British SUV maker Land Rover has released the first official image of the all-new Discovery model it will properly unveil later this month, ahead of the Paris auto show.
The photo shows a front end notably different from that of the Discovery Sport introduced at last year’s Frankfurt show; while the two are no doubt related, the non-Sport model puts more visual emphasis on Land Rover’s off-road reputation. Viewed straight-on like this, there’s also a passing resemblance to the Kia Soul, a comparison we’re sure Kia’s folks will like more than Land Rover’s.
But while the two models share a name and styling cues, there’s evidence the Discovery will be longer: Land Rover calls this a “full-size” SUV, while it referred to the Disco Sport as a compact, but both are seven-seaters. That’s not a new strategy for Land Rover, whose Range Rover and Range Rover Sport are small vs. large versions of the same vehicle.
The Discovery Sport uses a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 240 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque, which comes with a nine-speed automatic transmission; we’ll be curious to see if the larger Disco sticks with that or bumps up to a V6, even as an option.
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