Land Rover unveils new Discovery Sport
MANAMA, September 3, 2014
Land Rover has unveiled the new Discovery Sport, a top versatile and capable premium compact sports utility vehicle (SUV).
The first member of the new Discovery family, Discovery Sport, features 5+2 seating in a footprint no larger than the existing five-seat premium SUVs, said a statement.
The model’s progressive new design approach defines the new Discovery family with optimised volume, proportions and stance, it said. Its design leadership combines with engineering integrity to result in a dynamic profile, the ultimate use of interior space and 5+2 seating configurability.
Gerry McGovern, design director and chief creative officer, said: “Our challenge has been to combine premium design with exceptional versatility; the two attributes must work in harmony.
“I’m proud to say we’ve achieved that; Discovery Sport’s dynamic design will resonate on an emotional level with consumers, and this vehicle is more versatile than any other premium compact SUV on the market.”
Land Rover digitally revealed the new Discovery Sport at Spaceport America in New Mexico, US, also launching the Land Rover Galactic Discovery competition, said the statement.
Four friends are set to win a once-in-a-lifetime trip to space with Land Rover’s global partner, Virgin Galactic as part of an innovative digital competition, it said.
Coupled with supple long-travel suspension, the innovative rear axle ensures the Discovery Sport is comfortable, refined and rewarding to drive on-road, while retaining the breadth of all-terrain capability. In fact, with approach, departure and breakover angles of 25, 31 and 21 degrees respectively, Terrain Response technology, and the ability to wade to 600mm, Discovery Sport offers class-leading capability in all conditions.
Safety has been a key priority in the development of the new Discovery Sport, resulting in a first-in-class pedestrian airbag, autonomous emergency braking, and a state-of-the-art bodyshell featuring both ultra-high-strength steel and lightweight aluminium.
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 turbodiesel feature stop-start technology, high-pressure direct injection, low-friction internal components and smart regenerative charging for outstanding performance and economy.
A highly efficient ED4 turbo diesel engine will join the range later next year, with CO2 emissions of just 119-g per km. Both nine-speed automatic and six-speed manual transmissions will be available, along with a choice of two- or four-wheel-drive.
Phil Popham, Jaguar Land Rover Group marketing director, said: “Not only does Discovery Sport mark the introduction of the first new member of our expanding Discovery family, it also brings the versatility of 5+2 seating to the compact premium SUV market. Discovery Sport’s versatility is a key differentiator. It is quite simply the most accomplished vehicle in its segment.”
The model will be produced at Land Rover’s manufacturing facility at Halewood, Liverpool and will go on sale early next year, alongside the existing seven-sea Land Rover Discovery in over 170 markets worldwide, the statement added. - TradeArabia News Service