The Discovery Sport's rearmost seats will be relatively compact though, with Land Rover describing the seating layout as being a "5+2" rather than a genuine seven-seater.
That said, with every Discovery Sport to be equipped with seven seats as standard (in the UK at least), Land Rover expects the Discovery Sport to enjoy greater fortunes than the Freelander.
"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," said Gerry McGovern, Design Director and Chief Creative Officer.
And the interior shown depicts a design that's considerably more upmarket than that of the comparatively pedestrian Freelander, with a wide infotainment screen, light-coloured leather, a panoramic glass sunroof and an ambience more akin to a Range Rover.
The 60/40 split middle row will also be able to slide fore and aft, to improve either cargo volume or third-row legroom.
As the only seven-seater in its class, the Discovery Sport should prove an appealing product to well-to-do family buyers, and a design that's significantly more upmarket than its predecesssor will certainly help it score points in the showroom.
Full details of the 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport range will be revealed on September 3, and an Australian debut is expected in the second quarter of 2015.
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