Even though the vehicle will not officially go on sale until early next year, we do know it will replace the LR2 and fill in the large slot under the much bigger and higher priced LR4. We do know the current starting price will be $37,995, practically $14,000 less than the LR4, and it will still offer plenty of standard on- and off-road amenities.
The overall length of the 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport is 180.7-inches while the wheelbase is 107.9-inches which is just about 10-inches shorter overall than the LR4. According to Land Rover, since the overall length is so much shorter than all other Land Rover vehicles, the Discovery Sport is actually classified as a compact vehicle and one can park in “compact only” parking spots located in New York City.
Following the brand new Land Rover Range Rover, the Discovery Sport will also utilize a unibody structure made of “high-strength steel, ultra-high strength boron steel and lightweight aluminum.” According to Land Rover, both the A and B pillars are constructed with the boron steel to provide maximum strength with the smallest footprint which allows for the greatest amount of driver visibility.
To drop weight, the hood, front fenders, roof, and tailgate are now 100% aluminum. Even some of the front-end under its exterior parts utilize magnesium and aluminum to provide “high torsional rigidity and weight savings.”
As of right now, the North American version of the 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport will be available with just one engine and transmission combination: a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produced 240-horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque which will be mounted to a ZF 9-speed automatic transmission that comes standard with paddle shifting capabilities. While the engine is all new, the transmission will be the exact same one featured in the current Range Rover Evoque.
Like all other Land Rover vehicles, technology plays a large roll. Standard on the 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport will be a 5-inch LCD screen that provides all vehicle information located in the middle of the dash. However, there is an optional heads-up display system if one doesn’t like to look down while driving.
Located on the center dash will be a massive 800×400 pixel 8-inch touch screen LCD that controls almost everything else electric inside including “mood lighting.” This package will allow for the driver or passenger to cycle between many different colors to accent the interior. Also, Land Rover installed four 12v outlets and 6 USB charging access points through the Discovery.
Just because the Discovery Sport is the smallest Land Rover available, don’t think that its off-roading capabilities will be lacking. The 2015 Discovery Sport has 13.4-inches of wheel articulation along with 8.3-inches of ground clearance. When off-roading, angles are incredibly important and Land Rover, of all manufacturers, understands that greatly and gave the Discovery an approach angle of 25-degrees, departure angle of 31-degrees, and a break-over angle of 21-degrees. Land Rover has actually stated that the Discovery can climb a 45-degree angle once the front bumper is removed; however it is unknown what the exact process is to remove the front bumper. We’ll have to get back to you on that.
While skid plates underneath, hydraulic shocks below the unibody, and Continental CrossContact LX Sport tires at all four corners help protect the Discovery, Land Rover’s Terrain Response System will reprogram all mechanical aspects to allow for one of the easiest off-roading experiences available for any vehicle ever manufactured.
Currently, Land Rover said nine exterior along with four interior colors are available. Some exterior colors offered included Fuji White, Scotia Grey, Firenze Red, and a limited edition color called Yulong White. Inside look for such colors as Ebony, Ivory, and Tan.
Land Rover Hinsdale might not have a 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport on the ground yet, but we can help you learn more about this great SUV, what some of the options are, and how we can order one today. Feel free to stop by or call us anytime. When you stop by we encourage you to check out the other Land Rovers we currently have available.