When’s the last time you saw a Land Rover LR2 on the road? Since the introduction of the Range Rover Evoque, Land Rover’s more practical small SUV has been mostly forgotten.
That will likely change with the introduction of the new Discovery Sport. Announced at the New York Auto Show back in April, it will be unveiled online September 3.
Previously-released teaser shots confirm that the Discovery Sport will share styling cues with the Discovery Vision Concept, which will also provide the template for a full-size Discovery that will replace the current LR4.
Despite its baby-brother status, the Discovery Sport will be offered with an optional third-row seat, although whether it will be suitable for human beings remains to be seen.
The new SUV will ride on a front-wheel drive platform, possibly related to the one used for the Evoque. It will likely be offered with four-cylinder engines exclusively.
Jaguar Land Rover has a line of Ingenium engines cooking, but the first of these isn’t expected to begin production until late 2015. That means it could be awhile before the Discovery Sport (and the Ingenium-powered Jaguar XE, set for a September 8 unveiling) actually hits showrooms.
After a more formal debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in October, the Discovery Sport will help Land Rover build a “family” of Discovery models, similar to what it’s created with the Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, and Evoque.
In the meantime, enjoy the video of Land Rover putting the Disco Sport through its paces below, and check back for more updates.
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