Land Rover introduced a few weeks ago the new Land Rover Discovery Sport, considered by the British brand as the most versatile compact premium SUV market.
Now you can buy but the first units will not be delivered until March 2015. The Land Rover Discovery Sport is added to the range to fill the gap left by the Freelander, although the brand insists that it is not a substitute. And this despite the fact that its design reminds quite. At first glance the front winks to Freelander, while the rear seems more inspired by the Range Rover Sport. Anyway, the first impression is quite good.
This model will be manufactured at the Halewood plant (Liverpol) aims to reach a wider audience and hence offers many possible configurations. The newest in the compact SUV segment is that it is available in cabin 5 the 7 squares, plus the drive system can be limited only to the front axle or be integral to all four wheels. We must clarify that at launch all versions include four-wheel drive. In the mid 2015 the range will add a version 4×2 which will be linked with a new engine family Ingenium Jaguar Land Rover have 150 CV and emissions of 119 gr/km de CO2, so it will be exempt from paying car tax.
The first units will begin arriving in early 2015 and orders can now be done at a price that some of the 36.350 euros, a figure that equates it with competitors. The range comprises two engines turbo, el TD4 con 150 CV y 400 Nm and SD4 with 190 CV y 420 Nm, both with 4WD×4 available with automatic or manual.
For the first time offering a compact Land Rover SUV 7 squares. The second row can have longitudinal adjustment and backrest can be reclining.
The stunning commercial success of the Range Rover Evoque, undoubtedly, He has led the design team at Land Rover as a reference when shaping the new Discovery Sport, a model large volume that the British brand has high expectations. This compact SUV expands the Discovery family with a smaller, functional model. Measures 4.589 mm long (240 mm less than the Discovery), 2.173 mm de ancho (with mirrors) and 1.724 high. Its closest competitors are the Audi Q5 and BMW X3 sales and try to scratch the argument that 'the Discovery Sport gives you more for a similar price'.
Behind this body manufactured from a combination of steel and aluminum the most versatile interior in its segment lies. Optionally you can have a third row of seats (1.400 euros), something no other compact SUV Premium offers.
Optionally also, the second row of seats can slide forward and back and have reclining backrest. Thus in addition to improving passenger comfort we can modulate the volume of the luggage compartment (541 liters up the tray and 981 liters up to the roof with 5 seats or configuration 5+2 with the last two seats down).
At the technological level, worth noting that within the Discovery Sport may have reached 4 12V sockets and nothing less than 6 USB ports to charge all kinds of electronic devices. The Discovery Sport also debuts the new Mode Eco driving mode in which efficiency is prioritized at all times.
Other options that will be available in the new model Land Rover will be the driver information system type Head Up Display with traffic sign recognition, the AS Emergency Brake (only in the segment), The pedestrian airbag (Also unique in the segment) and multimedia art equipment with touch screen 8″. To this the InControl all technologies that facilitate connectivity features inside the vehicle are added.
As far as mechanics are concerned at launch will only be available with two engines turbo 4 inline and 2.179 cc: TD4 de 150 CV y SD4 de 190 CV. In the middle of 2015 range is expected to be broadened to provide ed4 emits only 119 grams per kilometer.
There should be two options for the gearbox, manual will 6 relations, while the automatic will 9. It is the latest innovative case is manufactured by ZF so far only been available on the Range Rover Evoque and the Jeep Cherokee and Renegade.
As is tradition in the British brand's new Discovery Sport offer optimal shine for offroad driving qualities. A new feature includes a multilink rear suspension, addition to improving the roadholding, Thanks to its compact size, It has also been possible to exploit the rear of the vehicle and thus include the third-row seats.
The team provides a long suspension travel so that the wheels can maintain contact with the ground as long as possible, even in the most adverse situations when practiced offroad. This intelligent system adds traction, 4 changes×2 a 4×4 when conditions require, with a response time 350 milliseconds, with reduced power loss up to 90% and additional savings of Start&Stop between 3% and 5% consumption and emissions. The average consumption for the TD4 manual is to 5,7 l / 100 km (5,8 l for the version with 7 squares).
Just as far as driving is concerned 4X4 Discovery Sport is unrivaled in its category. The angle of 25º, the exit angle of 31 degrees and breakover angle of 21 ° allow you to operate with ease in mountain areas. Its fording capability of up 600 mm makes it a class leader.
A fording capability of up 600 mm makes it a leader in its category in this dimension, but few will be made across a river with him.
The Terrain Response system allows you to further increase the usability field. Thanks to the electronic system which is activated by a switch on the center tunnel any driver can enjoy driving safely offroad.
This complex technology developed by Land Rover is responsible for modifying parameters of traction control, stability control, Touch the accelerator and the distribution of torque between the wheels to optimize vehicle performance to the type of land on which we meet: mud, rocks, snow…
Also of note in the MagneRide Discovery Sport dampers that continuously adapt to the terrain, and sensor called Wade wading Sensing.
Precios Land Rover Discovery Sport
Now you can order but have to wait until March 2015 for the first units arriving at the Spanish dealers. Prices are as follows:
From the most basic equipment, el S, Discovery Sport includes cloth seats, audio system with radio, CD, MP3 y 6 speakers, USB connection, conexión Bluetooth, Touchscreen 8″, information center with color TFT screen 5″, alloy wheels 17 inches, autonomous intelligent braking system, Alert Lane Departure, Terrain Response (Eco mode), control Descent of -these latter only with 4WD-, electronic parking brake, check tire pressure, 7 airbags, air conditioning and ABS ETC ASAP DSC EBD EBA TSA systems.
About 4.650 euros can access the SE trim which highlights the dual zone climate control, auto-on headlights, rain-sensing wipers, SD navigation system, leather steering wheel, cruise control, distance control rear parking or cubremaletero Canvas, among other details.
To find Grained leather seats, seat 8 electric adjustments, Xenon headlights with LED line, alloy wheels 18″, remote control or front parking rearview camera have to choose the HSE finished with a premium of 5.700 Euro on BE.
And for those who prefer maximum luxury and comfort, Land Rover offers equipment HSE Luxury (+6.150 euros) alloy wheels 19″, seat 10 electrical adjustment and memory function for driver and passenger, Blind Spot Monitoring and Proximity sensor for vehicles, online parking assist and battery, Electric opening and closing the trunk, separation rails and securing luggage in the trunk and load point USBx2 (for the second row of seats), inter alia.
A great choice SUV at reasonable price.
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