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2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport (LR2 Replacement) Spy Shots

 
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2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport (LR2 Replacement) spy shots

Land Rover introduced an updated LR2 for the 2013 model year, with the vehicle receiving a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a much more luxurious interior and the latest version of the automaker’s brilliant Terrain Response off-roading system. Despite all the updates, there’s no hiding the fact that the LR2 is starting to show its age, having been on the market since the 2007 model year.

The good news is that a successor is in the works, although the new car won’t be known as an LR2. It won’t even be known as a Freelander, which is what the LR2 is called overseas. Instead, the successor to the LR2 is expected to be called a Discovery Sport.

It’s been rumored for some time that Land Rover was going to use the Discovery name (currently the name of the LR4 overseas) for a family of lifestyle and leisure-oriented vehicles, just as the Range Rover name is currently used for a family of upmarket vehicles and the Defender name for hardcore utility models. But at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, Land Rover finally confirmed the rumors.

No details on the new Discovery family were revealed, although we know that the first model from the family will be the LR2 replacement, pictured in prototype form above. As mentioned, the vehicle is expected to be called a Discovery Sport, and it should be revealed later this year or early next.  

The Discovery Sport will share its platform with the Range Rover Evoque. In fact, previous test mules used Evoque bodies to hide their mechanicals. Dubbed LR-MS, the platform underpinning the Evoque and this new Discovery Sport is loosely based on Ford’s old EUCD design but has been thoroughly updated. Land Rover boasts that 90 percent of the LR-MS’ components are new. Most of it is steel though aluminum is used in some areas to help shed weight.

The Discovery Sport is expected to be bigger than the Evoque but its proportions and styling should be similar. The extra size will allow for a new seven-seat option.

Power in the base model will most likely come from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder found in Jaguar Land Rover’s Ingenium engine family. A 3.0-liter V-6, which in supercharged form has been added to the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models, may also be offered. A nine-speed automatic should be standard.

In addition to the new Discovery Sport expect the Discovery family to include the eventual replacement for the LR4 and possibly a new compact model smaller than the current Range Rover Evoque.

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