2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport – Show Off Car That Did Not Forget Its Off Road Credentials
This is not the Land Rover Discovery. This is 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport and the word Sport explains a lot about it. It is a lightweight, mid sized SUV which has basically nothing in common with the rugged Discovery with independent chassis from the past. That, however, is not a disadvantage. The Discovery Sport finally has found its place on the tarmac and in the cities as its uni-body construction, aluminium exterior panels and small engine bring the refinement of a small car, competitive fuel efficient levels and a comfort closely associated with similar SUVs.
The 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport will reach the States early next year and it will be available with a two liter turbocharged petrol engine developing 240 HP. As this car looks a lot like the wonderful Evoque, a small and powerful turbocharged engine is the best way to go with it. New unibody construction brought some rather impressive novelties for the Discovery name. The car will be equipped with electronically controlled four wheel drive system, and as every other real Land Rover, it will not be available as a two wheel drive car. Closely related with smaller saloons from the JLR portfolio, the Discovery Sport is equipped with luxury amenities such as double laminated windshield, xenon headlamps in every trim and modern safety features such as Lane Assist and radar based cruise control system.
Besides the electronic equipment, the Land Rover Discovery Sport is fully prepared for the challenges that awaits in the city. Its rear seats can slide back 6.3 inches thus enhancing the comfort level for those sitting on the rear bench. This will be highly appreciated by anyone seating at the back. Land Rover even offers third row seats but they cannot be used for adults regularly as they are simply too cramped and small. On the other hand, in-car entertainment will provide unforgettable ride as the Discovery can be equipped with a 10 speaker audio system, modern infotainment system, leather and dual climate control system.
Connected with the four wheel drive is the small turbocharged unit sourced from Ford. This is the same engine Ford uses for its Focus ST and according to independent motoring press the engine is one of the best in the business. It is known, however, that these Ford sourced engines will be replaced by new JLR Ingenium engines. For now, the car is available with the 9 speed ZF automatic transmission and it is for certain that the US will get that transmission only. For the Europeans the Discovery sport is available with the 2.2 liter SD4 diesel engine and with the six speed manual transmission.
All in all, the 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport became much different vehicle in comparison with the old Discovery. It is actually a different vehicle, but it did not forget the place it came from. With the clearance of 8.3 inches, approach and departure angles of 25 and 31 degrees, the 2015 Discovery Sport can offer impressive off road performance. Thankfully, it is much more lightweight than any other similarly sized Land Rover and that advantage enables it to fully utilize the 4 wheel drive system and every other driving aid the Land Rover is equipped with.