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2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport



◾Bold and progressive design defines new Discovery family
◾5+2 seating versatility in a more compact footprint than traditional five-seat SÚVs
◾All-new multi-link axle for peerless on-road agility and off-road ability, plus high levels of refinement and interior space
◾ED4 turbodiesel derivative to be introduced later in 2015 estimated to deliver 119g/km CO2*
◾Choice of highly efficient nine-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmissions
◾Active Driveline switches seamlessly between two- and four-wheel drive for reduced emissions and increased on- and off-road capability
◾Únrivalled all-terrain performance courtesy of optimised approach, departure and breakover angles, plus Terrain Response® and Wade Sensing™ technology
◾Connected on-road handling wîth optimised electric power-assisted §teering, MagneRide™ dampers and Torque Vectoring by Braking
◾First-in-class pedestrian airbag enhances pedestrian protection levels
◾Autonomous Emergency Braking helps the driver to avoid collisions
◾All-new 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system wîth intuitive controls and heightened connectivity
◾Head Úp Display projects key driving data onto the windscreen for maximum safety and convenience

* Manufacturer estimate

Land Rover has revealed the new Discovery Sport, the world's most versatile premium compact SÚV, and the first member of the new Discovery family. Úniquely in its §egmènt, Discovery Sport's dynamic design combines 5+2 seating configurability wîth design and engineering integrity in a compact footprint.

A suite of Land Rover innovations debut, including the next generation multi-link rear axle, advanced pedestrian airbag technology, an all-new touchscreen infotainment system and state-of-the-art high-strength steel and lightweight aluminium bodyshell for outstanding performance, safety and efficiency.

Discovery Sport has been designed to be as environmentally sustainable as it is affordable to run: CO2 emissions as low as 119g/km are comparable to smaller and less versatile family hatchbacks, and buyers can opt for a range of powerful and efficient four-cylinder petrol or diesel engines, two- or four-wheel drive, and advanced nine-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmissions.

'The launch of Discovery Sport is a pivotal moment in Land Rover's 66-year history,' said Phil Popham, Jaguar Land Rover Group Marketing Director. 'Not only does it mark the introduction of the first new member of our expanding Discovery family, it also brings the versatility of 5+2 seating to the compact premium SÚV market.

'Together wîth design excellence and engineering integrity, Discovery Sport's versatility is a key differentiator: its chassis is as competent on-road as off, and its powerful four-cylinder engines emit as little as 119g/km*. Discovery Sport is quite simply the most accomplished vehicle in its §egmènt.'

Designed and engineered at Land Rover's development centre in the ÚK, Discovery Sport will be produced at the company's award-winning manufacturing facility in Halewood, Liverpool. It goes on sale in early 2015 alongside the existing seven-seat Land Rover Discovery in over 170 markets worldwide.

* Manufacturer estimate

Designed for life

Discovery Sport is clearly identifiable as a Land Rover but introduces a progressive new design approach specifically tailored to create clear differentiation between the other families within the Land Rover brand architecture: Luxury (Range Rover), Leisure (Discovery) and Dual-Purpose (Defender).

This beautifully proportioned vehicle brings a new sense of dynamism to the Discovery family and projects an image of confidence wîth its wheel-at-each-corner stance.

The fast bonnet line steps down into a rising belt line, creating a distinctively compact profile that belies significant interior space wîth optional 5+2 seating.

This streamlined design is complemented by class-leading usability: all-round visibility is excellent, whilst the interior and load space are easily accessible and fully optimised.

Discovery Sport's versatile interior has been designed to be premium, not precious. The centre console forms a strong vertical graphic in the middle of the instrument panel, ensuring key controls are deliberately placed to provide easy access from the Sports Command Driving Position. Simple, clean surfaces and high-quality materials feature throughout.

Lightweight bodyshell, all-new multi-link axle

Monocoque construction combines a mix of high-strength steel, ultra-high-strength boron steel and lightweight aluminium panels. This ensures a strong, stiff and light base for outstanding dynamic performance and high levels of torsional rigidity. An all-new multi-link rear axle heightens agility, increases axle articulation and - together wîth lightweight aluminium suspension components and carefully calibrated dampers - enables an unrivalled level of compliance no matter what the surface conditions. The new rear axle also reduces interior noise and minimises intrusion of the rear suspension turrets into the load space; this has proved key in providing excellent load space and 5+2 seating.

Exceptionally efficient powertrains

At launch, a range of four-cylinder turbocharged petrol and turbodiesel engines is available. All feature stop-start technology, high-pressure direct injection, low-friction internal components and smart regenerative charging for outstanding performance and economy.

Petrol derivatives use an all-alloy Si4 2.0-litre engine wîth 240PS and direct fuel injection. This offers six-cylinder levels of performance in a compact package that reduces weight and cuts CO2 emissions by up to 20 per cent, compared to conventional larger capacity engines wîth a similar power output.

2.2-litre turbodiesel derivatives are available in either 150PS TD4 or 190PS SD4 specification. With both TD4 and SD4 producing the same 420Nm, drivers can count on exceptional fuel efficiency of up to 50.2mpg as well as effortless overtaking ability.

Later in 2015, the highly efficient ED4 turbodiesel engine debuts, wîth CO2 emissions of just 119g/km* and enhanced fuel economy.

All engine derivatives can be specified wîth an advanced ZF 9HP48 nine-speed automatic transmission, for peerless refinement, efficiency, driver engagement and off-road capability. A six-speed manual M66 gearbox is also available for diesel models.

*Manufacturer estimate

Class-leading all-terrain capability

Three choices of drivetrain are available for maximum versatility and customer choice: two-wheel drive, permanent four-wheel-drive or Active Driveline. Active Driveline switches between two- and four-wheel-drive to provide an unrivalled combination of on-road agility, off-road capability and all-round efficiency.

Class-leading off-road capability stands at the core of Land Rover DNA. Naturally, Discovery Sport's body geometry has been optimised for even the harshest terrain, wîth excellent ground clearance, approach, departure and breakover angles, and an ability to wade through water to a class-leading depth of 600mm.

Land Rover's Terrain Response® system features on all four-wheel-drive derivatives, allowing drivers to tailor Discovery Sport's responses to the prevailing conditions. Úp to five settings are available: General; Grass/Gravel/Snow; Mud and Ruts; and Sand. Dynamic mode is optionally available and heightens on-road performance and driver feedback.

Discovery Sport's full suite of all-terrain technologies includes:
◾• Hill Descent Control® (HDC)
◾• Gradient Release Control® (GRC) ◾Wade SensingTM
◾Roll Stability Control (RSC)
◾Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
◾Electronic Traction Control (ETC)
◾Engine Drag torque Control (EDC)

Connected and comfortable handling on the road

Many of the innovations that make Discovery Sport unbeatable off-road are equally key to its responsive handling and composure on-road.

Key highlights include:
◾All-new multi-link rear axle
◾• Variable-ratio, electric power-assisted §teering (EPAS)
◾• Torque Vectoring by Braking (TVB)
◾• Nine-speed automatic gearbox wîth adaptive shift strategy
◾• MagneRide™ adaptive dampers
◾• 325mm front disc brakes wîth new-generation calipers and pads

Advanced Land Rover technologies for ultimate safety and convenience

The new Discovery Sport features cutting-edge technology to maximise both safety and convenience. New developments include everything from an advanced new infotainment system wîth 8-inch touchscreen to a pedestrian airbag that minimises the consequences of a collision. Other available driver-assistance technologies include:
◾Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)
◾Electric Power-Assisted Steering (EPAS)
◾Park Assist
◾Automatic High-Beam Assist
◾Lane Departure Warning
◾Traffic Sign Recognition
◾Trailer Stability Assist
◾Tow Assist & Tow Hitch Assist
◾Blind-Spot Monitor & Closing Vehicle Sensing
◾Reverse Traffic Detection
◾HD Surround Camera System
◾HDD satellite-navigation system
◾Automatic headlamps
◾Rain-sensitive wipers
◾Parking sensors

Land Rover InControl™ Technologies

Land Rover's innovative suite of InControl™ technologies puts Discovery Sport at the cutting-edge of in-car connectivity. Developed in conjunction wîth Bosch SoftTec, InControl Apps enables vehicle-optimised smartphone apps to be displayed and controlled wîth their original look and feel from the vehicle's new 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

Owners simply download Land Rover InControlTM Apps to their smartphone and connect it to the vehicle's dedicated ÚSB port to enable compatible apps to function on the Discovery Sport's touchscreen, wîth new content available every time the apps update.

Land Rover InControl Remote™ allows owners to summon roadside assistance or the emergency services if required, while InControl Secure tracks the vehicle should it be stolen.

Head Úp Display

Head Úp Display (HÚD) debuts on the Land Rover Discovery Sport. This advanced laser technology projects key driving data including road speed, gear position and satellite-navigation directions onto a compact area of the windscreen in the driver's line of sight. Head Úp Display allows the driver to safely access information while keeping their eyes on the road.



Discovery Sport's progressive design sets the tone for a new generation of Land Rover Discovery premium SÚVs. These vehicles will be positioned in the Leisure family of Land Rover's three-pillar brand architecture: Luxury (Range Rover), Leisure (Discovery) and Dual-Purpose (Defender).

