Land Rover India announced on Monday that their new entry-level SUV, the Discovery Sport, will be launched on September 02, 2015.
The first in the new Discovery family will replace the Freelander 2 and will sit below the current Discovery 4. The Luxury SUV from the Tata owned subsidiary will feature a 5+2 seating configuration and follow the design philosophy of the Discovery Vision concept, which was shown in New York in April 2014.
The SUV will sport luxury features such as In Control touchscreen system, leather seats, panoramic sunroof, bi-xenon headlamps and dual-zone climate control.
The Discovery Sport will not deviate from the brand's core value of being an off road machine. The SUV can wade through 600mm water, while the updated Terrain Response system helps to drive on different surfaces. The vehicle also features a segment first pedestrian airbag, autonomous emergency braking, and a body shell featuring both high-strength steel, and light-weight aluminium.
Though Land Rover provides petrol and diesel engines in foreign markets, the India model will have a 2.2-litre diesel engine with two power outputs - 147bhp and 187bhp. The engine will be mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission sending power to all four wheels.
Dealers across the country have started accepting bookings from Monday. The SUV will be locally manufactured at the Jaguar Land Rover's Pune facility, enabling competitive pricing.
The Discovery Sport will be pitted against the likes of the Audi Q5, the BMW X3 and the Volvo XC 60. It would, therefore, be safe to assume a price bracket of Rs 50 lakh to 65 lakh for the Discovery Sport.