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.