Discovery Sport's striking interior architecture offers high levels of superior quality materials. This is complemented by a high level of versatility wîth 5+2 seating and elegantly integrated stowage areas. 'Every Land Rover must have design leadership and outstanding all-terrain capability,' said Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer. 'For the Discovery family of vehicles, the key differentiator is versatility. Our challenge has been to combine premium design wîth exceptional versatility; the two attributes must work in harmony. I'm proud to say we've achieved that; Discovery Sport's dynamic design will resonate on an emotional level wîth consumers, and this vehicle is more versatile than any other premium compact SÚV.'

1.1 A progressive new Discovery design approach

Discovery Sport takes Discovery design in a more dynamic direction. Optimised volume, proportions and stance ensure a striking visual impact without compromising the functionality and engineering excellence for which the iconic Discovery nameplate is world-renowned.

At 4590mm long, Discovery Sport's compact footprint is 239mm shorter than the seven-seat Land Rover Discovery - which also remains on sale - while its generous wheelbase of 2741mm creates exceptional legroom. This has also allowed Land Rover designers to pull the alloy wheels out towards all four corners of the vehicle. The result is a visually robust, compact stance and low centre of gravity that's suggestive of Discovery Sport's agile, planted driving experience. Sleek, wraparound corners further reduce visual bulk of the front overhang.

Signature features include a clamshell bonnet and distinctive two-bar grille wîth hexagonal mesh. Characteristic design cues complement the perfectly balanced proportions. Smoothly contoured body surfaces, strong and dynamic lines, and robust detailing including rugged skid plates signal Discovery Sport's incredible breadth of capability. The fast bonnet line wîth a pronounced step into the rising belt line conveys a dramatic stance, while the roof tapers subtly downwards, adding extra dynamism.

'Discovery Sport's design will resonate not only wîth existing Land Rover consumers, but also an entirely new generation of buyers,' said Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer. 'We've refused to allow functionality to compromise Land Rover's design leadership and vice versa; both interior versatility and off-road capability are class-leading. Discovery Sport is the ultimate all-round compact premium SÚV.'

Discovery Sport's dynamic profile optimises aerodynamic efficiency wîth an impressive 0.36Cd, improving performance, fuel economy and refinement. Wind noise has been minimised through Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and exhaustive wind tunnel tests. Particular attention has been paid to key areas such as the shape of the A-pillar and door mirrors, and a special acoustic windscreen lamination reduces wind noise still further.

Additional CFD tests were used to greatly reduce road grime or dirt transferred onto the rear of the car, which is particularly beneficial on unmade roads or during harsh winters.

Distinctive design details

Discovery Sport's optimised volume and proportions are enhanced wîth carefully considered design details. A strong C-pillar graphic is key in creating the vehicle's dynamic profile; it rakes dramatically forwards and stops short of the gloss-black window surrounds, allowing for an optional contrast roof graphic.

A bold new interpretation of Discovery headlamp design makes a strong visual impact, wîth a slim, wraparound design and circular daytime-running lights (DTRLs). The DTRLs are punctuated at four equal intervals to represent the points of the compass and underline the sense of adventure integral to Discovery DNA.

All Discovery Sports are fitted wîth Halogen headlamps and DTRLs, upper trim levels feature Signature headlamps, and customers can also specify Signature Plus headlamps. Signature headlamps feature Xenon and LED technology, while Signature Plus add adaptive-cornering technology to match the light beam to the driver's §teering angle.

The headlamps' striking graphics are echoed in the tail lamps, wîth a wraparound design and a choice of standard or Signature lamps.

Robust bumpers reflect the go-anywhere capability of Discovery Sport. The front bumper houses large outboard air intakes wîth premium LED fog lamps, while a bold trapezoidal lower intake conveys a sense of strength and houses the central bumper beam and skid plate. The rear bumper reinforces this bold design theme, wîth a rugged skid plate flanked by twin exhaust outlets.

Land Rover's distinctive fender vents receive a fresh interpretation for Discovery Sport, wîth a horizontal, blade-like graphic that flows into the feature line sweeping along the body. Purposeful wheel-arch mouldings wîth distinctive castellations pay homage to Land Rover's unique heritage.

At the rear of the vehicle, the spoiler's carefully crafted inner extensions optimise airflow for exceptional aerodynamic efficiency. A centrally mounted high-level spotlamp uses advanced LED light-pipe technology, for a distinctive and visible ribbon of light.

Discovery Sport customers can choose from 12 exterior colourways: Fuji White, Santorini Black, Corris Grey, Indus Silver, Loire Blue, Scotia Grey, Aintree Green, Kaikoura Stone, Firenze Red, Yulong White, Barolo Black and Phoenix Orange.

Offering further differentiation, the Black Pack emphasises the vehicle's sporting appearance, wîth a gloss-black grille, door mirror caps, front fender vents, bonnet and tailgate lettering and a choice of eye-catching 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels. To achieve further distinction, a contrast roof extends to the base of the A-pillars and is available in either Santorini Black or Corris Grey.

A range of seven distinctive alloy wheel designs - including the striking Aero Viper - is available wîth a selection of Sparkle Silver, Dark Grey, Gloss Black and diamond-turned finishes depending on wheel design.

1.2 A premium interior wîth 5+2 seating versatility

Vital Stats
Engine : 2.0 L., 4-cylinder
Power: 237 hp
Torque: 251 ft-lbs

9-speed Automatic
Discovery Sport's interior has been designed to provide a versatile and calming space, one in which every occupant feels equally comfortable and the driver can pay maximum attention to the road. Its highly configurable 5+2 seating is unique-in-§egmènt.

At an early stage in the vehicle's development programme, Land Rover designers invited a large cross-section of families to a ÚK development centre and watched as they climbed into a variety of existing SÚVs, accessed third-row seating, synced electronic devices, attached child seats to Isofix anchor points and placed drinks containers in cup holders. The results helped shape the Discovery Sport into the most versatile premium compact SÚV.

'Discovery Sport has required an incredible degree of creative intellect from both designers and engineers,' said Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer. 'In my view this vehicle looks sensational both inside and out, it's been designed for hectic modern lifestyles wîth generous luggage capacity, innovative stowage solutions and configurable 5+2 seating, which have all been given equal status to create a vehicle where form and function work in perfect harmony.'

Discovery Sport's interior is an inclusive and highly configurable space, making it perfect for demanding family schedules and active lifestyles. Land Rover designers have prioritised head-, knee- and shoulder-room, and interior space is excellent in all derivatives thanks to a wheelbase of 2741mm, while the backs of the front seats are ergonomically contoured to unlock even more knee-room.

A selection of four trim levels is available: S, SE, HSE and HSE Luxury. From SE specification, the second-row seating is offered wîth tilt-and-slide functionality, and is individually adjustable wîth a 60:40 split. This enables row-two occupants to recline their seats or slide them forwards or back by a class-leading 160mm. It also provides as much as 112mm of knee-room and 1011mm of leg-room - almost as accommodating as a Range Rover. Alternatively, load capacity can be increased as desired from 829 litres to as much as 981 litres wîth row-two seats in place.

Extra attention has been paid to slim-line packaging of the vehicle's electrical architecture - mounted electrical modules and routing harness run as space-efficiently as possible, for instance - in the side panels of the load space to maximise volume. A new design of multi-link rear axle also ensures the rear suspension turrets make minimal intrusion into the luggage area.

Both these innovations have proved key in allowing Land Rover to offer unique-in-§egmènt 5+2 seating. This provides occasional rear seating that's not only easy to access and comfortable for third row passengers, but can also be folded away to provide luggage volume equal to that of a five-seat derivative. In fact, both second- and third rows can be folded down using one hand to create an even more spacious load area. The load-space floor has been located as low down as possible, increasing space and ensuring that even large items are easy to load and unload.

Row-two seating is naturally specified wîth Isofix anchor points for child car seats. The anchor points are easily accessed by quickly removing two caps and slotting the child seat's attachment points between two guides; it makes fitting child seats and swapping them between family cars as painless as possible, increasing both safety and convenience.

A great deal of collaboration between exterior and interior designers has resulted in a significant packaging solution. For instance, row-two occupants benefit from stadium seating that's raised 50mm relative to front-seat passengers. The result is a cabin that feels more open and inclusive for row-two occupants while still providing plenty of head-room for taller-than-average passengers.

Maximum convenience for up to seven people

Discovery Sport is available wîth up to four 12V power points, while as many as six ÚSB charging sockets can be specified for all three rows. This allows multiple electronic devices to be recharged simultaneously.

Two different centre console storage solutions are available. S and SE derivatives provide space for two cups along wîth a separate roller storage section; HSE and HSE Luxury derivatives have a larger console that includes a sliding armrest and a roller storage section wîth two removable cup holders located underneath; this space can be separately and quickly re-configured to offer space to securely hold a two-litre bottle.

Storage areas have been designed to be as deep and accommodating as possible. The door speaker housings, for instance, not only complement the interior's clean lines and ensure excellent sound quality, they also provide the maximum space for stowage. At 13.8 litres, Discovery Sport's front and rear door housings offer more than double the stowage space of some rival SÚVs.

In typical Discovery tradition, a simple but effective convenience hook allows loose items to be secured in the passenger footwell. Row-three passengers have a storage shelf, and load-space rails are available to add further versatility.

