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The new Land Rover Discovery Sport will start from $53,300 when it goes on sale in Australia from May 1.

Land Rover’s replacement for the Freelander 2 is being pushed more upmarket as the British 4WD brand aims to close the sales gap to the Audi Q5 and BMW X3 in the mid-sized luxury SUV segment.

An upcoming two-wheel-drive variant has yet to be confirmed for Australia that would likely see the Discovery Sport starting point drop below $50,000 as with the Freelander, though for now the new model offers more standard equipment than its equivalent predecessor.

Navigation, electric tailgate, electrically adjustable front seats and autonomous emergency braking are notable features now included from base model upwards.

A key option of a third row for $1990 turns the Discovery Sport into the first seven-seater in its segment – and gives it a significant point of difference over the style-focused twin it’s based on, the Range Rover Evoque.

A six-speed manual gearbox is standard with the two diesel engine options – TD4 and SD4 – with a nine-speed auto $2500 extra. The petrol Si4 is auto only and priced from $59,000.

The diesels, however, will be replaced in Europe later this year with a new eD4 four-cylinder turbo diesel from Jaguar Land Rover’s new ‘Ingenium’ modular engine family, promising CO2 emissions of just 119 grams per kilometre. That compares with the lowest CO2 figure of 159g/km produced by the TD4 manual.

The new diesel is likely to reach Australia in early 2016.

Land Rover  models are initially four-wheel drive – with a permanent set-up as standard, though for $1620 the SD4 and Si4 models can be equipped with an Active Driveline that can alter the torque distribution between the rear wheels via the brakes and can also decouple the rear axle to make the Discovery Sport front-wheel drive in normal driving to help save fuel.

Multi-mode Terrain Response continues to be standard to allow different vehicle settings for variable conditions/surfaces.

Trim grades are again SE (all engines), HSE (diesels only) and HSE Luxury (SD4 only).

The Land Rover Discovery Sport also debuts JLR’s new touchscreen infotainment system.

Pricing breakdown, key engine specifications, and key options detailed below.

 

Land Rover Discovery Sport profile driving

LAND ROVER DISCOVERY SPORT: LINE-UP

Land Rover Discovery Sport TD4 SE man $53,300
Land Rover Discovery Sport TD4 SE auto $55,800

Land Rover Discovery Sport TD4 HSE man $57,900
Land Rover Discovery Sport TD4 HSE auto $60,400

Land Rover Discovery Sport SD4 SE man $56,500
Land Rover Discovery Sport SD4 SE auto $59,000

Land Rover Discovery Sport Si4 SE auto $59,000

Land Rover Discovery Sport SD4 HSE man $61,100
Land Rover Discovery Sport SD4 HSE auto $63,600

Land Rover Discovery Sport SD4 HSE Luxury man $66,500
Land Rover Discovery Sport SD4 HSE Luxury auto $69,000

NB: Only standard colour is white. Metallic paint $1300 extra (or $2600 for ‘premium’ metallic paint).

Land Rover Discovery Sport splash

ENGINES

TD4
2.2L 4cyl turbo diesel
110kW at 3500rpm
400Nm at 1700rpm
6spd man or optional 9spd auto
6.1L/100km (man); 6.1-6.3L/100km (auto)
0-100km/h: 11.7 seconds
Towing capacity (braked): 1750-2200kg

SD4
2.2L 4cyl turbo diesel
140kW at 3500rpm
420Nm at 1700rpm
6spd man or optinonal 9spd auto
6.1L/100km (man); 6.1-6.3L/100km (auto)
0-100km/h: 10.3 seconds
Towing capacity (braked): 2000-2200kg

Si4
2.0L 4cyl turbo
177kW at 5500rpm
340Nm at 1800-4000rpm
9spd auto
8.0-8.3L/100km
0-100km/h: 8.8 seconds
Towing capacity (braked): 2000kg

Land Rover Discovery Sport interior

STANDARD EQUIPMENT

SE
Navigation
Eight-way electric front seats
Autonomous emergency braking
9-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels
Power tailgate
8.0-inch colour touchscreen with app functionality
Bluetooth phone and audio streaming
Rear parking sensors
Reverse-view camera
Smart key with push-button start
Leather upholstery
Slide and recline 60:40 split second-row seats
Auto headlights and wipers
Cruise control
Dual-zone climate control
Interior mood lighting
10-speaker audio system
2 12-volt sockets
5 USB ports (one for media, four for charging, including two in the second row)
Full-size spare wheel (space-saver if third-row option selected)
Lane departure warning and seven airbags (dual front, side, curtain and driver’s knee) headline the standard safety package.
Terrain Response with up to five selectable drive modes
Hill start assist
Hill descent control
Trailer stability control

HSE
Over SE…
5-spoke 19-inch alloys
Xenon headlights with signature LED daytime running lights
Front parking sensors
Side mirrors with auto-dipping and memory function
Auto high beam assist
10-way electric driver and passenger seats with ventilation
Air quality sensor with auto air recirculation
Customisable interior mood lighting
Floor mats
11-speaker audio system

HSE LUXURY
Over HSE…
9-spoke 19-inch alloys
Premium Windsor leather upholstery
Hard-disk navigation
Illuminated aluminium tread plates
Premium carpet mats
17-speaker Meridian surround sound system with DAB radio

Land Rover Discovery Sport rear waterfall

KEY OPTIONS
Third-row seats with climate controls and USB charging ports

17- to 20-inch alloy wheels
Adaptive xenon headlights
Contrast roof colour
Tyre pressure monitor
Panoramic sunroof
Active Driveline technology with torque vectoring (Si4 and SD4 only)
Wade sensing
Climate control front seats and heated rear seats
Blind spot monitor with closing vehicle detection and reverse traffic detection
360-degree surround-view camera system
Television
Rear-seat entertainment system with twin 8.0-inch screens and wireless headphones.

Option packages add features such as laser head-up display, parallel and perpendicular parking and exiting, dual-view touchscreen, and various black exterior design packs.




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