Land Rover’s new Discovery Sport SUV has been spied testing again this week, shifting from a winter scene to the fast and dry Nurburgring.
Replacing the existing Freelander, the new Discovery Sport is Land Rover's first step in expanding the well-regarded Discovery brand.
The new model will also be the first to to wear Land Rover’s all-new styling language, teased with the recent Vision concept.
Land Rover describes the Discovery Sport as an “all-new premium compact SUV”, with McGovern saying at today’s New York Auto Show that it will be “the most versatile and capable” model in its class.
The debut of this new variant will see the Disco follow in the footsteps of its upmarket Range Rover sibling, which uses Sport and Evoque badges to identify the extended family.
Land Rover revealed that it was replacing its own name with the word ‘Discovery’ across the front of the vehicle when the 2014 model debuted at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, in preparation for the proposed expansion to the range.
The new Discovery Sport will sit on an extended Range Rover Evoque platform, and may even share the Evoque’s range of engines.
Despite some possible carry-over mechanicals, Land Rover says 90 percent of the new model's components are new, and a seven-seat version could also be on the cards.
This week's batch of spy photos also reveal a first look at the new Discovery Sport's cabin, revealing that the basic design of the concept's dash will carry over into production.
In this shot, we can see the concept's two-tier dash design, bisected by a broad centre stack that merges into the long centre console.
Watch for more details on the Discovery Sport - and the larger Discovery - to surface over the coming year.