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Land Rover Teases New Discovery Sport with Seating for Seven

Land Rover Discovery Sport camo

Just ahead of its official debut, which is likely later this year, Land Rover decided to tease its newest compact SUV, the Discovery Sport. While teasers typically don’t give up too many important details, this one is an exception as it reveals an optional third row of rear seats.

Despite its compact dimensions, the camouflaged vehicle shown at Jaguar Land Rover’s Halewood plant is able to provide the amount of seating typically reserved for midsize vehicles. Land Rover confirmed that the new Discovery Sport will be available with a 5+2 seating configuration.

“As you would expect from a Discovery, the versatile Discovery Sport will feature optional 5+2 seating, offering spacious load space and configurable seating, while still retaining a more compact footprint than traditional 5-seat SUVs,” said Gerry McGovern, Design Director and Chief Creative Officer for Land Rover.

Land Rover Discovery Sport

The photograph that was released by Land Rover shows the Discovery Sport undergoing testing. It was also wrapped with camouflage that mimics an x-ray of the vehicle, in effect “peeling back” the outer layer of the vehicle to reveal what’s inside.

While the nuances of the Discovery Sport’s exterior design were obscured by the camouflage, it did show that the vehicle is similar in size to the Range Rover Evoque. It also features design cues from the Discovery Vision concept which was revealed this year’s New York Auto Show.

It remains to be seen whether this production vehicle will include the Discovery Vision concept’s innovative technologies. These include a transparent hood or laser guided Terrain Response System. Nevertheless, off-roading prowess is likely included.

Currently, the Discovery Sport is still in the midst of testing, but it will go on sale worldwide in 2015.

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