LAND ROVER’S production lines may still be gearing up for the new Discovery Sport to be made in Halewood from 2015 but in a factory somewhere else in the world, they’re already producing them.
Far from being the real thing, however, they’re toy cars, pictures of which have been leaked online.
Thought to be genuine, the miniature scale models, reveal, for the first time, the final design of the Discovery Sport. The full-size car will be unveiled on September 3 and, until now, all we’ve seen are teaser shots and a video of a heavily disguised prototype.
The pictures of the models extend our knowledge by throwing light on the details of the new design (for example, it’s clear a panoramic sunroof will be, if not standard, at least an option),while hinting at the colour schemes Land Rover is considering. The orange model with black alloys is the same combination Land Rover gave the Discovery Vision Concept at the Beijing motor show.
The Discovery Sport, which will replace the Freelander, is believed to be based on an extended version of the platform underpinning the five-door Range Rover Evoque. It will be the first of a new generation of Discovery models and is set to be powered by a range of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.
It is possible it will be equipped with many of the technologies Land Rover displayed recently, including laser referencing, transparent bonnet and 3D instrument cluster.