First look inside Land Rover’s Discovery Sport

Land Rover has allowed the first look inside the cabin of the new Discovery Sport.

The new premium compact SUV will be the first member of the all-new Discovery family, and features seven-seat capacity as standard on the UK version.

As part of the announcement, Land Rover released a teaser video detailing the interior of the new SUV.

Plenty of on-board features

Showcasing the Freelander replacement’s sliding 5+2 seat arrangement, large panoramic roof and next-gen touchscreen infotainment system, the video is set to the soundtrack of astronauts checking in with Mission Control.

A floating Discovery Sport key fob with spaceship keyring is a further nod to Jaguar Land Rover’s partnership with Virgin Galactic.

The two companies paired back in April in order to “develop new and cutting edge technologies for both the roadway and the spaceway”.

Gerry McGovern, Design Director and Chief Creative Officer said: “Versatility is a fundamental element of the Discovery family and with 5+2 seating, generous load space and configurable seating, the new Discovery Sport truly deserves to wear the Discovery badge.

“What this footage also showcases is the class leading cabin quality and craftsmanship of the highly desirable Discovery Sport.”

Next-gen engine technology

No solid technical information on the new Discovery Sport has surfaced yet, but the model is expected to be powered by Jaguar Land Rover’s new range of four-cylinder Ingenium engines.

Due to debut in the new Jaguar XE saloon early next year, the Ingenium range will be built around a modular design with shared common components.

Reducing cost and complexity, the Ingenium engines will also be reportedly lighter, more fuel efficient and equipped with state-of-the-art turbochargers.

The first engine to go into full production will be the AJ200D 2.0-litre diesel, which the carmaker claims is one of the most efficient and responsive units of its kind, and will be released early next year.

Not long until its full unveiling

Designed to replace the outgoing Freelander model, the new Land Rover Discovery Sport is due to be fully unveiled on the 3rd of September.

It’s being built at Jaguar Land Rover’s Halewood Plant in Merseyside, home of the Range Rover Evoque and around 250 new jobs have been created help oversee production of the new model.

Pricing has yet to be announced, but the new Discovery Sport is expected to go on sale alongside the existing Discovery next year.