New Landy a lot more than its good looks

Land Rover Dis­cov­ery Sport built to take you any­where in per­fect com­fort

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

THE new Land Rover Dis­cov­ery Sport, the world’s most ver­sa­tile and ca­pa­ble pre­mium com­pact SUV, is now avail­able in South Africa. The first mem­ber of the new Dis­cov­ery fam­ily, Dis­cov­ery Sport, fea­tures 5+2 seat­ing in a foot­print no larger than ex­ist­ing five-seat pre­mium sport util­ity ve­hi­cles (SUVs).

Dis­cov­ery Sport’s pro­gres­sive new de­sign ap­proach de­fines the new Dis­cov­ery fam­ily with op­ti­mised vol­ume, pro­por­tions and stance. Its de­sign lead­er­ship com­bines with en­gi­neer­ing in­tegrity to re­sult in a dy­namic pro­file, the ul­ti­mate use of in­te­rior space and 5+2 seat­ing con­fig­ura­bil­ity.

“Our chal­lenge has been to com­bine pre­mium de­sign with ex­cep­tional ver­sa­til­ity; the two at­tributes must work in har­mony,” said Gerry Mc­Gov­ern, Land Rover de­sign direc­tor and chief cre­ative of­fi­cer. “I’m proud to say we’ve achieved that; Dis­cov­ery Sport’s dy­namic de­sign will res­onate on an emo­tional level with con­sumers, and this ve­hi­cle is more ver­sa­tile than any other pre­mium com­pact SUV on the mar­ket.”

This spirit of adventure is re­flected in Dis­cov­ery Sport’s in­te­rior, which has been de­signed with cus­tomers at its core. It fea­tures high-qual­ity ma­te­ri­als and a strong ver­ti­cal cen­tre con­sole graphic to re­flect the pre­mium de­sign of the ex­te­rior, while the core Dis­cov­ery value of ver­sa­til­ity is ev­i­dent ev­ery­where. Stor­age so­lu­tions are in­te­grated into the cabin and up to four 12V power points and six USB charg­ing sock­ets can be spec­i­fied for all three rows of seat­ing, al­low­ing mul­ti­ple elec­tronic de­vices to be charged si­mul­ta­ne­ously.

A host of in­no­va­tions have al­lowed Dis­cov­ery Sport to in­tro­duce the ver­sa­til­ity of 5+2 seat­ing into the pre­mium com­pact SUV class for the first time. An all-new multi-link rear axle not only pro­vides en­gag­ing driv­ing dy­nam­ics, but it also pro­vides am­ple and flex­i­ble cabin space be­hind the sec­ond row.

Cou­pled with sup­ple long­travel sus­pen­sion, the in­no­va­tive rear axle also en­sures the Dis­cov­ery Sport is com­fort­able, re­fined and re­ward­ing to drive on-road, while re­tain­ing the breadth of all­ter­rain ca­pa­bil­ity for which Land Rover is world-renowned. In fact, with ap­proach, de­par­ture and breakover an­gles of 25, 31 and 21 de­grees re­spec­tively, Ter­rain Re­sponse® tech­nol­ogy, and the abil­ity to wade to 600 mm, Dis­cov­ery Sport of­fers class-lead­ing ca­pa­bil­ity in all con­di­tions.

Safety has been a key pri­or­ity in the devel­op­ment of the new Dis­cov­ery Sport, re­sult­ing in a first-in-class pedes­trian airbag, au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing, and a state-of-the-art bodyshell fea­tur­ing both ul­tra-high­strength steel and light­weight alu­minium.

This rep­re­sents a frac­tion of the ad­vanced equip­ment avail­able in Dis­cov­ery Sport, which also in­cludes an all-new eight-inch touch­screen in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem, and tilt-and-slide row-two seat­ing for max­i­mum in­te­rior con­fig­ura­bil­ity.

The Dis­cov­ery Sport is equipped with a range of four­cylin­der tur­bocharged petrol and diesel en­gines. Both the all-al­loy Si4 2.0-litre petrol en­gine and the 2.2-litre tur­bod­iesel fea­ture high-pres­sure di­rect in­jec­tion, low-fric­tion in­ter­nal com­po­nents and smart re­gen­er­a­tive charg­ing for out­stand­ing per­for­mance and econ­omy.

“Dis­cov­ery Sport is the new­est mem­ber of the ex­pand­ing Dis­cov­ery fam­ily, of­fer­ing the prac­ti­cal­ity of 5+2 seat­ing in a pre­mium pack­age,” said Richard Gou­verneur, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor, Jaguar Land Rover South Africa and sub-Sa­hara Africa. “It is, with­out a doubt, the most ac­com­plished ve­hi­cle in its seg­ment.”

Dis­cov­ery Sport is pro­duced at Land Rover’s award-win­ning man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity at Hale­wood, Liver­pool. — Sup­plied.

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