2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport

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Land Rover has revealed the new Discovery Sport, a versatile premium compact SUV that’s the first member of the new Discovery vehicle family. The 2015 Discovery Sport will deliver a highly refined combination of performance, safety and efficiency thanks to a body shell of high-strength steel and lightweight aluminum, a 240hp turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, nine-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive. The new design provides seven-passenger seating in a “5+2” configuration. The new Land Rover Discovery Sport combines space usage, versatility with the ability to scale a 45-degree incline.

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A clamshell hood and distinctive two-bar grille with hexagonal mesh connect it to its’ Land Rover identity. Large outboard air intakes and LED fog lamps in the front bumper convey a strong sense of “sport,” while the slim, wraparound headlamps are reminiscent of designs used on Range Rover vehicles. Round daytime-running lights are punctuated at four equal intervals to represent the points of a compass, a nod to the vehicle’s considerable capabilities.2015 Land Rover Discover Sport ParisAn available “Black Pack” trim package emphasises the vehicle’s sporty stance, with gloss-black used for the grille, door mirror caps, front fender vents, and badging. The package also includes a choice of 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels. A contrast roof, available in Santorini Black, extends to the base of the A-pillars.A prominent center console groups all controls logically. Soft-touch rotary controls and buttons set into a gloss-black surround create a tactile user-interface and are easy for the driver to find under the glare of direct sunlight.2015 Land Rover Discover Sport DashboardA three-spoke, multi-function steering wheel frames an easy-to-read instrument cluster, with twin analog dials set deeply into cylindrical housings to shield them from glare. A 5-inch color TFT display is positioned between the main gauges presents key data such as fuel levels, gear position, coolant temperature and Terrain Response® modes. Paddle shifters allow manual control for the nine-speed automatic transmission. Upper trim levels feature configurable mood lighting, controlled via the central 8-inch touch screen.Land Rover has equipped the new Discovery Sport with up to four 12V power points. Three-row models can have as many as six USB charging sockets, allowing multiple electronic devices to be recharged simultaneously.At the core of the new Land Rover Discovery Sport is the outstanding capability that’s been the hallmark of the company’s vehicles for nearly half a century. As it has done with all its models, Land Rover instilled the Discovery Sport with a compelling combination of off-road capability and on-road dynamics. Diesel engines will be available as either 2.0L or 2.2L while the petrol engine is 2.0L. 2.2 litre SD4 Diesel Automatic Performance Figures
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The new Land Rover Discovery gets its efficient power from the same turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine as the Range Rover Evoque. A nine-speed automatic transmission and Haldex All-Wheel Drive are both standard, for confident on-road handling and all-terrain capability.The 2.0-liter petrol engine features an advanced low-inertia turbocharger, high-pressure direct fuel injection and variable valve timing to deliver exceptional drive-ability throughout the rev range. Twin balancer shafts ensure high levels of refinement. Smart regenerative charging prioritises charging the battery while the vehicle is decelerating, reducing the electrical system’s demands on the engine. Producing 240hp at 5,500rpm and 250 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,750 RPM, the all-alloy engine offers excellent performance and flexibility from a light, compact package. Specially treated piston rings and tappets minimize friction for optimal efficiency, and a sheet-metal exhaust manifold helps to warm up the engine quickly to reduce emissions during short drives.With all-wheel-drive traction and long-travel suspension for excellent articulation, the Discovery Sport provides impressive all-terrain performance. The body has been designed to cope with challenging off-road terrain, with 8.3-inches (212mm) of ground clearance and approach, departure and breakover angles of 25, 31 and 21 degrees, respectively. The Discovery Sport can scale gradients of up to 45 degrees. In extreme situations, lower trim on the front bumper can be removed to increase the approach angle.2015 Land Rover Discover Sport InfotainmentAn all-new infotainment system for the Discovery Sport integrates voice-controlled satellite-navigation, WiFi hotspot connectivity and an all-terrain mode. Buyers can opt for the Land Rover InControl™ technology, including InControl Apps™ that bring the convenience and original look and feel of smartphone apps to the vehicle’s 8-inch touchscreen.The standard infotainment system uses an 8-inch touchscreen display with 800×480 pixel resolution for an easy and intuitive user experience. The driver can monitor and control a wide range of functions by using drag, scroll or swipe gestures, similar to a smartphone.

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