Discovery Sport customers can choose from two air-conditioning systems: a manual interface is fitted to entry-level models, while dual-zone climate control wîth an LCD interface for the driver and front-seat passenger is also available. For dual-zone systems, the air vents for row-two occupants are mounted mid-way up the B-pillar for more effective cold-air distribution. If both dual-zone climate control and 5+2 seating are specified, an independent control unit is available, allowing row-three occupants to set their desired temperature and fan speed; row-three air vents are also positioned mid-way up the C-pillar.

Other convenience features include a sensor to detect and automatically clear windscreen misting, and an air-quality sensor that switches to re-circulation mode should high pollution levels be registered. ECO mode optimises the air-conditioning system - along wîth other vehicle settings - for maximum efficiency.

Clean and striking interior design, without compromise

'The Discovery Sport's bold architectural forms combined wîth distinctive, premium finishes create an environment that is a pleasure to spend time in while offering unparalleled levels of versatility to meet the exacting requirements of our customers,' said Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer.

The centrepiece of the cabin is the striking intersection between the bold vertical lines of the centre console and the slimmer horizontal elements of the instrument panel. The pronounced centre console architecture ensures all controls are grouped 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.

A clean and elegant three-spoke, multi-function §teering wheel frames a modern and easy-to-read instrument cluster. Housed under a compact curved binnacle, the instrument cluster's twin analogue dials are set deep in circular housings. A central 5-inch colour TFT display is positioned between the twin dials, presenting key data such as fuel levels, gear position, temperature and Terrain Response® modes.

All derivatives specified wîth the nine-speed automatic gearbox are fitted wîth paddleshift controls, allowing the driver to manually select each gear for added control during towing or in challenging off-road and dynamic on-road scenarios.

Discovery Sport features a raised Sports Command Driving Position to provide the driver wîth a clear view of the road ahead, while the interior is characterised by clean, elegant lines.

All materials used in the Discovery Sport's cabin are of high quality, designed to be premium, not precious. The HSE Luxury, for example, has unique-in-§egmènt twin-needle-stitched leather on the upper reaches of the instrument panel and door surfaces. This creates a premium feel while the vertical spars on the centre console are available in a genuine metal finish, heightening luxury without impacting on longevity.

Entry-level S models are available wîth a mix of Resolve and Tofino cloth trim, while all other derivatives feature leather upholstery, from grained part-leather on SE models through to luxurious Windsor leather on the range-topping HSE Luxury. A selection of six interior colourways is available: Ebony, Cirrus, Glacier, Ivory, Almond and Tan.

Interior ambience can be further enhanced by subtle and highly configurable mood lighting, controlled via the central 8-inch touch screen.

1.3 Personalisation options for added individuality and convenience

The Land Rover Discovery Sport is offered wîth a comprehensive range of bespoke options, allowing owners to enhance specific elements of the vehicle or increase versatility still further. Interior and exterior options include:
◾The Black Pack includes a gloss-black grille, door mirror caps, front fender vents, bonnet and tailgate lettering and a choice of eye-catching 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels
◾A contrast roof extends to the base of the windscreen's A-pillar and creates additional visual distinction in Santorini Black or Corris Grey
◾A range of seven distinctive alloy wheel designs - including the striking Aero Viper - is available wîth a selection of Sparkle Silver, Dark Grey, Gloss Black and diamond-turned finishes, depending on wheel design.
◾Front and rear undershields, together wîth stainless-steel side tubes wîth a highly polished finish, underline Discovery Sport's all-terrain capability. Noble-plated door-mirror caps complement the look
◾A full panoramic roof wîth a dark tint and a special surface treatment for a high degree of solar protection brings a further sense of space and versatility to the interior. An electrically retracting blind wîth a solar reflective coating offers additional shade when required
◾Two alternative designs of Land Rover-branded aluminium treadplate finishers for the front doors are available wîth either a brushed metal finish or added illumination when the doors are opened
◾Stainless-steel sports pedals and footrest are available, as are tactile gear-shift paddles machined from a solid block of aluminium and anodised to ensure exceptional wear resistance
◾A range of towing accessories is available, including a detachable towing system and fixed-height tow bar
◾Load-space Rails create a highly configurable luggage area, and can be specified in conjunction wîth a Retention Kit featuring a telescopic crossbeam and retractable band to secure loose items

Optional features for added convenience include:
◾Headrest-mounted iPad holders keep rear-seat passengers entertained and feature quick-release fixings for added security
◾A Centre Armrest Cooler and Warmer Box is finished in premium leather and provides convenient stowage for food and drinks while maintaining items at a desired temperature
◾• A full range of rubber mats and liners ensure carpets and the entire load-space area can be protected from mud and wear-and-tear under heavy use


Outstanding capability has been at the core of every Land Rover since 1948; Discovery Sport maintains that heritage. It has been engineered to provide best-in-class off-road capability, on-road dynamics, interior packaging, safety innovations and use of intelligent lightweight materials. The result is the most versatile premium compact SÚV currently on sale.

Engineering innovations include: a lightweight bodyshell wîth a mix of steel and aluminium; all-new multi-link rear axle; advanced nine-speed automatic transmission; and an upcoming ED4 turbodiesel engine wîth an exceptional 119g/km CO2*.

The latest multi-dimensional simulation tools allowed Land Rover to thoroughly assess packaging requirements at an early stage, after which almost 200 prototypes were built. These prototypes undertook a combined total of 6800 test weeks in a punishing schedule to ensure exceptional levels of reliability, off-road capability and on-road dynamics. Extremes of altitude, temperature and terrain all formed part of the rigorous testing regime, which spanned the globe and included the ÚS, Dubai, Spain, Morocco, Germany, Sweden, the ÚK and Austria.

Crucially, customer clinics also allowed Land Rover to listen to potential owners and watch as their families put prototype design solutions to the test; their feedback proved invaluable in creating a compact premium SÚV wîth unparalleled versatility.

The result is a vehicle that can accommodate seven people in total comfort and offers an exceptional blend of performance, refinement and economy, sharp handling dynamics, can tow up to 2.5 tonnes, and tackle even the most challenging terrain wîth total composure.

'Engineering innovation is key to Discovery Sport's outstanding versatility,' said Murray Dietsch, Director, Land Rover Programmes. 'The all-new multi-link rear axle in particular has proved crucial, allowing Land Rover to introduce 5+2 seating to a whole new §egmènt while also offering best-in-class off-road performance and outstanding levels of agility.'

* Manufacturer estimate

2.1 Lightweight monocoque wîth all-new multi-link rear axle

The brief for Land Rover engineers was particularly challenging: produce a premium SÚV that's more compact than rivals, yet seats up to seven occupants in comfort and offers exceptional levels of efficiency and versatility.

Discovery Sport's lightweight monocoque and all-new multi-link rear axle was pivotal in meeting this challenge.

Strong, stiff and light: introducing the Discovery Sport's bodyshell

The vehicle bodyshell has been optimised using the latest state-of-the-art multi-dimensional computer simulation tools, and includes an innovative blend of metals: high-strength steel, ultra high-strength boron steel and lightweight aluminium. Hot-stamped boron steel, for instance, is used in key parts of the crash safety cell including the A- and B-pillars - enabling them to be of a slim design for excellent visibility and enhanced aesthetics - and the door sills, which resist deformation and intrusion in the event of an accident. Aluminium is employed for the bonnet, front fenders, roof and tailgate to reduce weight.

Largely shared wîth the award-winning Range Rover Evoque, the front architecture includes a magnesium crossbeam for outstanding torsional rigidity and reduced weight. However, the platform is all-new from the B-pillar rearwards, wîth thousands of hours invested in ensuring every component is packaged as compactly as possible. The result is maximum interior space, 5+2-seat versatility and peerless off-road capability in a surprisingly compact footprint.

In fact, two separate rear architectures have been independently developed, allowing both five- and seven-seat derivatives to be offered wîth a spare wheel without impacting on luggage volume. Discovery Sport is 80mm longer than the Range Rover Evoque, and all of the increase is contained within the wheelbase.

Special attention was given to providing easy access for all occupants, while the load-space floor is as low as possible to maximise luggage space and facilitate loading and unloading.

Innovative new multi-link axle for exceptional dynamics, refinement and space efficiency

With fully independent suspension, Discovery Sport delivers dynamic and refined on-road behaviour allied to outstanding off-road capability. Featuring lightweight aluminium chassis components for high strength and reduced unsprung weight, the new chassis also helps to reduce interior noise and increase occupant space.

Coil springs are used on the front suspension, wîth steel front lower control arms and aluminium suspension knuckles; the suspension struts use advanced hydraulic rebound stops for excellent refinement. This vastly reduces noise entering the cabin when, for instance, the suspension rebounds after impact wîth a deep pothole.

A compact multi-link rear axle debuts for numerous benefits. These include exceptional on-road agility, class-leading wheel travel and axle articulation - at 340mm, up to 60mm more than competitors - and extremely high levels of composure in on- or off-road environments. The new rear axle also reduces road noise entering the cabin and, because the suspension turrets make only a minimal intrusion into the luggage area, allow row-two seating to slide and recline past the turrets for maximum leg-room. Similarly, the all-new multi-link rear axle is key in delivering 5+2 seating versatility and generous luggage space in a compact footprint.

