Jul
09
2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport First Look | Paris Auto Show



Land Rover is adamant the new discovery
sports is not just a replacement for the geriatric LR2 but really the birth of a whole new family of
vehicles designed as a more versatile alternative to the fashion focused Range
Rover Evoque its arrival to Mercedes GLK the Audi q5 and the BMW x3. Although it's based on the Evoque
Land Rover says that 50 percent of the parts are new and it certainly looks different. Taking its design ques from the Vision conncept we saw back in New York last April there's no
denying it's a good-looking SUV but for me I miss
some of the chiseled utilitarian chic of the larger discovery all or the LR4 as it's known in the U.S. The biggest change in here compared to
the Evoque is the introduction of five-plus two seating there really is room in here for
five properly sized adults although the two seats in the rear are best left for kids. This middle row actually
slides backwards and forwards and Land Rover claims that with the seat in its rear most position there's as much room in here as there is in
the big-daddy Range Rover Now that's impressive Up front it's all very neat and
functional and there's a much needed new info-tainment system that hooks up to your smartphone and at last drags
Land Rover into the modern age although don't expect see the stick shift in the US Under here you'll find a 2-liter
turbocharged four-cylinder engine developing 237 horsepower and mated in the US to a new 9-speed automatic gearbox
ultimately there'll be a choice between front orl two different kinds a
all-wheel-drive system helping the discovery sport stay true to
Land Rover's off-road roots. In time a discovery family will expand
to include a replacement for the current generation LR4 for now though there's no denying
that the new discovery sport marks a significant step forward over the old LR2 and we can't wait to drive it later this year.