The Land Rover Discovery Sport has been launched and will go on sale in January 2015. It will priced from a little under £30,000 when the eD4 model goes on sale later in 2015, but initially the entry SE model will cost £32,395 with the top of the range HSE Lux model starting at £41,195.
The Discovery Sport sits on a modified Freelander platform but offers 5+2 seating, which will have some impact on boot space but offers more flexibility - although the two rear seats are only really suitable for pre-teens. With all the seats in use the boot will accommodate 195 litres of cargo, which increases to 830 litres in 5+0 configuration or 1698 litres with all the rear-seats folded down.
There is an all-new infotainment system comprising an 8-inch tablet inspired touch screen which controls the audio functionality, navigation (SE TECH and above), trip data, climate control, and telephone connectivity. It will work in-conjunction with smartphones, to offer additional applications and Wi-Fi accessibility.
Depending on the powertrain, the Discovery Sport will offer the option of two or four-wheel-drive - and will feature Terrain Response to aid traction both on and off-road.
All models will offer autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning and hill start assist.
From launch the Discovery Sport will be powered by the familiar 2.2 litre SD4 turbodiesel engine producing which produces 190 PS, which can be seen in other Jaguar Land Rover products such as the XF and Evoque. It will be offered with the choice of either 9-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmissions.
In manual form it will accelerate from 0-60 mph in 9.9 seconds and is capable of 46.3 on the combined cycle (NEDC figures) - CO2 emissions equal 162 g/km.
The 9-speed automatic produces 166 g/km CO2 emissions, 44.8 mpg with a 0-60 time of 8.4 seconds.� Both cars have a top-speed of 117 mph.
Later in 2015 an eD4 diesel will join the line-up promising lower C02 emissions of around 119 g/km and the option of two-wheel-drive.
There are four trim levels, ‘SE’, ‘SE Tech’, ‘HSE’ and ‘HSE Lux’ -
Currently the range starts with £32,395 Discovery Sport ‘SE’ which is equipped with partial leather 5+2 seating, climate control, heated steering wheel, cruise control, InControl remote and halogen headlamps.
The ‘SE Tech’ adds touch screen navigation, rain sensitive wipers, auto-on headlamps, front parking sensors and a powered tailgate.
The ‘HSE’ gains leather seats, a panoramic sunroof, xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, a reversing camera, an 11 speaker audio system with subwoofer and keyless entry.
Starting from £41,195 the top-of-the-range ‘HSE Lux’ adds on the ‘HSE’ spec, Windsor leather seats with ten-way powered adjustment with memory, climate front seats plus heated rear seats, park assist with parallel and perpendicular auto parking.
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