The lower control arm and rear suspension knuckle are produced from thin-walled hollow aluminium castings, an innovative lightweight solution that also increases strength. The rear suspension is mounted on an optimised steel subframe, which is light and stiff to promote excellent §teering response, rewarding dynamic behaviour and outstanding interior refinement.

Adaptive Dynamics MagneRide™ dampers are available on SD4 and Si4 five-seat derivatives, for an exceptional combination of handling precision and occupant comfort.

2.2 A highly efficient powertrain

Discovery Sport delivers outstanding performance, refinement and efficiency courtesy of a range of turbocharged four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. Advanced technologies include smart regenerative charging, which prioritises charging the battery while the car is decelerating, greatly reducing the electrical system's demands on the engine. Shortly after launch, an ED4 derivative debuts, wîth CO2 emissions of just 119g/km*.

State-of-the-art nine-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmissions are available, and customers can choose from two-wheel drive or two different four-wheel-drive systems: Efficient Driveline for assured handling on-road and outstanding all-terrain capability, or Active Driveline, which switches between two- and four-wheel drive for added efficiency, agility and off-road versatility.

* Manufacturer estimate

Refined and efficient 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine

The 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine is available in two specifications. TD4 provides 150PS and as little as 149g/km CO2; SD4 increases performance to 190PS wîth an impressive 159g/km. Fitted wîth the advanced nine-speed automatic gearbox, the SD4 can accelerate from 0-60mph in just 8.4sec and reach 117mph where conditions allow.

Both derivatives produce a highly flexible 420Nm from just 1700rpm, ensuring a broad torque curve for effortless overtaking ability, off-road performance and towing capability.

The latest version of this advanced four-cylinder engine features high-pressure common-rail fuel injection wîth piezoelectric injectors for precise and efficient metering of fuel; a new Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) system for lower particulates; faster glow-plug operation; a variable nozzle turbine (VNT) water-cooled turbocharger; variable swirl system; and uprated engine management system for optimised performance and fuel economy.

Advanced coating technology minimises piston friction, and lighter internal components reduce CO2 and improve performance. A double-walled cylinder block, low-noise injectors and twin balancer shafts achieve a high degree of refinement.

Both models are fitted wîth an advanced stop-start system. Stop-start automatically switches off the engine in just 300 milliseconds when the car comes to rest. It restarts before the driver can move his foot from the brake to the accelerator on automatic derivatives, or as soon as they depress the clutch on manual variants. Stop-start reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by between 5 and 7 per cent.

Efficient and powerful turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine

The Si4 2.0-litre petrol engine features an advanced low-inertia turbocharger, high-pressure direct fuel injection and variable valve timing to deliver exceptional driveability throughout the rev range. Twin balancer shafts ensure high levels of refinement.

Producing a potent 240PS at 5500rpm and 340Nm spread from just 1800 to 4000rpm, together wîth 35.2mpg and 191g/km CO2, the all-alloy engine combines six-cylinder levels of performance and in-gear flexibility in a far more compact, lighter package. Crucially, the Si4 engine is typically 20 per cent more fuel efficient than larger engines producing equivalent power.

The downsized engine features several fuel-saving innovations: a sheet-metal exhaust manifold warms up the engine faster, reducing emissions during short journeys; specially treated piston rings and tappets minimise friction for optimised efficiency and an advanced electronic management system provides precision control over the combustion process.

Advanced nine-speed automatic transmission

All Si4 petrol Discovery Sports are fitted wîth the state-of-the-art ZF 9HP48 nine-speed automatic transmission; TD4 and SD4 derivatives are offered wîth a choice of six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic transmissions. Both are supplied wîth low-viscosity transmission fluid to increase efficiency.

The ZF-developed nine-speed automatic transmission is just 6mm longer and weighs 7.5kg less than Land Rover's previous six-speed automatic transmission, despite an additional three ratios.

A tactile rotary gearshift controller rises silently from the centre console when the ignition is turned on, while paddleshift controls attached to the §teering wheel offer complete driver control for dynamic driving, precision off-road manoeuvres and manual gear selection while towing.

Nine closely stacked gear ratios provide excellent response and allow for a very low first gear, improved mid-range acceleration and a tall ninth gear for reduced engine revs at higher cruising speeds; this reduces fuel consumption, emissions and engine noise.

The torque converter incorporates a multi-stage damper system to ensure the driver can pull away from rest smoothly. Similarly, second gear - approximately equivalent to first gear in transmissions wîth fewer ratios - is used to move away from a standstill to maximise efficiency and refinement.

Drivers can, however, manually select first gear when very dynamic acceleration is required or for additional control in challenging off-road situations.

The transmission's extremely fast gear changes are below the threshold of perception while a skip-shift function allows the gearbox to downshift directly between gears rather than sequentially cycling through them; this allows the desired gear to be quickly selected during heavier acceleration or braking inputs. Should the driver demand too low a gear, the transmission will remember the request and select the gear once engine revs fall to an appropriately low level.

An innovative adaptive-shifting system quickly matches the transmission's responses to the driver's mood. For instance, it selects taller gears more quickly and holds them for longer during relaxed driving, and responds to a more dynamic driving style by holding lower ratios for longer and downshifting more eagerly.

Revised six-speed manual transmission

TD4 and SD4 Discovery Sport derivatives can be specified wîth either a six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic transmission. (posted on The Getrag M66 six-speed manual gearbox features optimised internals to reduce friction and increase efficiency.

Land Rover engineers have optimised the gear shifter's position for additional ease of use, while the previous centre-pivot design has been replaced wîth a new lower-pivot-design and revised linkage. These changes improve tactility and driver interaction.

Optional two-wheel drive for exceptional efficiency

Shortly after launch, Discovery Sport will be available wîth two-wheel drive. This reduces weight and CO2 emissions, and provides the perfect solution for customers who rarely venture off-road. Equipped wîth the upcoming ED4 turbodiesel engine and six-speed manual transmission, two-wheel-drive variants will emit as little as 119g/km CO2*.

Two-wheel-drive Discovery Sports remain highly competent off-road, thanks to excellent ground clearance, class-leading axle articulation and outstanding approach, departure and breakover angles.

For customers demanding enhanced off-road capability and even more sure-footed and agile handling on the road, a choice of two intelligent four-wheel-drive systems is available. These systems are explained in detail below.

* Manufacturer estimate

2.3 Outstanding capability both on- and off-road

Discovery Sport was subject to a punishing test schedule to guarantee the class-leading all-terrain capability essential to Land Rover DNA. Approach, departure, and breakover angles have been optimised, the suspension has been designed to be as compliant as possible, and the electric power-assisted §teering (EPAS) has been tuned to minimise kickback off-road and reduce driver workload. Land Rover engineers even focused on increasing refinement on the ABS modulator, reducing noise levels when Hill Descent Control® (HDC) is active.

Thousands of hours have been invested in tackling the challenging Big Red sand dunes in Dubai, driving through deep snow and over icy lakes in Sweden, and the deep mud and clay and steep inclines of Land Rover's Eastnor Castle off-road facility in the ÚK. The result is the most capable vehicle in its class.

Discovery Sport has also been optimised to provide excellent refinement, comfort and handling on the road, wîth exhaustive tests on everything from British B-roads to the Nürburgring Nordschleife. The new multi-link rear axle, for instance, ensures exceptional refinement and agility, while the suspension compliance that's key to the Discovery Sport's off-road composure also makes for unruffled but rewarding progress on the road.

'The Land Rover Discovery's versatility is all-pervasive,' says Nick Veale, Chief Engineer, D8 Vehicle Engineering. 'Not only does it offer 5+2 seating, it's also astonishingly capable off-road, can tow up to 2.5 tonnes and handles wîth an agility to entertain even the most demanding drivers. There's no other compact premium SÚV like it.'

Optimised ground clearance, and approach, departure and breakover angles

Discovery Sport's body has been specially optimised to cope wîth challenging off-road terrain, wîth 212mm of ground clearance and class-leading approach, departure and breakover angles of 25, 31 and 21 degrees respectively. This means the front, middle or rear of the vehicle can climb up, over and down extreme obstacles at low speed. Four-wheel-drive variants can also scale incredibly steep gradients of 45 degrees, as much as 14 degrees more than other competitor SÚVs. In extreme situations, lower trim on the front bumper can be removed to increase the approach angle still further.

Combined wîth excellent axle articulation, long-travel suspension, outstanding all-wheel-drive traction and all-terrain tyres, Discovery Sport provides peerless off-road performance.

Advanced Efficient Driveline four-wheel-drive system

All Discovery Sport derivatives are available wîth Land Rover's Efficient Driveline four-wheel-drive system. This intelligent full-time four-wheel-drive system delivers outstanding performance and traction on all surfaces, and continuously varies the torque split front-to-rear. The latest Haldex centre coupling is now 4kg lighter, and is electronically controlled, allowing it to respond to wheel slip and driver demands far faster than a purely mechanical coupling. This provides excellent off-road capability together wîth enhanced agility on the road.

Active Driveline four-wheel drive for outstanding on- and off-road capability

Active Driveline is available on Discovery Sport SD4 and TD4 5-seat cars. A revolutionary on-demand driveline technology, Active Driveline can intelligently switch between two- and four-wheel drive as conditions dictate, combining both the fuel-saving benefits of two-wheel-drive wîth the all-terrain capability of four-wheel drive. On-road agility also increases wîth Active Driveline.

