Handsome New Land Rover Discovery Sport Breaks Cover
Do you hear that? Across the world, throngs of fans with mud on their faces and Land Rovers in their driveways are cheering, vigorously, to welcome the newest member of the fraternity. And it’s a keeper. This is the all-new 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport, and it enters this world with a laundry list of lofty expectations, whilst headlining a new family of Discovery vehicles and replacing the aged LR2. But luckily, the Disco Sport has some compelling technology on its side. PHOTOS: See More of the 2014 Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept
On the outside, it’s exactly what you’d expect from a next-generation Land Rover. The seven-passenger Discovery Sport (5+2 seating) boasts impactful styling, an aggressive rising beltline, and searing wrap-around halogen headlights to tick the visual boxes, but at the same time provides five-door functionality, skid plates, and compact proportions.
Underneath the Discovery Sport’s lightweight unibody – composed of steel, high-strength boron steel, and aluminum – the Disco packs a formidable 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, walloping 240-horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque.
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And as standard, that grunt is channeled through a nine-speed ZF automatic gearbox to all four corners via a Haldex torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system.
Though it doesn’t shout its off-road upbringing quite like its Land Rover LR4 sibling, the Discovery Sport’s additional Terrain Response system should be able to handle the tough stuff. It includes Hill Descent Control (HDC), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Electronic Traction Control (ETC), and a bevy of other three-letter acronyms. Importantly, the Sport packs approach, departure, and breakover angles of 25, 31, and 21 degrees to ensure all those elegant body panels remain nick-free.
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The Disco heralds a compact multi-link rear suspension, which at 13.4-inches of wheel articulation, provides serious wheel travel but should also follow-up on the model’s ‘Sport’ badge as well by providing balanced on-road driving characteristics. Up front, the platform shares many suspension components with Range Rover Evoque.
The 2015 Discovery Sport will arrive in dealerships early next year starting at $37,995 and sell alongside the LR4. We like that very much.
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