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  • Land Rover is adamant the new discovery sports is not just a replacement for the

  • geriatric LR2

  • but really the birth of a whole new family of vehicles designed as a more versatile

  • alternative to the fashion focused Range Rover Evoque

  • its arrival to Mercedes GLK the Audi q5

  • and the BMW x3.

  • Although it's based on the Evoque Land Rover says that 50 percent of the parts

  • are new and it certainly looks different. Taking its design ques from the Vision conncept we saw

  • back in New York last April there's no denying it's a

  • good-looking SUV but for me I miss some of the chiseled utilitarian chic

  • of the larger discovery all

  • or the LR4 as it's known in the U.S.

  • The biggest change in here compared to the Evoque is the introduction of five-plus

  • two seating there really is room in here for five properly sized adults although the

  • two seats in the rear are

  • best left for kids. This middle row actually slides backwards and forwards

  • and Land Rover claims that with the seat in its rear most position

  • there's as much room in here as there is in the big-daddy Range Rover

  • Now that's impressive

  • Up front it's all very neat and functional and there's a much needed new

  • info-tainment system

  • that hooks up to your smartphone and at last drags Land Rover into the modern age although

  • don't expect see the stick shift

  • in the US

  • Under here you'll find a 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine

  • developing

  • 237 horsepower and mated in the US

  • to a new 9-speed automatic gearbox ultimately there'll be a choice between

  • front orl two different kinds a all-wheel-drive system

  • helping the discovery sport stay true to Land Rover's off-road roots.

  • In time a discovery family will expand to include a replacement for the current

  • generation

  • LR4 for now though there's no denying that the new discovery sport marks a

  • significant step forward over the old

  • LR2 and we can't wait to drive it later

  • this year.

Land Rover is adamant the new discovery sports is not just a replacement for the

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