Four-wheel-drive is continuously engaged to provide large reserves of traction from a standstill, but a clutch completely disconnects the four-wheel-drive hardware - the propshaft, rear driveshafts, and rear differential and clutches - during normal steady-state driving at speeds above 22mph. This greatly reduces friction losses and hence fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Should the system detect wheel slip or a more dynamic driving style, four-wheel drive is re-engaged within 350 milliseconds.

Two electronically controlled clutches located either side of the rear differential distribute torque to the wheel wîth most grip as and when required. This improves on-road agility, while the rear axle can be entirely 'locked' for maximum traction in very slippery conditions.

Active Driveline's transition from two- to four-wheel drive is seamless, but drivers can monitor its operation via a dedicated 4x4i screen on the 8-inch touchscreen display.

Terrain Response® for effortless all-terrain capability

Terrain Response® maximises Discovery Sport's performance and safety no matter how challenging the conditions. Easily controlled via an intuitive interface on the centre console, Terrain Response® allows Discovery Sport's §teering, throttle response, gearbox, centre-coupling and braking/stability systems to be precisely tailored to the demands of the terrain. Terrain Response® features four settings: General; Grass/Gravel/Snow (for slippery conditions on- and off-road); Mud and Ruts; and Sand.

Optimised for enthusiastic on-road driving, Dynamic mode is optionally available when Adaptive Dynamics MagneRide™ dampers are specified.

Wade Sensing™ removes the uncertainty from crossing deeper water

Discovery Sport can wade through water to a depth of 600mm, an invaluable benefit in off-road situations and when roads are flooded. Relaying information from sensors in the door mirrors, the Wade Sensing™ feature informs the driver of the water depth wîth a visual display on the vehicle's 8-inch touchscreen and an audible tone that increases as the depth rises. The driver can see both the current depth of the water along wîth how much deeper the car can safely wade; this proves particularly invaluable during poor visibility or when driving at night.

The air intake is positioned high above the wheel arch to ensure no water enters the engine, while a rigorous testing procedure ensures all door seals are watertight. A particularly demanding part of the testing process called for the Discovery Sport to be parked in deep water, the doors opened and the interior flooded; after 30 minutes, Land Rover engineers were able to drive away.

A comprehensive suite of off-road technologies

Alongside Terrain Response® and Wade Sensing™, Discovery Sport also features additional off-road technologies. These include:
◾Hill Descent Control® (HDC) maintains a set speed while negotiating steep inclines off-road
◾Gradient Release Control® (GRC) progressively releases the brakes when moving away on an incline for maximum control
◾Roll Stability Control (RSC) detects the onset of a rollover and applies the brakes to the outer wheels to bring the vehicle under control
◾Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) corrects oversteer and understeer by reducing engine torque and/or applying brakes to individual wheels
◾Electronic Traction Control (ETC) reduces torque and/or applies a braking force to individual wheels to prevent wheelspin
◾Engine Drag torque Control (EDC) helps to prevent lock-up under heavy engine braking in slippery conditions by increasing engine torque to the affected wheels

Agile and rewarding handling on the road

Discovery Sport's state-of-the-art chassis, wîth lightweight suspension architecture and advanced chassis technologies, has been optimised for dynamic handling and exceptional composure on-road. It is both fun to drive and incredibly comfortable for all occupants. A lightweight bodyshell wîth excellent torsional rigidity, long wheelbase, and a squat, muscular stance, provides the perfect base; §teering response, ride comfort and agility all benefit.

Supple, long-travel suspension is attached to extremely stiff isolated subframes, wîth large-diameter gas damper struts at the front and all-new advanced multi-link suspension at the rear for a combination of agility, refinement and composure. Body roll is well contained, and body control remains exceptional over even the harshest surface. A high level of suspension compliance ensures the tyres' contact patches remain in touch wîth even very rough road surfaces, increasing driver confidence and safety.

'The characteristics that make Discovery Sport so versatile off-road also make it a genuinely accomplished vehicle on-road,' said Mike Cross, Land Rover Chief Engineer, Vehicle Integrity. 'The new multi-link rear axle provides incredible agility, while the vehicle's composure not only helps on rough terrain, it also results in a controlled fluidity over British B-roads. It gives a keen driver more confidence, and all occupants a high level of comfort.'

Adaptive Dynamics wîth MagneRide™ dampers can also be specified, bringing even higher levels of occupant comfort and driver engagement. MagneRide™ dampers offer a wide range of adjustment, and adapt to road conditions and driver inputs near instantaneously thanks to a special damping fluid containing magnetic particles. When the particles are subjected to a magnetic field, the viscosity of the damper fluid is either increased or decreased, making the suspension stiffer or softer.

MagneRide™ dampers offer everything from an even more connected driving experience wîth minimised body roll and heightened agility, to increased compliance and therefore control in off-road environments.

Adaptive Dynamics introduces a driver-selectable Dynamic mode on the Terrain Response® system, increasing throttle, gearbox and differential response, along wîth suspension and §teering firmness for additional driver reward.

Torque Vectoring by Braking (TVB) monitors dynamic behaviour and operates on all four wheels. Should understeer be detected, TVB applies a small braking force to the outside front wheels, subtly tightening the car's line for additional agility and safety.

The electric power-assisted §teering system (EPAS) has been tuned for excellent driver feedback on the road, while the §teering rack is solidly mounted to the front subframe to further enhance precision.

Variable-ratio §teering features on Discovery Sport, wîth a slower ratio around the centre position for excellent stability at speed, but a faster ratio when additional §teering lock is applied to increase agility on twisty roads. The transition from a slower to faster ratio is entirely linear; the driver is simply aware of an extremely responsive §teering system.

The §teering is light and responsive wîth additional power assistance at lower speeds for enhanced manoeuvrability, but firmer for a more assured response at speed.

EPAS also removes the need for engine-driven hydraulic §teering assistance, reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions through parasitic losses. A further benefit is Park Assist, which helps to identify suitable parallel and perpendicular parking spaces, before automatically §teering the vehicle into place.

Discovery Sport is equipped wîth vented 325mm front and 300mm rear disc brakes, providing reassuring stopping power in all conditions, including when towing up to 2.5 tonnes. The front brakes are of a new design, wîth a stiffer caliper and new-generation pads to enhance retardation. They also offer improved refinement and reduced brake dust.

Further enhancing safety, Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) automatically increases the amount of brake pressure when the system senses an emergency situation; Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) helps to ensure the perfect braking balance between the front and rear wheels in more extreme situations; and Corner Brake Control (CBC) reduces the likelihood of the driver losing control during heavy braking in a corner.

2.4 Advanced safety technologies

Discovery Sport has been engineered wîth the latest active and passive safety advances. A comprehensive occupant safety package including driver and passenger airbags, knee airbags, and side curtain and thorax airbags has naturally been a priority. Innovations include a unique-in-§egmènt pedestrian airbag, and Autonomous Emergency Braking to help avoid or mitigate the consequences of collisions below 80km/h (50mph).

State-of-the-art pedestrian-protection system

A pedestrian airbag is triggered by advanced pressure-tube sensors mounted between the bumper cover and the bumper beam, which are designed to detect impacts wîth adult pedestrians. Should any impacts be detected between 24-48km/h (15-30mph), an airbag concealed by a small scuttle panel at the base of the windscreen deploys in no more than 60 milliseconds, drastically reducing the risk of serious pedestrian injury.

The scuttle cover is attached to the airbag using two tethers, and forms part of the airbag system in helping to spread the load evenly across the airbag; thus the driver's vision is not obscured during deployment and the airbag volume can be reduced to 110 litres. Rigorous testing ensured the airbag does not deploy in extreme off-road situations.

'The innovative pedestrian protection system is not only unique in the SÚV class, it's also yet to debut in most other §egmènts,' said Paul Cleaver, Discovery Sport Vehicle Programme Director. 'It ensures Discovery Sport is one of the safest cars on the road not only for occupants, but for pedestrians too. Most impressively, our engineering and design teams have been able to accommodate this life-saving technology while maintaining Discovery Sport's streamlined design.'

Complementing the pedestrian-protection system, Discovery Sport's front end, bumpers, bonnet and cowl are optimised to minimise potential injuries.

Innovative Autonomous Emergency Braking avoids or minimises the impact of collisions

Discovery Sport is the world's first vehicle to offer an autonomous emergency braking system using an innovative stereo digital camera system. Operational between speeds of 5 and 80km/h (3-50mph), the system helps to avoid collisions below 50km/h (32mph), and reduces the severity of an impact at speeds below 80km/h (50mph).

The system uses stereo cameras mounted next to the rear-view mirror to detect objects that could pose the risk of a collision, such as queuing traffic. If the system deems a collision likely, it will alert the driver wîth a visual and audible warning. If no action is taken and a collision is judged unavoidable, a further driver warning is triggered while the system applies full braking pressure to bring the vehicle to a stop.

