Prepare to Discover the New 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport
By Jeff Youngs,
With the introduction of the 2015 Discovery Sport, Land Rover replaces the LR2 as the company's least expensive, entry-level model. In addition to seating up to 7 people, the Discovery Sport marks the return of the Discovery name to Land Rover's North American lineup, and introduces a new design theme for the brand's revived Discovery family. Prices start at less than $40,000 for the base SE version.
That sum buys a compact luxury SUV designed to seat five adults and two children in three rows of seats. Stadium-style second-row seating slides and reclines to help occupants find optimum comfort levels. Fold the 50/50-split third-row seats to create 32.7 cu. ft. of cargo capacity. Fold the second-row seats as well and cargo capacity expands to 66.9 cu. ft.
A turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine generates 240 horsepower and 250 lb.-ft. of torque, fed to all four wheels through a 9-speed automatic transmission equipped with paddle shifters. A Terrain Response control system calibrates the drivetrain for driving on different types of paved and unpaved roads, and ground clearance measures 8.3 in.
Land Rover's new InControl Apps technology is standard, integrated with the Discovery Sport's infotainment system, which employs a color 8-in. touch-screen display and Bluetooth hands-free calling and music streaming capability. A navigation app is included, or buyers can upgrade to the HSE or HSE Lux trim levels for a more robust SD-card navigation system. Premium speakers, satellite radio, and HD Radio are also available, depending on the trim level.
Additional upgrades include nicer leather, heated front and rear seats, heated steering wheel, heated windshield, and a panoramic sunroof. The new Discovery Sport also offers a passive keyless entry system and a power rear liftgate as well as larger wheel choices and a Black Design package designed to give the SUV a sportier look.
A Pedestrian Protection System is standard equipment, featuring an external air bag designed to deploy in the event that the SUV strikes a pedestrian in order to reduce the potential for injury. Land Rover also provides several optional safety technologies, offered exclusively for the HSE and HSE Lux trim levels. They include a forward-collision warning system with autonomous emergency braking, lane-departure warning system, and a blind-spot monitoring system with reverse traffic detection technology. The blind-spot monitoring system can also identify when vehicles behind the Discovery Sport are approaching at a rapid rate of speed, warning the driver that a lane change might be ill advised.
Additionally, Land Rover's latest SUV is available with a head-up display, surround-view camera system, and an adaptive damping suspension. An active park-assist system can autonomously steer the Discovery Sport into a parallel or perpendicular parking space while the driver operates the transmission and pedals.
Land Rover says the new Discovery Sport will arrive in showrooms early in 2015.
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- 2014 Land Rover Buyer's Guide