The new baby Discovery has finally broken cover – with Land Rover unveiling the newcomer within the dramatic surroundings of Spaceport America in New Mexico along with (and, no, we’re not joking) a competition to win a trip into space with Virgin Galactic…
The car will be seen in Europe for the first time at next month’s Paris Motor Show, and goes on sale in January 2015 priced from £32,395, with the promise of a less expensive entry-level model to follow.
Similar in dimensions to the existing Freelander, yet with a pair of pop-up rear seats allowing what Land Rover calls a 5+2 seating formation, the newcomer will be available initially in 4WD and powered by the 2.2-litre SD4 190PS engine, with a 2WD eD4 model set to follow, offering a company car friendly C02 output below 119 g/km and a sub £30k list price.
The Discovery Sport will have a choice of six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic transmission, plus Land Rover’s trademark Terrain Response® system to ensure that, in 4WD form at least, it lives up to the off-road ability for which the brand is renowned.
With sales of small SUVs on the rise, and the inevitable cachet of the Land Rover badge, the Halewood-built Discovery Sport can only be a good thing for the British motor industry – but what do AROnline readers think?