The Land Rover new discovery vision concept based SUV Land Rover Discovery Sport is all set to be launched by August 2015 which will replace the ageing Free Lander 2. Land Rover 2 is betting big by launching Discovery Sport early, both Jaguar and Land Rover will come with new electrifying models in India this year.
Land Rover Discovery Sport is already ruling the roads of Europe; this new SUV is a combo of Freelander 2 and Range Rover Evoque, but as compared to Evoque new Discovery Sport uses as compared to Evoque.
Land Rover will assemble new Discovery Sport locally at its plant at Pune and expected to price it between Rs. 40-50 INR (ex-showroom Delhi) lakhs INR. New Discovery Sport will go head to head with Audi Q5, BMW X3 etc. Land Rover will discontinue the veteran Free Lander 2 after the launch of new Discovery Sport. Apart from Price, competitors etc Discovery Sport will come in seven (5+2) seating arrangement which will give it an extra advantage over its rivals.
Discovery Sport will be available in only in Diesel engine option with two variants- 2.2L turbocharged diesel engine with two states of tune of 147bhp and 187bhp power Both the engines will be mated to a 9 speed automatic and Terrain responsive AWD system which now includes all new dynamic mode to improve cornering ability of the vehicle.
Land Rover will launch Indian version of Discovery sport in top of the line HSE model so it will get features like dual zone climate control, premium leather upholstery with multi way adjustment seats for front seats, 8 inch touchscreen infotainment system, on board Wi-Fi, Xenon headlamps, Panoramic sunroof as standard features.
Land Rover Discovery Sport got 5-star rating from EURO NCAP due to such safety features such as lane departure warning, reverse traffic detection, emergency brake lights, dynamic stability control, roll stability control, all new pedestrian system and seat belt reminders as standard features.
Reverse traffic detection, active speed limiting and blind sport monitoring are some of the optional safety features of new Discovery Sport.
New Discovery Sport seven seating arrangement could be deal maker for JLR and poses great threat to its rivals.