Sales of the model are due to begin next year, and JLR has today announced an extra 250 jobs will be created at its Halewood site to meet the extra demand. The extra jobs will swell the Halewood workforce to around 4,750 people, while the site will also get around £200 million of new investment to support production of the new model.
The site recently fitted a new 'servo' stamping line, the first of its kind in the UK, at a cost of £45 million. The press is able to handle more weight and work at higher speeds than traditional presses.
Recently spotted testing at the Nurburgring in Germany, development on the Discovery Sport is now well into its final stages. The first model to appear from the new extended Discovery family, the Sport will be powered by JLR's range of Ingenium diesel engines, with petrol versions arriving in autumn next year.