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Old 09-02-2014, 07:46 PM   #1
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New Land Rover Discovery Sport revealed with official pics plus details of the price, specifications and engine options

This is the new Land Rover Discovery Sport, the first model in the second phase of Land Rover’s three-pillared regeneration plan. The Discovery Sport goes on sale soon with the first deliveries early in 2015.
One engine and two gearboxes are initially offered with prices ranging from £32,395 to £42,995 but the eD4 diesel will arrive later in 2015 with a price tag under £30,000. Trim levels run from SE, SE Tech (when navigation becomes standard), HSE and HSE Lux.

Discovery Sport - the first of three new Land Rovers

The new Range Rover line-up is complete (for now…), while the first of the new Land Rover Defenders won’t make production until at least 2018. But this replacement for the Freelander is the first of at least three models in the new Discovery family, with a new version of the current, larger Discovery due to debut in 2016

The new Land Rover Discovery Sport model takes a very different approach to the Freelander, yet compared with the new Jaguar XE the Disco seems to be a poor relation. So there’s no all-new iQ [Al] platform and aluminium body – the Discovery Sport sits on a heavily modified version of the platform that’s used for the Freelander and Range Rover Evoque.

Land Rover Discovery Sport: engine options

More controversially, there’s no new Ingenium family engine under the bonnet, initially at least. Instead, the Disco Sport launches with just the 187bhp 2.2-litre SD4 engine used elsewhere in the Jaguar Land Rover range.
It drives through a slick nine-speed auto or six-speed manual, four or two-wheel-drive transmission, but emissions of 157g/km and a claimed average of 46mpg are nothing spectacular. Wait until later next year, though, and you can have a Sport with the new eD4 turbodiesel and emissions from around 119g/km.

Land Rover Discovery Sport: design and dimensions

That, however, is unlikely to stop the many thousands who will flock to another stunning Land Rover design from Gerry McGovern and his team. The new car is longer, yet lower and narrower than the Freelander, and while clearly related to the new Range Rovers, shows the different direction the more leisure-orientated Discovery family is taking.
“It’s important to get the right level of differentiation between the families,” McGovern told us. “The Discoveries are more of a radical departure than the Range Rovers, but we’re tailoring vehicles to individual customers’ needs. Existing Discovery owners told us they wanted something more premium and less brutal, so that’s what we’re delivering.”

The car looks more rounded in the flesh than in these photographs, with some stunning detailing around the front lights (with new LED signature) and grille, creases along the sides and the number plate recess on the boot. But it’s the proportions and stance of the car that stand out most – this is a car with all the family friendly features you’d expect of a Discovery, but with a new sense of style and, as the name suggests, sportiness.
That’s highlighted by the reverse-angled C-pillar. “We’ve given the C-pillar far more attack and angle,” said McGovern. “There’s lots of character to the design and you’ve got to live with the car to see that.” Yet in spite of the sporty looks, visibility for driver and passengers was key.

LR Discovery Sport interior and safety technology

The interior design is dominated by vertical elements – a feature of the new Discovery family – with what McGovern describes as a “premium, but rugged” style. There’s some delicious detailing again, like the ribbed leather on the seats inspired by high-end watch design.
Versatility remains an important Discovery philosophy and there’ll be seven seats in all UK Sports – although the rearmost seats are only suitable for children, young teens or small adults – and numerous clever cubbies in the cabin.
Tech plays a big part inside with an all-new infotainment system featuring an eight-inch touchscreen which operates like a smartphone with swiping and ‘pinch and zoom’ functionality.

Land Rover’s InControl apps feature everything from Internet radio to sat-nav, there’s on-board WiFi and you can specify a 17-speaker Meridian sound system. Plus, between the two main analogue instrument dials is a five-inch TFT screen, which displays key information, including off-road mode.
There’s standard autonomous emergency braking that works at speeds up to 50mph, while a pedestrian airbag will pop out at the base of the windscreen if the car detects an impact. Other advanced safety kit available includes lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition and stability systems to aid towing.

Land Rover Discovery Sport: performance

That heavily modified platform features a clever compact multi-link rear axle that not only offers ride and handling benefits, but also allows a full-size spare wheel to be fitted while still offering decent luggage space inside, even with the foldaway third row seats.
Although the Sport doesn’t get an all-aluminium bodyshell like the XE, extensive use of stiff yet lightweight materials in the body allows engineers to tune the chassis for the optimum ride and handling balance – it’s been tested on everything from British B-roads to Germany’s Nürburgring race track. Just don’t get too excited – the Sport will only do 0-60mph in 8.4 seconds with a 117mph top speed.

In spite of the sleek body, there’s still 212mm of ground clearance and impressive approach and departure angles for serious off-road work. And that’ll be helped, of course, by a suite of mechanical and electronic engineering trickery to ensure the Discovery Sport is best in class when it goes off-road.
There’s a Haldex four-wheel-drive system and Terrain Response to tune steering, throttle, gearbox and four-wheel-drive system according to the conditions. And if you really want to get yourself into deep water, the Discovery wades to depths of 600mm.
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Land Rover Discovery Sport range details

Discovery Sport deliveries start early next year, with just that one initial engine and two gearbox options. Shortly after launch, you’ll be able to get a two-wheel-drive version, while Ingenium engines should arrive later in 2015.
At launch there will be four trim levels to choose from – SE, SE Tech (when navigation becomes standard), HSE and HSE Lux – with prices ranging from £32,395 to £42,995. The eD4 engine will arive later in 2015 dropping the starting price below £30k.

