Published: August 7, 2014
2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport Teaser
By Viknesh Vijayenthiran, special from Motor Authority
Land Rover’s replacement for the LR2, the new Discovery Sport, is set for a reveal on September 3, and to mark the end of the vehicle’s development the British automaker has released a teaser video showcasing the extreme conditions prototypes were subjected to. Some 11,720 individual tests were conducted overall, with 181 prototypes covering a combined 750,000 test miles.
In addition to grueling high-speed tests on the Nürburgring, Discovery Sport prototypes have also been tested to water depths of 23.6 inches, at temperatures ranging from -32.8 degrees F (-36 degrees C) to 107.6 degrees F (42 degrees C), at inclines of 40 degrees and declines of 45 degrees.
Following its reveal early next month, the Land Rover Discovery Sport will make its formal debut at the 2014 Paris Auto Show in October. Sales in the U.S. are expected to commence next summer, making it a 2016 model. Key rivals will be the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class.
In Europe, the Discovery Sport will come with seven seats as standard. Only five seats are expected in versions sold here but a stretched version, also with seven seats, is expected to be launched at a later date.
Underpinning the Discovery Sport is a modified version of the LR-MS platform found in the Range Rover Evoque. Power in the base model will most likely come from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, while Jaguar Land Rover’s 3.0-liter V-6 should be available for those seeking more power. A diesel engine should also be on the cards for select markets.
A Discovery concept unveiled earlier this year hints at the styling we can expect for the new Discovery Sport, production of which will take place at Jaguar Land Rover’s Halewood plant in the U.K., the same site responsible for the Range Rover Evoque.