In the film, you can see the Discovery’s 5+2 seat layout in action over the soundtrack of what sounds like a shuttle launch. The view from inside might make you feel like an astronaut, though, as the full-size panoramic roof gracefully invites the stars to join you on your journey.
“Versatility is a fundamental element of the Discovery family and with 5+2 seating, generous load space and configurable seating the new Discovery Sport truly deserves to wear the Discovery badge,” said Gerry McGovern, Design Director at Land Rover.
Outside, the Discovery Sport looks to have smaller headlights, windows, and grill accents than its LR2 older brother. The changes modernize the SUVs character, moving from a wide-eyed boxy stance to a sharper, scalpel-like design.
The Discovery Sport will fill out the brand’s ‘premium compact SUV’ segment, which is currently occupied by the outgoing LR2 and the Range Rover Evoque. It’s easy to see why Jaguar Land Rover is striving for repeat success with the Discovery Sport, because the Evoque is one of the company’s best sellers. It’s sold a record 255,600 units since its debut in 2011.
The first generation Discovery Sport may get a carryover engine from the LR2 and Evoque, a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder that makes anywhere from 240 to 285 horsepower. Expect later models to house something from the upcoming Ingenium engine line, though. Ingenium’s firstborn, a 2.0-liter diesel, will start production late next year.
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