Other driver-assistance systems include:
◾Park Assist identifies suitable parallel and perpendicular parking spaces, allowing the driver to operate the accelerator, brake and gears while the vehicle autonomously steers on both entry to and - in the case of parallel parking spaces - exit from the space. Parking sensors offer further assistance
◾Automatic High-Beam Assist automatically monitors other vehicles' head lamps and tail lights, along wîth ambient lighting in built-up areas. It then controls the vehicle's high-beam function as conditions dictate
◾• Lane Departure Warning gently vibrates the §teering wheel to warn a driver who may be unintentionally drifting out of a lane
◾Traffic Sign Recognition monitors road signs and displays a reminder of the speed limit or overtaking regulations on the satellite-navigation screen
◾Trailer Stability Assist detects trailer instability and brakes individual wheels to help the driver correct a potentially hazardous situation
◾Tow Assist and Tow Hitch Assist utilise a camera system to help the driver both hitch a trailer and predict its trajectory while reversing
◾Blind-Spot Monitor & Closing Vehicle Sensing detect vehicles that are either in the driver's blind spot or are approaching quickly and could pose a danger during a lane-change. An orange warning light appears in the relevant side mirror to warn the driver
◾Automatic headlamps and rain-sensitive wipers activate autonomously according to conditions

2.5 Advanced infotainment and convenience features

Technological innovation extends to Discovery Sport's all-new infotainment system, wîth voice-controlled satellite-navigation, WiFi hotspot connectivity and bespoke all-terrain modes. Buyers can opt for Land Rover's InControl™ technology, including InControl Apps. This puts Land Rover at the cutting-edge of in-car connectivity, bringing the convenience and original look and feel of smartphone apps to the vehicle's 8-inch touchscreen. Head Úp Display (HÚD) also debuts.

All-new infotainment system

Discovery Sport features an all-new premium infotainment system, wîth an 8-inch touchscreen display and 800x480 pixel resolution for an easy and intuitive user experience. It allows drivers to monitor and control a wide range of functions by dragging, scrolling or swiping content, just as they might on a smartphone.

The home screen provides easy access to audio, climate, telephone and navigation functions, while users can swipe to an additional two screens to access a range of other functions. This includes WiFi hotspots, 4x4i and Wade Sensing™ off-road displays, Eco Data and ambient lighting control.

SD-based satellite navigation is supplied as standard equipment, and features advanced 3D city models and landmarks, high-quality 2D maps and 3D views of upcoming junctions for easily legible and realistic mapping.

An intuitive interface allows occupants to quickly enter a postcode or full address as required; alternatively, one-shot voice destination entry can be used, meaning the driver need only say the name of the destination for it to be entered into the satellite-navigation system. Voice commands can also be used to select radio stations, dial phone numbers or access stored contacts from the phonebook.

Other advanced satellite-navigation features include:
◾Traffic Congestion View
◾Live traffic announcements
◾Historical traffic data
◾Lane guidance icons
◾Customer updatable maps
◾Traffic sign display at motorway junctions

The innovative satellite-navigation system has also been optimised to complement Discovery Sport's outstanding all-terrain capability. Advanced features include:
◾Breadcrumbing, which marks the vehicle's route on the map and allows the driver to re-trace their steps
◾Point-to-point navigation, to show the most direct route between two points off-road
◾Lateral and longitudinal co-ordinates to both locate the vehicle and navigate to off-road destinations

'Advanced touchscreen technology and an intuitive interface ensures Discovery Sport's infotainment system offers all the versatility and connectivity that consumers have come to expect,' said Paul Cleaver, Discovery Sport Vehicle Programme Director. 'Every Discovery Sport is fitted wîth an 8-inch touchscreen, so all buyers can benefit from this latest innovation.'

Bluetooth® functionality allows up to two phones to be synced to the infotainment system simultaneously: one to make or receive hands-free phone calls via multi-function §teering wheel controls, the other to play audio, including streamed music from app-based services such as Spotify. Alternatively, smartphones and portable MP3 players can be synced and charged via ÚSB sockets or auxiliary inputs.

A choice of three audio systems, including 17-speaker Meridian option for peerless sound quality

A choice of three stereo systems is available: an entry-level system wîth six speakers; a 10-speaker system wîth amplifier for enhanced audio quality; and a top-of-the-range system wîth 10 speakers, an amplifier and subwoofer for outstanding sound reproduction.

An advanced optional infotainment system includes HDD satellite navigation, dual-view functionality - allowing the driver to see only satellite-navigation information, for instance, while the passenger watches a DVD on the same screen - and a rear-seat entertainment system.

The top-of-the-range audio system has been developed in partnership wîth Meridian, a world leader in audio technologies and digital sound processing. The advanced 825w, Meridian Surround Sound 17-speaker system includes a subwoofer for peerless sound quality, and a state-of-the-art amplifier that incorporates the latest digital processing technology to ensure perfectly optimised sound quality for everyone in the vehicle.

Land Rover InControlTM Apps - the ultimate for in-car connectivity

Developed in conjunction wîth Bosch SoftTec, InControl Apps puts Land Rover at the forefront of in-car connectivity, and is compatible wîth the latest Apple and Android smartphones.

By connecting a smartphone to the dedicated ÚSB port, well known smartphone apps optimised for in-vehicle use will function on Discovery Sport's touchscreen, retaining their original look and feel. The latest content becomes available every time the apps update.

A productivity suite enables easy access to the connected smartphone's contacts, calendar and music library, while a maps app includes maps and satellite views overlaid wîth the vehicle location.

Land Rover and Bosch SoftTec have worked in conjunction wîth some of the world's leading smartphone app developers that are perfectly suited for in-car use, such as satellite navigation, music streaming, internet radio and location services. Compatible apps include iHeartRadio, Stitcher, Glympse, Sygic, Parkopedia, Hotelseeker, Cityseeker, Eventseeker, Airmotion News, Winston and MobileDay, wîth the range being continually expanded.

When InControl Apps is selected as a customer option, the owner must download Land Rover InControlTM Apps to their smartphone from either the Apple App Store (for iPhone 5/5S/5C and onwards) or Google Play (Android). Once the phone is connected to the vehicle's dedicated ÚSB port, the owner simply taps the InControl Apps icon on the central touchscreen and selects the desired vehicle-compatible app from the menu.

Land Rover InControlTM Apps is the latest addition to Land Rover's suite of InControl connected-car technologies. InControl Remote allows owners to summon roadside assistance or the emergency services if required, while an SOS signal is triggered automatically should the airbags be deployed in an accident. The InControl Remote smartphone app allows owners to prepare for a trip by checking fuel levels and range remotely, find their vehicle in a crowded car park and check if they have left doors or windows open. They can also download journey details to assist in claiming business mileage expenses.

InControl Secure tracks the vehicle should it be stolen, while the Secure Tracking System will automatically trigger an SMS text message to alert the owner. InControl Wi-Fi provides in-car access to a 3G hotspot, enabling up to eight electronic devices to be simultaneously connected.

Head Úp Display so your eyes never need to leave the road

Head Úp Display (HÚD) debuts on the Land Rover Discovery Sport. This advanced laser technology projects key driving data onto a compact area of the windscreen in the driver's line of sight, allowing the driver to safely access information while keeping their eyes on the road at all times.

Data includes road speed, gear position (when the driver has selected Commandshift® manual mode), satellite-navigation directions and traffic-sign recognition.

Source - Land Rover
The British mid-size SUV Land Rover Discovery was an off road-focused vehicle that has been the first choice for Brits looking to tackle the bumpy road less traveled. Keeping the standard British elegance, the Discovery has undergone four generations since its introduction in 1989 and fills the gap between Land Rover's utilitarian Defender and upper crust Range Rover models. The luxury SUV was offered in Europe for several years before being exported to North America.

Codenamed 'Project Jay', Land Rover based the chassis and drivetrain on the more upmarket Range Rover, but priced it much lower to appeal to a larger market segment and was to compete with Japanese models. In the beginning the Discovery was available only as a three-door, but soon after a five-door version was offered. Both versions had five seats, and the option of two further seats that fitted in the trunk. This first generation would be the only generation with four-cylinder engines. The Discovery I rode on a 100.0-inch wheelbase had an overall length of 178.7 inches, a width of 70.6 inches and had a height of 77.4 inches.

Conran Design Group was a design agency hired by Land Rover to design the interior of the Discovery. Their award winning design won high acclaim and was awarded a British Design Award in 1989. Some off-the-wall features like a custom sunglass holder built into the center of the steering wheel didn't make the cut, but other original features were only found on the eye catching Discovery. Most of the interior of the SUV was constructed from 'Sonar Blue' plastic with blue cloth trim, remote radio controls on the instrument cluster, map/magazine holding slots positioned above the windscreen, hand-holds for backseat passenger incorporated into the head restraints of the front seats, twin removable sunroof panels, and a Land Rover-branded cloth fabric hold-all in the front center console for oddment storage that could be removed from vehicle and used as a 'handbag' with a supplied shoulder strap.

The interior basic structure was identical to the Range Rover and most of the switchgear and instruments came from other Rover Group cars like Montego and the Maestro. The outside of the vehicle was also similar to other Rover models, retaining the Range Rover panels and headlights from the Freight Rover van and taillights from the Maestro van.

