In addition to our previous spyshot reports on Land Rover's new Discovery Sport (the upcoming replacement model for the LR2 / Freelander 2), we have some further information as well as some driving action! Land Rover is set to launch the vehicle September 3rd, after some of the most rigorous testing ever conducted by the manufacturer on a new model.
Land Rover conducted over 11,720 single vehicle tests using 181 prototype models encompassing a whopping 750,000 test miles combined!
Prototype testing comprised some of the harshest locations worldwide and testing temperatures ranged from a frigid -33 degrees Fahrenheit up to a scorching 108 degrees Fahrenheit.
In addition, the field driving tests have included all of the on and offroad challenges one would expect from a Land Rover - fording through two feet of water, traversing 40 degree inclines and declines, driving surface tests form dirt, mud and rock to snow, iced roadways and high-speed track trials.. and a whole lot more!
Following it's launch showcase in September, the Discovery Sport will receive a full unveiling at the 2014 Paris Auto Show in October. Here in the US, the new models aren't slated to hit the dealerships until Summer 2015 (as 2016 model year vehicles)
The vehicle will boast seven seats as standard on models released in Europe. The US should see a five-seat model standard and rumors are a seven-seat extended model will be offered at a later date.
The Discovery Sport is using a modified version of the Range Rover Evoque's LR-MS platform. The base model is expected to offer a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, with a 3.0-liter V-6 also available for those looking for more power and torque.
Checkout the the driving action with these excerpts from the Discovery Sport testing trials:
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