Land Rover has officially stated that it will launch the 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport next year, as a 7 seater SUV. The SUV has been teased with a unique bodyshell that reveals the 7 seat arrangement. The British SUV marquee has also revealed that it has begun the real world testing of the 2015 Discovery. The prototypes of the Discovery Sport have already left Land Rover’s Halewood facility in the UK to embark upon the final stages of testing.
The 2015 Discovery Sport will have the footprint of a traditional 5 seat SUV but with a seating capacity for 7 adults. The last row would essentially be meant for children and the peeled camouflage does the job of teasing the third row of seats quite well. The 2015 Discovery Sport will go on sale next year alongside the Discovery.
“The Discovery Sport will feature optional 5+2 seating, offering spacious load space and configurable seating, while still retaining a more compact footprint than traditional 5-seat SUVs,” is what Gerry McGovern, design director and chief creative officer for Land Rover had to say at the release of the teaser images.
The design philosophy of the Discovery Sport 7 seater will be based on the Discovery Vision concept, which was previewed earlier this year at the New York Auto Show. If Land Rover CEO Dr. Ralf Speth is to be believed, the 2015 Discovery Sport SUV will be the “most versatile and capable vehicle” in the British SUV maker’s line up and will be the first in line of the exciting products awaiting the launch from its stable.
The new Discovery Sport will get a new set of turbo petrol and turbo diesel engines from the Ingenium range of engines that Jaguar-Land Rover has developed for use in its new range of luxury cars and SUVs. The Discovery SUV is imported into India via the CBU route, which gives it a price tag pegged around the Rs. 1 crore mark. The Discovery Sport will be priced higher than the Discovery SUV and there are no plans currently to bring the new SUV through the CKD route.