By now, it's public knowledge that the Land Rover Discovery line will consist of multiple models, with the smaller of them effectively replacing the entry-level Freelander. Yesterday, Land Rover continued the slow tease with an interior photo and a video. We've also seen a few spy shots of the vehicle driving around. But Auto Express says it has a little more intel on the new model.
The British auto website claims the new "baby" Discovery will ride on a largely carryover platform from today's current Freelander but will get an all-new skin and exterior, and an extended-wheelbase version will offer seven-passenger seating. Powerplants will be all four-cylinder, including gas and diesel engines from Jaguar Land Rover's new "Hot Fire" family of I-4 engines to be built at Wolverhampton. Expect the transmission to be the nine-speed ZF automatic that recently rolled out in the Evoque, with a manual option possible for Europe and outside of the U.S.
The Discovery junior is expected to be priced slightly less than the Evoque, but Land Rover Design Chief Gerry McGovern claims it will be "seriously desirable in its own right." The teaser photo and video certainly have our interest piqued, but we'll have to wait a few more weeks to see for ourselves.
Source: Auto Express