Land Rover Discovery Sport to seat seven

New member of Discovery family to feature option of three row seating

Published: August 1, 2014, 4:00 PM
Updated: October 14, 2014, 11:49 AM

Land Rover Discovery Sport with seven-passenger seating

In advance of its official release, probably at the Paris auto show in October, Land Rover has released some details of a new Discovery Sport model with available seating for up to seven.

Prototype vehicles, with body wrap showing a phantom view of the third-row seat area, have been disbursed from the Halewood, UK, assembly plant, where it will be built, for testing on public roads.

The anti-camouflage coverage is designed to give people a peek into the interior packaging of the compact SUV's 5 2 available seating, the company says in a statement.

"As if 'peeling back' the outer layer of the vehicle, it reveals the Discovery Sport's option of two seats in the third row, enhancing its versatility and appeal as a compact, family SUV."

The Discovery Sport is said to be the first member of an all-new family of Discovery vehicles inspired by the Discovery Vision Concept shown at the 2014 New York International Auto Show.

"As you would expect from a Discovery, the versatile Discovery Sport will feature optional 5 2 seating, offering spacious load space and configurable seating, while still retaining a more compact footprint than traditional 5-seat SUVs," said Gerry McGovern, Design Director and Chief Creative Officer for Land Rover.

Sales of the Discovery Sport will commence, alongside the existing Discovery, sometime in 2015. Exactly when they will arrive in North America has not yet been revealed.