Land Rover Discovery Sport has finally been revealed. The versatile and capable premium compact SUV is the first member of the new Discovery family and it comes with 5+2, however being no larger than existing Discovery. The new design of the vehicle shows what its future family members will look like. Some of its core characteristics are the optimized volume, proportions and stance, dynamic profile and the ultimate use of interior space.

Discovery Sport was revealed in a "digital" event at the Spaceport America in New Mexico, USA. There Land Rover also launched the Land Rover Galactic Discovery competition. The winner is set to take three of their friends on a trip to space with Land Rover's global partner, Virgin Galactic.

The interior of the new model depicts the spirit of adventure. It features high-quality materials and a strong vertical centre console graphic. There are versatile storage solutions inside as well as up to four 12V power points and six USB charging sockets.

The most exciting feature is the 5+2 seating configuration. Thanks to a host of innovations, the designers were able to include this feature. The new multi-link rear axle not only provides engaging driving dynamics but it also provides ample and flexible cabin space behind the second row.

The innovative rear axle is coupled with supple long-travel suspension. This ensures comfort and refined driving experience, while retaining the all-terrain capability. Furthermore, here safety has been a key priority. Therefore the engineers have included pedestrian airbag, autonomous emergency braking, and bodyshell featuring both ultra-high-strength steel and lightweight aluminium. Other advanced equipment features include 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and standard tilt-and-slide row-two seating.

From launch Land Rover Discovery Sport will be powered by the 2.2 litre SD4 turbodiesel engine, which generates 190 hp (140 kW). The unit features stop-start technology, high-pressure direct injection, low-friction internal components and smart regenerative charging, and it can be mated to either of 9-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission. Next year Land Rover will also launch two wheel drive eD4 turbodiesel engine.

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Source: Land Rover