The new Land Rover Discovery Sport will come with seven seats as standard in the UK, the firm has revealed – which took a leaf out of sister brand Jaguar’s book to help make the announcement.
A graphic of the fold-flat rear seats has been depicted on a wrapped and disguised final-prototype Discovery Sport, which the firm confirms is now in its final stage of testing and development. This will take place not just in several countries, but on several continents.
Land Rover scoops new 2015 Discovery Sport in teaser reveal
The prototypes were assembled at the Halewood plant where the new Discovery Sport family SUV will be built, suggesting the firm’s well on the way to getting the production line up and running too.
Land Rover isn’t strictly calling it a seven-seater, though. The rear seats are ‘5+2’ pews, suggesting they’re intended more for occasional use rather than being the more spacious chairs found in the big Discovery.
Even so, design director Gerry McGovern reckons seven seats is a prerequisite for a Discovery, and promises the new model will offer a “spacious load space and configurable seating, while still retaining a more compact footprint than traditional 5-seat SUVs”.
As for a release date, Land Rover is still saying no more that the new Discovery Sport will go on sale in 2015. However, given the advanced appearance of these prototypes, though (it looks virtually like here’s a showroom-ready car beneath that wrap!), we’d suggest it’ll be earlier in the year rather than later.
World show debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2015, then?