Land Rover Discovery SportThe Land Rover Discovery Sport will become the first variant of the extended Discovery family to reach production and will replace the Land Rover Freelander in 2015.

Design boss Gerry McGovern made the announcement during the Land Rover press conference at the New York Motor Show.

“I am proud to confirm the nameplate that will make Discovery a family of vehicles for the first time,” he said. “It will be called Discovery Sport and will go on sale in 2015.”

The new Discovery Sport will feature styling cues seen in the new Discovery Vision Concept also starring on the firm’s stand at the New York Motor Show – and some of the high-tech features will make it to production as well.

“This will be the most versatile and capable SUV in its segment and is the first expression of the Discovery Vision Concept unveiled here in New York,” added McGovern.

Although no images or further details were revealed about the new Discovery Sport, Land Rover did confirm it will be a premium compact SUV – and, we can assume, more details will be revealed as 2014 progresses.

Will we see the Land Rover Discovery Sport revealed as either a concept or production model at the Paris Motor Show in September, though? Watch this space…

New York Motor Show on Motoring Research