| James Kon in Paris, France |
NEW to the family of Land Rover, the heart-pumping Discovery Sport was launched to the global press in a prestigious and grand affair on an 80-metre barge on the River Seine through Paris, just a day before the Paris Motorshow earlier this month.
Two Discovery Sport vehicles were driven on the specially-designed barge.
To add on to the spectacular launch, supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley also made a special appearance. Gerry McGovern, Design Director and Chief Creative Officer of Land Rover, was on- hand to greet the supermodel, who was also in the city for Paris Fashion Week.
At the launch, Gerry McGovern said, “The new Land Rover Discovery Sport is the first compact Discovery for Land Rover. The Land Rover brand itself continued on its transformation journey (for example the Range Rover, Discovery and Defender). We have already established that the new Range Rover in the market place is very successful and will continue to look for more opportunity.”
He continued, “The Discovery Sport is the first step in the creation of a new family of Discovery and it is not a replacement. It is a whole new family and I am delighted to lead the design team that played an instrumental role in helping to create the Discovery Sport.”
Designing a vehicle, he explained, is a very collaborative process. Predominately it is about designers and engineers working together in harmony to come up with a desirable vehicle.
The new Discovery Sport is the world’s most versatile premium compact SUV and the first member of the new Discovery family.
Uniquely in its segment, Discovery Sport’s dynamic design combines 5+2 seating with design and engineering integrity in a compact foot-print.
A suite of Land Rover innovations debut, including the next generation multi-link rear axle, advanced pedestrian airbag technology, an all-new touch-screen infotainment system, and state-of-the-art high-strength steel and lightweight aluminium bodyshell for outstanding performance, safety and efficiency.
Discovery Sport has been designed to be as environmentally sustainable as it is affordable to run: Carbon dioxide emissions as low as 119g/km are comparable to smaller and less versatile family hatchbacks.
Customers will benefit from the efficient yet powerful SD4 four-cylinder diesel engine, four-wheel drive, and advanced nine-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmissions.
The efficient and refined SD4 turbo diesel engine featured stop-start technology, high-pressure direct injection, low-friction internal components and smart regenerative charging for outstanding performance and economy.
The SD4 2.2-litre turbo diesel produces 190PS and produces 420Nm of torque, therefore, drivers can count on exceptional fuel efficiency of up to 46.0mpg as well as effortless overtaking ability.
And later in 2015, the highly efficient eD4 turbo diesel engine debuts together with two-wheel drive, with carbon dioxide emissions of just 119g/km and enhanced fuel economy.
With Indera Motors as the main distributor of Land Rover, the new Discovery Sport is expected to hit the Brunei market by the end of next year.