Land Rover's Discovery Sport is first of new dynasty

Land Rover's Discovery Sport is first of new dynasty

This year's Paris Motor Show saw Land Rover revealing its new Discovery Sport to the world, describing the vehicle as a compact SUV. This is the first in a product line that will be irresistible to the company's existing customers and well worth a second look for potential customers. The Sport has attractive and fairly traditional lines and will feature Land Rover's full off-road ability.

The company is highlighting the back suspension, which is new and means that a third row of seating is a possibility, should the owner choose. One of the great features of this car is the USB ports, which allow all passengers to charge their mobile devices.

The launch in 2015 will see the Sport offered with the choice of two engines: a four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine (2.0-litre) and a four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine (2.2-litre). The choices will extend to transmission, with a choice of nine-speed auto or six-speed manual.

A notable change for the new model is that the old 'safari' roof is ditched in favour of a roofline that curves downwards, which will decrease the cargo capacity slightly. The company quotes a 25-degree approach with a 31-degree departure angle to increase the Sport's off-road credentials and Land Rover claims that the car can be driven through water up to a depth of 23 inches, which is pretty impressive.

There was no indication at the Paris Motor Show as to the price of the new Sport, which will hit the showrooms in 2015.