Caught! 2015 Land Rover Discovery "Junior"
Freelander Replacement Shows Evoque Influences
We know Land Rover is doing some rethinking of its model naming and positioning, and the replacement for the current Freelander/LR2 is believed to be part of a multi-model Discovery family that will launch within the next two years. These latest spy shots confirm reports claiming the new entry-level Discovery model will adopt Evoque-like styling cues, such as the "cat eye" headlights and tapered taillights.
For those looking for the style of the Evoque with a little more practicality, the new entry Discovery model may be just the ticket, with two models reportedly in the works, a five-passenger and a seven-passenger version. Although the greenhouse is noticeable taller and more upright than the rakish Evoque, the upward taper of the beltline maintains a good deal of the Evoque's styling influence.
The 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 used in the current Land Rover Freelander/LR2 will likely carry over, although Jaguar Land Rover is reportedly working on an all-new family of four-cylinder engines. European and world-market models will likely get some diesel options, and a possible hybrid option. The nine-speed automatic transmission in the 2014 Evoque is a near-certainty.
Because of the more price-sensitive compact/midsize premium market, the new entry-level Discovery may maintain a steel body, but with the recent unveiling of the 2015 Ford F-150, aluminum is moving into the mainstream, so an all-aluminum body is a possibility.