2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport: first photos of the interior revealed

Article by Christian A., on August 20, 2014

The 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport will be unveiled on September 3, but the company decided to unveil the last teaser ahead of the official debut. As you can see form the photos, the vehicle features a 5+2 seating layout and it appears that this decision will help the company to better compete against the German rivals such as the Audi Q5 or the BMW X3.

As expected, the two seats found in the trunk can be folded in order to increase load space but can also be completely removed. Other featured of the interior include the panoramic sunroof, a multifunction steering wheel and keyless engine start.

Under the hood we will find the new Ingenium engines that will be used by the 2015 Jaguar XE. Gerry McGovern, Design Director and Chief Creative Officer said: “Versatility is a fundamental element of the Discovery family and with 5+2 seating, generous load space and configurable seating the new Discovery Sport truly deserves to wear the Discovery badge.”

The Land Rover Discovery Sport is designed to cater to customers with families. Nonetheless, it also has the driver as its focus, as evident on the fact that it features the brand's traditional raised Sports Command Driving Position. This doesn’t entail just raising the seat height, but also positioning seat, pillars and dash to maximize forward visibility. Employing a theme similar used by Range Rover models, the front cabin of the Land Rover Discovery Sport uses the slimmer horizontal elements of the instrument panel as well as the strong vertical lines of the center console to create a stunning yet elegant look. All controls are now logically grouped on the center console. The soft-touch rotary controls and buttons of the Discovery Sport are set into a gloss-black surround to create a tactile user-interface as well as to make it easier for the driver to find them even they are hit by direct sunlight.

The driver of the Discovery Sport is treated to a three-spoke, multi-function steering wheel, which frames an easy-to-read instrument cluster. This cluster features twin analog dials set into cylindrical housings, which help shield them from glare. The vehicle is provided with a five-inch color TFT display – located between the main gauges – that shows key information like gear position, fuel levels, coolant temperature even Terrain Response modes. Thanks to the paddle shifters, that driver could manually control the nine-speed automatic transmission.

Instrument panel and door surfaces on the upper trim levels have twin-needle-stitched leather on their upper reaches, while the vertical spars of the center console could be availed in a genuine metal finish. The new Discovery Sport is also available with configurable mood lighting as controlled via the central eight-inch touch screen.

All models are specified, as standard, with leather appointed seating that ranges from grained part-leather (SE models) to Windsor leather (HSE Luxury). Customers could choose from five interior color options; Almond, Cirrus, Ebony, Ivory and Tan.

New Discovery Sport boasts of a number of available storage and power points. For instance, the new Discovery Sport could be specified with any of the two center console designs -- depending on the model grade. The standard center console could accommodate two cups and features a separate roller storage section. Higher grades of the Discovery Sport have a center console that features a sliding armrest as well as a roller-style cover for the storage bin with removable cup holders. Interestingly, this space could be reconfigured to accommodate a two-liter bottle.

Meanwhile, the front and rear door panels of the Discovery Sport also offer storage space, with the third-row passengers having access to a storage area. Furthermore, the cargo area could be fitted with luggage compartment rails.

For passengers who love to bring their electronic devices like smartphones or tablets, they could recharge them to any of the provided 12V power points (up to four). Three-row Discovery Sport models could be specified with up to six USB charging sockets.

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