A front-wheel-drive entry variant will join the all-new Land Rover Discovery Sport late next year.
The Discovery Sport eD4 will follow in the strictly on-road tyre tracks of the Freelander 2 eD4 and the Range Rover Evoque eD4, becoming the first 2WD model in the famously capable Discovery family’s history.
As with the Freelander 2 and Evoque variants, the Land Rover Discovery Sport eD4 will be powered by a detuned version of the 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel engine found in the four-wheel-drive variants and will be available exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission.
The Discovery Sport eD4 promises to be the most frugal vehicle in the brand’s history, with Land Rover claiming average CO2 emissions of 119 grams per kilometre. That translates to combined cycle fuel consumption of approximately 4.5 litres per 100 kilometres, making it roughly 20 per cent more efficient than the all-wheel-drive TD4.
Land Rover director of programs Murray Dietsch said the decision to offer a front-wheel-drive Discovery Sport was a relatively easy one after signing off on the front-drive Evoque a few years earlier.
“There’s a customer demand out there for two-wheel drives,” Dietsch said.
“People just use them in the cities, so it’s just an untapped demand if we didn’t do something about it.”
He denied that Land Rover would ever build a vehicle that was not available with four-wheel drive, but said it made sense to offer customers the choice in its smaller vehicles.
Land Rover Australia brand manager Tim Krieger said the local division has not yet made a decision on whether it will offer the Discovery Sport eD4 in our market.
The Evoque eD4 sells in very low numbers in Australia, though serves an important role in giving the Evoque range a sub-$50,000 starting price (it costs $49,995).