The Freelander is dead, long live the Discovery Sport!

Land Rover has just unveiled the Freelander's replacement. Named Discovery Sport, it looks like a family SUV with Premium ambitions. It thus doesn't hide its ambition of going to bother the German staples: Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes GLK. But, different from its rivals, this Discovery Sport offers up to 7 seats thanks to its optional third row. Interesting, no?

From a technical point of view, we already know that Land Rover is counting on offering this 4.59 meter long SUV in 2 and 4 wheel drive. To be just as good as other models of the range, the Discovery Sport will be able to rely on an 9-speed automatic gear box, controlled shock absorbers, a system to measure the depth of fords, and even high head display. Concerning the security, the constructor will offer an adaptive regulator that can engage autonomous braking. What's more, in case of a frontal shock with a pedestrian, an exterior airbag will deploy and will reduce the violence of the impact.

To run this Discovery Sport, Land Rover is counting on using already well-tested 4-cylinder engines. For diesel, the 2.2-litre will be available in two levels of power: the "TD4" will produce 150 horsepower and the "SD4" will deliver 190. The only petrol engine, for its part, will be a 2-litre engine called Si4, 240 hp strong. Later, a 2-litre turbo diesel ED4 from the "Ingenium" family will come to complete the offer. This engine will limit its CO2 emissions to 119 g/kg. The Discovery Sport will be launched next spring.

And you, do you find this Discovery Sport seducing?