Land Rover has ditched boxy in favor of sleek for the new Discovery Sport. But sheet metal doesn't tell the full story. We take the Landie out for a week and report back on the good, bad, and shifty.
2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport
Land Rover invited us to Iceland to test drive its new 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport, and here's a teaser video to accompany our First Drive story.
The configurator for the 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport is now online, and it shows the pricing and available options for all three trim levels of this entry-level luxury CUV. Regardless of model, the Disco Sport comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and nine-speed automatic driving all four wheels.
When Land Rover revealed the new Discovery Sport at the Paris Motor Show, it didn't just present a new model; it kicked off a whole new era for the British purveyor of sport-utility vehicles. And that new era has officially started now with the production of the very first model you see above.
Land Rover's latest product offensive has targeted the brand's high-end Range Rover line, with the eponymous fullsize model receiving rave reviews alongside critical acclaim for the midsize Sport and compact Evoque. As we found when testing the LR4, that's left the standard Land Rover models in a particularly bad place, a fact that's doubly true when analyzing the entry-level Land Rover, the unloved LR2.
Engineers have a heck of a job on their hands developing any new model, but when it comes to an SUV, they've got to conduct testing both on the road and off. That's why, in preparation to launch the all-new Discovery Sport, the development team at Land Rover has built 181 prototypes that have already covered some 750,000 miles over all manner of terrain. The prototypes have waded through two feet of water, climbed up 40-degree inclines and down 45-degree grades and endured temperatures from -33
Every automaker has its own way of revealing its new models. Some just pull the veil off the thing when it's ready, while others release hints and teasers leading up to the full reveal. Jaguar Land Rover seems to be taking a different approach, purposely releasing images of its new products wearing camouflaging body wraps before taking those wraps off at long last. That's the tactic it seems to be taking with the new XE sports sedan, as it is with the Range Rover Sport SVR, and now it's followin