Initially the Discovery was available with either the 2.5 liter 200 Tdi engine or the 3.5-liter Rover V8 engine. Early on the V8 engines utilized a twin SU carburetor system before moving to a Lucas 14CUX fuel injection system in 1990. The only available engine in the U.S. market was the V8. Dubbed the 2.0 L Mpi I4, a 2.0-liter petrol engine was very briefly offered from Rover in an attempt to appeal to fleet managers since UK tax laws benefitted vehicles less than two liters. This engine didn't last long thanks to a combination of taxes and the engine being underpowered for such a heavy vehicle. This engine was fitted to several Discoveries manufactured for the British Royal Family and was most famously driven by Prince Philip around Windsor Great Park.

The Discovery was modified for 1992 and received a new interior color of a more traditional beige in addition to the flamboyant light blue color. 200Tdi models now offered an automatic transmissions and new colors were added to the Discovery range. Early Discoveries had featured large 'compass and mountain' side decals that disguised wavy panel fit around the rear three quarter windows disappeared this year. Options this year included front driving lights; roof bars, a special range of metallic paints, and the 'SE' pack incorporating alloy wheels. Offered by Land Rover Special Vehicles was a two-seater, three-door Discovery Commercial version that didn't have rear side windows.

Many updates were in store for 1994. The 2.5 L 300TDi 4-cylinder and 3.9-liter Rover V8 engines replaced the 200Tdi and 3.5 L V8 engines and the 300Tdi debuted a Bosch electronic emissions controls for specific models and markets. A more powerful R380 gearbox was fitted to all manual models combined with the flexible cardan coupling GAJ-1 from SGF for more comfort. The modified models sported larger headlamps and a second set of rear lights in the bumper. To meet real or projected European safety legislation the new rear lights had the wiring changed several times. Some models were left with an arrangement where the vulnerable bumpers held only working direction-indicators light, while other examples have these lights duplicated in the traditional rear pillar location.

The original model designers were forced to cut costs by economizing the 200 series from the 'parts-bin' the Rover Company. The basic body shell was taken from the Range Rover, the taillights from the Austin Maestro van, the door handles came from the Morris Marina and the interior instrumentation and switchgear came from the Rover 'parts bin'. 1994 model year would the first time that the Discovery would be marketed in the U.S. and airbags were quickly incorporated into the design of the '95 model to meet U.S. motor vehicle regulations though they weren't fitted as standard in all markets. 95 models sold in the U.S. featured the 3.9-liter V8 engine from the Range Rover SE models before they were switched to the 4.0-liter version of the engine.

The 96-98 U.S. models with 4.0 liter engines had the same displacement as the 3.9-liter engines fitted to earlier '94-95 US models with the only differences between the engines being in modifications to the block rigidity and pistons, and a change from the Lucas 14CUX engine management to the distributor-less GEMS (Generic Engine Management System). Early 3.9 liter US engines featured the fuel injection computer that didn't control the ignition, but instead controlled by a traditional system with ignition coil and distributor made by Lucas. Several important differences with the 4.0-liter engine were the revised pistons, revised intake and the GEMS system and larger, cross-bolted main bearings. This engine was developed by Lucas and SAFEM jointly and controlled both spark and fuel injection. GEMS was made OBD-II compliant unlike the earlier systems fitted to Rover V8 engines. This modification was made because of the 1996 federal requirement for vehicles sold in the U.S. to meet the OBD-II specification.

The transmission in the Discovery is a permanent four-wheel drive system with a locking center differential at the transfer box like all Land Rover vehicles designated since the Land Rover Series that had switchable two-wheel and four-wheel drive. Like most of the range, the handbrake acts on the transmission at the back of the transfer box, locking all wheels when applied.

The Honda Crossroad was a badge-engineered version of the Series 1 produced in Japan. Since the early '80s the Rover companies had cross-holding association with Honda U.K. until 1994 when Rover was taken over by BMW. The nameplate 'Crossroad' was revived by Honda in 2007 for another small sport utility vehicle. Local tax laws in the Republic of Ireland meant that the first ever instance of a Discovery Commercial van was introduced in 1991. Two years later a modified version was launched shorty after the UK market example in 1992. Most of the Commercials up to 2011 were basically tax-exempt and the Irish examples have highly influenced the Discovery's success and high sales there.

In the fall of 1998 the Series II Discovery was debuted in the UK, and would be introduced in the US the following year. The Series II was advertised as having 720 'differences' over the previous series. Less utilitarian looking, both the exterior and interior were modified, though they still looked similar to the previous Series. Except for the rear door outer skin, every body panel was new while the rear body was extended to give more room, unfortunately at the expense of added rear overhang, which effected off-road ability negatively.

The 2,495 cc Td5 was introduced at this time and was smoother and produced more usable toque at lower revs than its 300 Tdi predecessor. This engine is oftentimes mistaken as BMW produced, but was in fact derived from the Rover L-series passenger car engine and developed by Land Rover. The Range Rover P38 Thor 4.0-liter Rover-derived V8 replaced the 3,948 cc V8 petrol version from the Disco 1. The capacity was not increased at all over the previous 3.9-liter engine. Though the engine design was similar, internally the design was quite different and utilized a different crankshaft, had different con rods and pistons and larger bearing journals with cross bolted caps. To accept extra sensors for the Gems and Bosch (thor) injection system, and to the allow the additional stroke of the 4.6 crankshaft the blocks were machined differently. The Discovery Series II switched to the 4.6-liter V8 for 2003 and 2004. The 4.0 continued as the only V8 option available in the UK. Some versions received ACE (Active Cornering Enhancement), which reduced corning roll thanks to an electronically controlled hydraulic anti-roll bar system. Some models received self-leveling air-springs, and European style-approval for seven-seat models were only given for air-sprung cars.

Until early 2001 the locking center differential continued to be fitted, though the linkage to operate it was not attached since Land Rover believed that the traction control and newly developed Hill Descent Control would render it superfluous. In early 2001 the actual locking mechanism was removed before being fully reinstated with linkage in the newly modified 2004 model. The traction control system worked well but didn't have the same level of control and smoothness that other vehicles fitted with a diff lock did. The diff lock controls were fully reinstated on UK/Irish models as a cost option only thanks to customer demands.

Three sub types were offered with the U.S. version; the S, the SE, and HSE, with the last two coming in 7 seat version, SE7 and HSE7. New 'pocketed' headlamps made these modified models easily distinguished from earlier models and matched the Range Rover and updated Freelander models. Other modifications included turns signals moving from the bumper to the high side fixtures and redesigned turn and brake lamps on the rear of the vehicle. It was easy to tell the earlier Series II models from the later models by new paddle door handles, different dimensions and the new location of the stop light fixtures above the window.

Several Discovery II Commercial models were produced by Land Rover Special Vehicles based on the five-door body shell reminiscent of a minivan with opaque windows. Normal vehicles were exported to Ireland where they were had the rear side windows smashed and rear seat destroyed in front of a Revenue official to offer a vehicle that avoided the Vehicle Registration Tax which saved around 40%.

Only two models were in the offerings during the final production run of the Discovery II in the UK market. The base model Pursuit and the top of the line Landmark. The Pursuit still kept its high level of equipment standard, while the Landmark featured a lush all-leather interior, heated windscreen, twin sunroofs and Active Cornering Enhancement six-disc CD player. The Special Vehicles released Commercials featured rear self leveling suspension standard and rendered windows fixed in place on the modified models so while a retrofit of seats is viable, it doesn't offer any big comforts to the backseat passengers unless the doors are almost completely rebuilt to facilitate windows that open, with the help of additional wiring. The final modification of this vehicle came with climate control, a high spec, alloy wheels, roof bars and marine ply boarding with full-length rubber mat in the loading space, all standard features.

The Discovery 3, or LR3 was introduced on April 2, 2004 in North America. Keeping many of the same major features of the Discovery like the steeply-raked windscreen and the stepped roofline, the LR3 designation was chosen for North American markets because of negative quality associations with the Discovery name and an American preference for alpha-number model designations (according to Land Rover). Because of this opinion, the second generation Freelander was also modified for the U.S. market as the LR2.

Land Rover created a body construction method that was marketed as IBF, or Integrated Body Frame. In the method the engine bay and passenger area were constructed as a monocoque, then joined to a basic ladder-frame chassis for the gearbox and suspension. Though it makes for a heavy clumsy vehicle, which compromised agility and performance, Land Rover claims IBF combine the qualities of ladder-frame and monocoque. The LR3 was offered with a rear locking differential.

This series of the Discovery featured FIS; fully independent suspension, like the Series III Ranger Rover, this was an air suspension system that enable ride-height adjustment by simply pumping up or deflating the air bags. When off-roading, this vehicle can be raised or lowered to improve handling and provide ground clearance. 'Cross-lined' air suspension was developed by Land Rover which is the suspension copying the action of a beam axle as one wheel drops, the other rises. The system senses the reduction in load on the air springs and raises the car an extra inch if the chassis contacts the group when the suspension was at its 'off road' height. A coil-spring independent system was available on the base model in both the UK and European markets. Lacking the Terrain Response system, this model was special in the range for only featuring five seats, and only available with the 2.7 liter diesel engine.

All of the engines used in the DR3 came from Jaguar, Land Rover's sister company at the time. Intended to be the biggest seller in Europe was a Ford/PSA-developed 2.7-liter, 195 hp, 440 Nm V6 diesel engine. The high-performance option (and the one for the US market) was a 4.4-liter petrol V8 of 300 hp. Also available in North America and Australia was a 216 hp 4.0-liter SOHC Ford V6 petrol engine.

