We already know the Range Rover Sport is one of the more popular luxury SUVs on the market, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that sister brand Land Rover is coming to market with a brand new Discovery Sport in early 2015.
So, what’s under the hood? Well, for starters, Land Rover announced “a range of 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol and diesel engines,” with the all-alloy Si4 2.0-liter petrol engine and the 2.2-liter turbodiesel enabled with stop-start technology and high-pressure direct injection. Then, later in 2015, the company promises a “highly efficient ED4 turbodiesel engine” with “CO2 emissions of just 119g/km.”
The Discovery Sport will be available in 9-speed automatic and 6-speed manual transmissions in two- or four-wheel-drive. The newest Discovery model will have 5+2 seating “in a footprint no larger than existing 5-seat premium SUVs,” Land Rover announced.
Land Rover timed the announcement about the new SUV with its contest to send four friends into space aboard a Virgin Galactic vehicle, details for which were revealed at Spaceport America USA facility in New Mexico. The company showed off digital renderings of the Discovery Sport.
The Discovery Sport may not be put of this world literally, but it sure is stuffed with high-tech solutions for the mobile tech age, as it the “cabin and up to four 12v power points and six USB charging sockets can be specified for all three rows of seating, allowing multiple electronic devices to be charged simultaneously,” Land Rover said. There is also a head-up display, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system and more.
The new SUV will be manufactured in Liverpool, England, and available at Land Rover dealerships around the world.
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