Land Rover Discovery Sport

  • 2015

  • Product
    Automotive and Transport

Designed By:

  • Gerry McGovern - Land Rover Chief Designer

Commissioned By:

Land Rover

Designed In:

Britain, UK

The new Land Rover Discovery Sport is a versatile premium compact SUV that is the first member of the new Discovery vehicle family. A dynamic design with a compact footprint provides seven-passenger seating in a “5+2” configuration. The 2015 Discovery Sport will deliver a highly refined combination of performance, safety and efficiency thanks to a body shell of high-strength steel and lightweight aluminum, Both 9-speed automatic and 6-speed manual transmissions are available in the two versions of 2.2-litre diesel models (TD4 110kW and SD4 140kW) producing 420Nm of torque. The Si4 2.0-litre petrol engine is fitted with the 9-speed automatic transmission as standard and all powertrains are four-wheel-drive.

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  • Discovery Sport is clearly identifiable as a Land Rover but introduces a progressive new design approach specifically tailored to create clear differentiation between the other families within the Land Rover brand architecture: Luxury (Range Rover), Leisure (Discovery) and Dual-Purpose (Defender). This beautifully proportioned vehicle brings a new sense of dynamism to the Discovery family and projects an image of confidence with its wheel-at-each-corner stance. The fast bonnet line steps down into a rising belt line, creating a distinctively compact profile that belies significant interior space with optional 5+2 seating. This streamlined design is complemented by class-leading usability: all-round visibility is excellent, whilst the interior and load space are easily accessible and fully optimised.

  • Monocoque construction combines a mix of high-strength steel, ultra-high-strength boron steel and lightweight aluminium panels. This ensures a strong, stiff and light base for outstanding dynamic performance and high levels of torsional rigidity. An all-new multi-link rear axle heightens agility, increases axle articulation and - together with lightweight aluminium suspension components and carefully calibrated dampers - enables an unrivalled level of compliance no matter what the surface conditions. The new rear axle also reduces interior noise and minimises intrusion of the rear suspension turrets into the load space; this has proved key in providing excellent load space and 5+2 seating.

  • At launch, a range of four-cylinder turbocharged petrol and turbodiesel engines is available. All feature stop-start technology, high-pressure direct injection, low-friction internal components and smart regenerative charging for outstanding performance and economy. The Petrol derivative uses an all-alloy Si4 2.0-litre engine with 177kW and direct fuel injection. This offers six-cylinder levels of performance in a compact package that reduces weight and cuts CO2 emissions by up to 20 per cent, compared to conventional larger capacity engines with a similar power output. 2.2-litre turbodiesel derivatives are available in either 110kW TD4 or 140kW SD4 specification. With both TD4 and SD4 producing the same 420Nm, drivers can count on exceptional fuel efficiency of up to 5.7 or 6.0 L/100km respectively as well as effortless overtaking ability.

  • Two choices of drivetrain are available for maximum versatility and customer choice: permanent four-wheel-drive or Active Driveline. Active Driveline switches between two- and four-wheel-drive to provide an unrivalled combination of on-road agility, off-road capability and all-round efficiency. Discovery Sport's full suite of all-terrain technologies includes: • Hill Descent Control® (HDC) • Gradient Release Control® (GRC) • Wade SensingTM • Roll Stability Control (RSC) • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) • Electronic Traction Control (ETC) • Engine Drag torque Control (EDC)

    The new Discovery Sport features cutting-edge technology to maximise both safety and convenience. New developments include everything from an advanced new infotainment system with 8-inch touchscreen to a pedestrian airbag that minimises the consequences of a collision. Other available driver-assistance technologies include: • Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) • Electric Power-Assisted Steering (EPAS) • Park Assist • Automatic High-Beam Assist • Lane Departure Warning • Trailer Stability Assist • Tow Assist & Tow Hitch Assist • Blind-Spot Monitor & Closing Vehicle Sensing • Reverse Traffic Detection • HD Surround Camera System • HDD satellite-navigation system • Automatic headlamps • Rain-sensitive wipers • Parking sensors