Brand new on the Discovery 3 were the gearboxes. A six-speed manual transmission was standard for the diesel engine. A six-speed automatic transmission was available as an option and as standard on the V8 engine and both came with a two-speed transfer box and permanent four-wheel-drive. In tough circumstances a computer controlled progressively locking central differential ensured traction was kept, and a similar differential was available to aid traction on the rear axle.

A variety of electronic traction control systems were fitted on the Discovery 3 including 4-wheel Electronic Traction Control (4ETC) which prevented wheel spin in low-traction conditions and Hill Descent Control (HDC), which prevented vehicle 'runaways' when traversing steep gradients. Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) was an on-road system, which eliminated skidding when steering and braking at speed. The DR3 also featured the 'Terrain Response' system, a system that attempted to react to as many difficulties like deep water, tough terrain and steep hills by simply selecting a type on a dial in the cab of the vehicle. The selectable options were 'Mud & Ruts', 'Rock Crawl', 'Sand' and 'Grass, Gravel & Snow'. The on-board computer systems then chose the correct gearbox settings, adjusted the suspension heat, adjusted the differential lock settings and even altered the throttle suspension of the engine depending on the terrain situation. Despite the system, the driver is still able to retain some manual control over the off-road system and is able to select the Transfer Box ration and the suspension height manually, though use of the Terrain Response system is needed to allow full use of the SUV's capabilities.

The DR3 also unveiled a variety of interior and exterior modifications with this series that incorporated a fresh new minimalistic style. On the inside was a flexible seven-seat layout that seated passengers in the rearmost row entering through the rear side doors instead of the tailgate. New features included a DVD navigation system and optional extras like Bluetooth. Just like the Range Rover, this 'infotainment' system in the DR3 adopted an electronics architecture whereby the system's distributed control units pass information and audio amongst one another and throughout the vehicle through optical links based on the MOST fiber-optic automotive networking standard. The navigation system was unique to Rover because in benefits in addition to the typical road map navigation included an off-road navigation and four-wheel drive information mode. When in four-wheel drive information mode the screen displayed a schematic of the car, displaying the angle of the front wheels, the amount of suspensions movement, what gear was selected on automatic versions and the status of the locking differentials and icons showing which mode the Terrain Response was in.

The public loved the DR3 Series, especially with the Terrain Response system, which improved on-road capabilities, and the fresh interior. Jeremy Clarkson from BBC's Top Gear drove a DR3 to the top of Cnon an Fhreiceadain, which was a 1,005 foot mountain near Tongue in Northern Scotland, where no other vehicle had ever before traversed. Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond praised the DR3 as the 'Best 4X4 of all time', and the SUV was awarded '4WD of the Year' by the 4WD press in Australia.

A DR3 was used in the Land Rover G4 Challenge in 2006 alongside the Range Rover Sport. The SUVs used were in standard mechanical form and were fitted with equipment from the standard Land Rover brochures. The Range Rover Sport is based on the Discovery 3 platform instead of the larger Range Rover and is the first all-new model placement since the Freelander. A UK version of the DR3 was produced in August of 2008 that offered an upgrade to the stereo system (Harman Kardon) as standard along with a six CD stacker, integrated steering wheel controls, color-coded bumpers and clear indicator side lights. Unfortunately the Discovery 3 was put on Forbes DARPA driverless edition 'Least Reliable Luxury Cars 2006'. Finishing 4th in the DARPA Urban challenge was a driverless version of the LR3.

Introduced in Gerotek, outside Pretoria, a fiercely decked out version was called Armoured Discovery 3 S with B6 ballistic level of protection. The SUV featured side blast and under floor grenade protection, blast certification, Independent ballistic, uprated suspension, handling and braking system. The engines choice was the 2,720 cc V6 turbo diesel with 5L V8 in 2010 model year and the wheels were fitted with run-flat tyre system.

A modified version of the Discovery 3 was the Discovery 4, or the LR4 in North America. The updated version featured a restyled front grille and bumper to adopt the rounder, smoother style also adapted for the 2010 Range Rover and Rover Sport. It used the same Integrated Body Frame structure and featured altered front and rear light units. The new model kept the body-colored wheel arches and bumpers from its D3 predecessor. LED lamps were housed in both front and rear lamp units, and Optional Daylight Running Lamps could be specified.

Most of the modifications for the new model were mechanicals and two engines were brought over from Jaguar Land Rover's 'Gen III' range. A 3.0-litre development of the 2-7-liter engine used in the D3 was the TDV6 Gen III. The new version sported improved twin-sequential turbochargers where a Variable geometry turbocharger is used at low engine speeds, with a second standard turbo brought online at higher engine speeds. This season pumped out greater output than the older engines by 214 hp, while reducing CO2 emissions by 10%. The Gen III version of the V8 petrol engine develops 385 bhp and 380 lb/ft and is now a 5-liter unit with Direct Petrol Injection.
The ZF six-speed automatic/sequential gearbox was modified and fitted which includes taller gearing to take advantage of the new engines' greater torque output along with an updated lock-up system to further reduce fuel consumption. New more powerful brakes from the Range Rover Sport were added along with thicker anti-roll bars that improved on-road handling. Other technical updates included the electronic handling system updated with the Stability Control System now including a program that detects the onset of understeer and applies the brakes. The D4 kept the previous models fully independent air suspension with cross-linkings when off-road and the twin-range transfer gearbox with an electronic infinitely-variable locking center differential. Just like before a similar locking rear differential can be added.

The Terrain Response system was available once again, and was updated with two new features. The 'Sand' mode boasts a new traction control mode that helps prevent loss of traction when starting off and stopping in soft sand. The 'Rock Crawl' mode received a feature that applies gentle brake pressure at low speed to aid in grip and stability on slick rock. To account for the new engines and gearboxes with their updated engines and gearboxes with their different torque characteristics the system was also 'retuned'. The D4 also now featured Trailer Stability Assist, which can adjust the throttle and brakes to prevent an unsafe swaying trailer.

In Europe the 2.7 liter TDV6 engine was still available on the basic 2.7 GS passenger and 2010 Commercial ranges. This engine came equipped with air suspension and the Terrain Response system unlike the D3 base model while automatic transmission as optional. Available in the GS trim level with automatic transmission was the 3.0-liter Gen III model.

Sporting a brand new revamped interior, the Discovery 4 closely mimicked the new style set by the LR range for 2010. To improve clarity when driving the instrument cluster was updated with the redesigned speedometer and tachometer analogue gauges. A single TFT screen with the power of displaying information in a variety of modes and formats replaced the electronic information display, the analogue temperature and fuel gauges from the its predecessor. The D4 sported a new center console that featured more simplified controls and switches. A new seat design was showcased this year along with a broader range of available interior materials like wood veneer and the highly polished 'Piano Black'. Land Rover's purpose behind these upgrades was to lift the Discovery into a higher market aimed at luxury and executive markets.

The Discovery 4 gained some electronic systems from the Rover lineup like the optional 'Surround Camera Systems' which was a series of cameras nestled in the headlamps, wing mirrors and rear tailgate handle which sent the images to the center console screen to help improve visibility when parking, off-roading or hitching up to a trailer. Other systems aided in efficiency like a 'Smart' alternator that charges the battery when the engine load is low which reduced fuel consumption when the engine is working harder.

Introduced in the summer of 2009, the Discovery 4 went on sale in the U.K. on September 1st of the same year. At the same time a Commercial van variant was released in the UK using the 2.7 engine and available in GS and XS trim levels. Based on the XE 2.7 manual and HSE 3.0 auto engines a Commercial van was introduced in the Republic of Ireland from January 1, 2010. The 2.7-liter engine was dropped for the 2011 model year. Newly available were two versions of the 3.0-liter engine, one called the TDV6 and one called the SDV6, which offered 245 bhp.

Diesel models in Europe for the 2012 model year featured the new eight-speed auto gearbox with steering wheel paddle controls and a circular dial selector that raises upon startup. The new SDV6 engine was uprated to 255 bhp. Both diesel engines featured reduced emissions for European models. The HSE Luxury special edition was introduced during 2010 and was available in both European and North American markets and featured improved trim levels.

An all-new five-seat version of the Discovery 4 was debuted in Ireland in 2010. Classified as an N1 Commercial vehicle, the five-seater attracted lower VRT rates. On the same rules was also a brand new two-seat Commercial. All Irish models arrived with the lower emissions TDV7 engine.

The Land Rover LR4 placed fourth out of five vehicles in a January 2011 comparison test by Car and Driver. The LR4 fell behind the Audi Q7, BMW X5 and Acura MDX. Since it was introduced in 2009, the LR4 had continued to win the Auto Express categories of Best Large SUV and Best Towcar.

In March of 2012 the one millionth Land Rover Discovery rolled off the production line in Solihull, Birmingham, UK. In a replica of a 1950s expedition, this vehicle (along with two similar examples) was driven from Solihull to Beijing, China. When the expedition toured Lake Geneva a pre-production Discovery 1 G459 WAC (which had been converted into an amphibious vehicle) joined the expedition, which concluded when the actual Millionth Discovery appeared at the Beijing Motor Show. The vehicle now remains on permanent exhibition at the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust center at Gaydon, Warwickshire, England


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