Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Land Rover Discovery Sport : 2015

LR are creating a Discovery range of vehicles, just like Range Rover. The first of these has been revealed and will replace the Freelander (LR2). It is called the Sport model, initially being a 5 seater but later spawning a 7 seater version. Then will come a Discovery (LR4) replacement, which will be upmarket from the Sport model. Then comes a rugged SUV to take on Land Cruiser.

As always with Land Rover, the new car looks good. It's nice to see the designers at LR still get sizable input, along with the engineers. It looks smooth and stylish, with a family resemblance but not in the 'cookie cutter' Audi way of making all vehicles look to much the same.

Feminine curves complimented with a masculine stance.

This view highlights more efficient use of space. Very modern too.

New technologies were showcased with this vehicle at the New York motor show, but whether they make it into production with the Discovery Sport will depend on if they are ready in time. One development is an image of what lies ahead projected onto the windscreen that gives the impression that the bonnet (hood) is transparent. Very useful indeed.
I have to say I was unsure of this new direction for LR with the Discovery moniker. However, it is starting to make sense. It will clearly differentiate itself from the Range Rovers but tie up the Freelander and Discovery models, including the new rugged SUV. LR know what they are doing.

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