Discovery Sport to succeed Land Rover Freelander

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Land Rover Discovery Sport to succeed Freelander

Land Rover will launch its Discovery Sport early next year, replacing the current Freelander with the first of what will become a new Discovery family.

To be built like the existing Discovery at the Halewood pant in Merseyside, the new compact SUV is effectively the Range Rover Evoque in a different shell.

It will offer a 5+2 seating layout, despite being of similar overall dimensions to five-seat rivals, and achieved through a new multi-link rear axle which also improves the Sport’s road prowess.

Importantly it will also maintain Land Rover’s long-established off-road reputation, including the Terrain Response electronics familiar from other models from the brand, and a 600mm wading depth.

However the Sport will also follow the example of recent crossover rivals in offering a front-wheel-drive version. On sale some months after the 2.2-litre 187bhp 4WD model, it will be powered by one of the new diesels set to be produced by Jaguar Land Rover’s new engine plant in Wolverhampton.

The two-wheel-drive version will cost from ”under £30,000” while the 4WD model will start from £32,395.

Andrew Charman

Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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