Paris: 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport previews a bright future [Live Photos]

Article by Christian A., on October 6, 2014

Last month, Land Rover officially introduced its new 2015 Discovery Sport but the new SUV can be seen in person at he 2014 Paris Motor Show. Inspired by the Discovery Vision Concept as well as by the Range Rover Evoque, the 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport is the first member of the new Discovery family.

The orange model you see in the photos is the model fitted with a ‘Black Pack’ trim package, which includes a gloss-black grille, door mirror caps, front fender vents and badging, 20-inch alloy wheels and a roof finished in Santorini Black. Land Rover will also offer a choice of five alloy wheel designs with Silver or Gloss Black finishes.

The interior arrives with a new Head-up display, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, plenty of storage solutions, six USB charging sockets and four 12V power pints. Under the hood, the vehicle gets a 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine producing 240 hp (179 kW) and 338 (250 lb-ft) of torque.

This engine is offered with a nine-speed automatic transmission and standard AWD system. Diesel fans will get a 2.2-liter SD4 turbodiesel engine that generates 190 hp (139 kW), mated to a six-speed manual transmission or an optional 9-speed automatic transmission. In the United States, the 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport starts at $37,995, excluding $925 destination.

While some compact SUVs are designed to be appealing and other are made to offer spaciousness and versatility, the new Land Rover Discovery Sport blended these two ingredients and added the brand's renowned all-terrain capability.

Thanks to its wheelbase that measures 107.9 inches (2,741mm) wheelbase, the new Land Rover Discovery Sport offers a smooth ride as well as generous middle-row legroom. But with a length of 180.7 inches (4.59 mm), this SUV could even fit in a compact parking space. Since its wheels are positioned at the corners, the Discovery Sport offers a planted stance and a low center of gravity.

The new Discovery Sport is easily recognizable as a Land Rover thanks to its overall shape, clamshell hood and distinctive two-bar grille with hexagonal mesh. Its sportiness is conveyed by its large outboard air intakes and LED fog lamps in the front bumper, while its potent capabilities are indicated by round daytime-running lights (DRLs) punctuated at four equal intervals to represent compass points. Furthermore, the new Discovery Sport makes use of slim, wraparound headlamps which design are similar to Range Rover.

While Halogen headlamps and DRLs are standard on the new Discovery, Xenon headlamps and LED DRLs are optionally offered. Its rear lamps feature a styling similar to the slim, wraparound design of the headlamps.

Discovery Sport also boasts a dramatic profile with a strong sense of motion, as made possible by a pronounced step from the rear edge of the bonnet into the rising beltline as well as a roofline tapering subtly rearward.

Meanwhile, the C-pillar of the new Discovery Sport significantly rakes forward toward the gloss-black window surrounds. Meanwhile, the signature Land Rover fender vents have been given a new blade-like interpretation that sweeps into a bodyline continuing to the rear section. In addition, the SUV’s robust wheel-arch moldings serve as a tribute to Land Rover heritage.

Of course, the design of the new Discovery Sport serves some function, especially in reducing wind noise. Specially shaped A-pillars and door mirrors as well as an acoustic laminated windshield help make the cabin a lot quieter. In addition, the rear end has aerodynamic detailing that could help reduce road grime or dirt picked up by the body. Furthermore, the SUV’s skid plates offer both functional and visual benefits.

Meanwhile, the rear spoiler of the new Discovery Sport boasts of inner extensions that help enhance aerodynamic efficiency. The car’s center high-mount stoplight (CHMSL) employs advanced LED light-pipe technology that creates a slender ribbon of light.

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