Discovery Sport production at Halewood plant

Production of the forthcoming Discovery Sport will take place at its Halewood plant in Merseyside. Around 250 new jobs have also been created to help manage production of the new compact SUV.
More than £200m has been invested in the plant, while the additional jobs to support JLR’s growth will see the Halewood workforce reach 4,750 – more than treble the number employed back in 2010.
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Old 09-02-2014, 08:43 PM   #4
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If only that wrap around glass wasn't wrapping around a thick D pillar. A literally floating roof design would have been nice. Oh well, it still looks fine. The logo is unattractive as usual though.

I've always liked how the Ford Explorer has a similar design but hated the fact that it was fake or just wrapping the glass around the D pillars.

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I understand that this is built to price, but I have to say that interior is pretty disappointing, especially given what LR is capable of doing. That huge slab of plastic on the door panel literally gives me reverse boner. Literally.


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Looks good, I miss the rear 1/4 window design though.
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I understand that this is built to price, but I have to say that interior is pretty disappointing, especially given what LR is capable of doing. That huge slab of plastic on the door panel literally gives me reverse boner. Literally.


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100% this, I thought I was looking at a 90's ford escape for a second.
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Old 09-03-2014, 11:50 PM   #8
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Haha! I thought it was the new Ford Edge!

Sorry, but this is a turd. They did a great job updating the Range Rover, but this new version of the Discovery is no good at all.
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I actually like it. It's just a bit unfortunate it's slower than the Evoque and the rest of the competition.
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I saw one of these in the wild the other day, sitting behind it waiting to turn left. I glanced at it and thought it was an Evoque, but then was thrown off by the different taillight shape (as in the quoted photo) and then read that the text on the liftgate says "Discovery" instead.

Lazy-ass Tata stylists.
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Old 08-18-2015, 02:11 AM   #11
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These things are still 100% ****boxes reliability-wise, aren't they?
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Yes but at least the dealer service is terrible.
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Hell I like it

I think it looks pretty good as long as it does not cost Texa$ it is a nice vehicle.

Problem is there are a lot of compact SUV's to pick from that are nice as well. GLC mercedes comes to mind.
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Its the only Rover I don't like, interior looks bland and the exterior is very Ford Explorer looking.
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How do you go from this sexy beast




to this?

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stop posting pics of LR, making me want one.

slams door and runs out of the thread.....
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This one being discussed is a smaller version. The new Discovery is yet to be released. Although, you're statement may still hold true, as it's looking like it'll be the same vehicle just upsized.

I think the current crop of Land Rovers look great, except for maybe the Evoque.
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Land Rover is migrating from separate models to families.

The Discovery is now going to be a family of vehicles, like the Range Rover is now (RR, RR Sport, RR Evoque).

This Disco Sport is only the first in the eventual Discovery line. I'm sure the LR3/4 will get a proper, off road capable, 'regular' Discovery to replace it soon enough.

As far as reliability, my 2006 (Ford years) LR3 has been very good. I've had it from 60K to 130K and still going. Never left me stranded and has only needed an alternator, starter and fuel level sender. Of course, YMMV. Other than the mileage it's an almost perfect family truckster. Hopefully it's replacement is as capable and multitalented - even if I won't afford one new.
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stop posting pics of LR, making me want one.

slams door and runs out of the thread.....
Just do a search for common problems, how often they will pop up, and how much they cost to repair (assuming they can be repaired)

I keep thinking about a Disco, then I punch myself in the dick.
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Just do a search for common problems, how often they will pop up, and how much they cost to repair (assuming they can be repaired)

I keep thinking about a Disco, then I punch myself in the dick.
Didn't Carmax cancel offering warranties on Land Rover / Range Rover cars due to the fact that they were loosing tons of money on repairs for the vehicle. I think I remember reading that.

Edit: they doubled the cost of the warranty for them:
http://jalopnik.com/you-cant-get-a-c...mor-1655587419
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Didn't Carmax cancel offering warranties on Land Rover / Range Rover cars due to the fact that they were loosing tons of money on repairs for the vehicle. I think I remember reading that.

Edit: they doubled the cost of the warranty for them:
http://jalopnik.com/you-cant-get-a-c...mor-1655587419
All of that and the fact that this Land Rover can't do what the rest of the lineup can.


I'm not surprised the Lexus NX has a ****ty AWD system but it was honestly surprising to see this Land Rover drop the ball so hard at something so easy.
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why in Gods name would you to try to turn into a steep slope like that. Test seems stupid.
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why in Gods name would you to try to turn into a steep slope like that. Test seems stupid.
It's not the slope you pay attention to but the fact that the passenger side rear wheel can't/won't move with that much weight on it.

Obviously you'd expect the Land Rover to brake the opposite wheel so the power has only one way to go: the wheel that can actually move the vehicle up the slope.

A MY2009 Subaru (with the exception of the BRZ) or newer does that regardless of if the VDC is turned off (the part you can turn off, at least) or left on. No "terrain" to select to get the transmission and engine to work together just to make it up a slope. And the Subaru costs at least half of anything Land Rover makes. That says something about the Discovery. Pretentious, profit tunnel vision, cutting corners Chinese-style.
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well I cannot argue with that.
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Freelander replacement. Would think they would want to forget that car ever existed rather than create something arguably as ****ty, at least on a relative basis.

Land Rover is Range Rover, Disco, and Defender - and Range Rover is just that, not Sport, not Evoque (what a joke), just Range Rover. Brand dilution at work.
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