discovery family, the Discovery Sport design has been inspired from the Discovery sport Vision Concept.
A major issue with almost all the Land Rover SUV’s is their boxy designs but this new Discovery Sport does not look boxy at all more importantly this SUV looks compact and well proportioned. The front with its newly designed grille and very minutely designed headlamps gives the SUV a dominating character, the front is further accented by the newly sculpted bonnet and the huge sculpted front bumper. While the side profile with the huge glass area looks really interesting, take a closer look and you will notice that the roofline gently descends towards the rear of the SUV which actually make the SUV appear sportier. Towards the rear of this SUV there is newly designed tail lamps which looks extremely futuristic and the presence of rear spoiler make things more interesting.
Land Rover also unveiled a short video and few images of the interiors of the upcoming Discovery Sport. The Discovery Sport will be unveiled infront of the crowd at the Paris Motor Show.
In the above provided video you can clearly watch that the cabin and some of its features are highlighted as well as teased. The Discovery Sport will feature unique 5+2 flexible seating layout while it will also come with a full panoramic roof. Gerry McGovern, Design Director and Chief Creative Officer said the Discovery Sport with its 5+2 seating will provide generous load space and will feature configurable seating. He also added that the upcoming compact SUV from Land Rover truly deserves to wear the Discovery badge.
The Discovery Sport interior is built of high quality materials, the interior is really practical because it comes with plenty of storage options integrated into the cabin itself, there are four 12 V sockets and six USB charging socket which are available with all the three rows of seating via which the occupants can charge multiple electronic instruments. Although this is a compact SUV but Land Rover has designed it in such a way that it supports 5+2 seating.
The new Discovery Sport also comes with all-new multi-link rear axle which not only allows impressive and engaging driving dynamics but also an impressive space behind the rear seats. At the front the Discovery Sport also gets Head-Up Display which will help the driver to concentrate more on the roade while driving and also stay informed at the same time, In the center console an all-new 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system will keep the occupants entertained, the tilt-and-slide row-two seating will allow maximum interior configurability.
The Land Rover Discovery Sport has been launched in India with the 2.2 Litre diesel engine option which is available in two states of tune.
The TD4 variant produces about 148 BHp of peak power and 400 Nm of torque while the more powerful SD4 variant produces about 188 BHP of peak power and 420 NM of torque. All the models of the Discovery sport comes paired to a 9 speed automatic transmission which also does duty with the drivetrains of the Evoque. Apart from the 9 speed gearbox all the variant of the Discovery Sport also gets terrain response system, power assisted steering wheel etc.
The Land Rover Discovery Sport is built around on a steel monocoque chassis which is also used by other Land Rover SUV’s like the stylish Evoque. The Discovery Sport has been fitted with existing strut front long-travel suspension and the new and improved coil-sprung multi-link rear suspension which makes sure that the SUV is always refined and comfortable both on and off road.
This may be a compact SUV and also weighs much lesser than the existing Freelander but it has all the Land Rovers capabilities of performing some serious offroading duty, this SUV has a breakover angles of 25, 31 and 21 degrees respectively while it also comes with Land Rovers popular Terrain response technology and water wading capability of 600 meters. This SUV also sports a new and improved braking system which adds to handling characteristics of the SUV.
All the variant of the Discovery Sport which has been laubched in India gets Hill Descent control, ANti Lock Braking system, Electronic Traction control, Roll stability Control, Dynamic Stability Control and Park Assist system.
The Land Rover Discovery Sport comes with plenty of safety features which include a pedestrian airbag, autonomous emergency braking and also a bodyshell which is built with ultra-high-strength steel and lightweight aluminium.
Land Rover launched the Discovery Sport and it will be brought in the market via the CKD route. The ex showroom prices of the Discover sport has been provided below:
|Variant||Price (in lakhs ex showroom Mumbai)|
|2.2L TD4 Diesel S (5 Seats)||46.10|
|2.2L TD4 Diesel SE (5 Seats)||51.01|
|2.2L TD4 Diesel SE (5+2 Seats)||52.50|
|2.2L TD4 Diesel HSE (5 Seats)||53.34|
|2.2L TD4 Diesel HSE (5+2 Seats)||54.83|
|2.2L SD4 Diesel HSE Luxury (5 Seats)||60.70|
|2.2L SD4 Diesel HSE Luxury (5+2 Seats)||62.18|
All Land Rover Discovery Sport models carry a standard 3 year/ 1,00,000km warranty (whichever is earlier).
The upcoming Discovery Sport will face some tough competition from the Audi Q5 when it will be launched in the Indian market.
The third generation X3 has not received a huge amount of change on its exterior but it surely has everything to it which will help it to compete with its rivals in its segment. The X3 is available with two engine options in India the X Drive 20D which is powered by a four cylinder diesel unit and it is capable of producing about 184 of maximum power at 4000 rpm and 380 Nm of torque between 1,750 – 2,750 rpm while the more powerful straight 6 cylinder diesel engine produces about 258 bhp of maximum power and 560 Nm of massive torque between 2,000-2,750 rpm. Both these engines come mated to a 8 speed automatic transmission.
It was launched in the Indian market back in the year 2009 and although it didn’t became as popular as its big brother the Q7 we have to agree that this too is one worthy SUV. This SUV is available with both diesel and petrol engine options which is its biggest advantage. The 1984cc 4-cyls in-line direct injection turbo-petrol engine generates maximum power of 221bhp at 4500-6200rpm and 35.6kgm of torque at 1750-4500rpm, the other 1968cc 4-cyl inline turbo diesel engine generates 174bhp of maximum power at 1750-2500rpm and 38.7kgm at 1500-2500rpm. Whereas the bigger 2967cc V6 turbo diesel engine generates 245bhp of maximum power at 4000-4500rpm and maximum torque of 59 kgm at 1400-3250rpm. The pricing of this SUV starts from about Rs. 43.17 Lakhs.
The Land Rover Dicsovery Sport definitely brings with it fresh new styling and many modern technologies. This new SUV will be built at the Land Rover Plant in Halewood, U.K and will be available in more than 170 markets across the World.
Do not expect these engines to be over enthusiastic but it can certainly take you to different places. The huge amount of torque on the other hand will help you to actually overcome any obstacles if you plan to take your vehicle offroad. This Land Rover has got some offroading capability which are further supported by the terrain responsive system. Apart from all that the vehicle also has good departure and approach and even ramp breakover angles. It can also wade through 600 mm of water which is pretty impressive for this SUV.