India-bound Land Rover Discovery Sport spotted - China

12/02/2015 - 13:27 | ,  ,   | Paranjay Dutt

Is likely the second model to be manufactured in Changshu.

The India-bound Land Rover Discovery Sport has been spotted in China by AutoHome. The car made its Chinese premiere at the Guangzhou Auto Show 2014.

2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport spied rear China
The Land Rover Discovery Sport replaces the Freelander 2 globally, and has just began selling in the UK.

The Sport will likely be the second product from the Chery-JLR JV plant in Changshu, and has been spotted carrying the identification stickers from the said facility, adds the report. The plant rolled out the locally assembled Range Rover Evoque a few days ago, and could also make the upcoming Jaguar XE sedan, as reported earlier. The company has not yet confirmed the local manufacturing of these models.

Positioned as a replacement to the Freelander 2, the Discovery Sport is the first member of the new Discovery family. Engine options for the vehicle include a 2.2-litre diesel and a 2-litre turbocharged petrol engine, while gearbox choices include 6-speed manual and a 9-speed automatic. It boasts a new Terrain Response System, and comes with an ability to wade water as deep as 600 mm. It can seat seven, gets a new 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and features like autonomous braking, too.

Land Rover Discovery Sport front at 2014 Guangzhou Auto Show
The Discovery Sport made its Chinese debut in Guangzhou Auto Show 2014.

 Also read: Jaguar Land Rover to replace R-S with SVR badging

The Discovery Sport will arrive in India in mid-2015 and is initially expected to be a CBU import, while another report says that the SUV will be assembled at Pune plant from August.

Competitors: BMW X3, Volvo XC60, Audi Q5, Mercedes M Class
Expected Price: INR 45 lakhs, ex-Showroom
Launch date: Mid-2015 in India

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