Scale models of the Land Rover Discovery Sport reveal the car's final design ahead of its September launch
26 August 2014

Undisguised versions of the upcoming Land Rover Discovery Sport have been spotted online – in miniature form.

The images of the new Land Rover, which is due to be officially revealed on 3 September, show what is reputed to be the finalised design.

It's clear that little has changed cosmetically from the prototypes that have been recently spotted undergoing trials, which took their design cues from the earlier Discovery Vision Concept.

Visible details include a panoramic sunroof, as seen in the previous interior shots, the green Land Rover badge and 'Discovery' badging on the nose.

The orange and black colour scheme of one of the models, coincidentally, also echoes that of the Vision Concept shown at the Beijing motor show.

Land Rover's new seven-seat SUV is set to rival the likes of the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Porsche Macan.

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Our Verdict

The Land Rover Discovery Sport
The new Land Rover Discovery Sport is the successor to the Freelander

The Freelander's replacement goes big on prettiness and packaging, and as a result becomes the class leader

MrJ

26 August 2014
I think it's such a shame that the Discovery seems to be going the generic SUV styling route.

The present foursquare design is plain and utilitarian - but very handsome with it.

And by the look of these models, the new version with be less practical, with reduced volume in the back.

26 August 2014
The thing I like about the current Discovery is that it looks a little less pretentious and more rugged like a Land Rover, in my opinion, should. The antithesis of a Range rover.

26 August 2014
This is, I believe, a replacement for the Freelander, not the Discovery, so, hopefully,  the latter's replacement might retain more of the handsome "foursquare" look while cutting the excess weight. That said, I agree that the Discovery Sport is a lost opportunity in that it looks too similar to the Evoque and might find itself in direct competition with the rumoured Evoque XL if/when it is launched.

26 August 2014
Daniel Joseph wrote:

This is, I believe, a replacement for the Freelander, not the Discovery, so, hopefully,  the latter's replacement might retain more of the handsome "foursquare" look while cutting the excess weight. That said, I agree that the Discovery Sport is a lost opportunity in that it looks too similar to the Evoque and might find itself in direct competition with the rumoured Evoque XL if/when it is launched.

I'd say that this is that rumoured evoque xl

26 August 2014
superstevie wrote:
Daniel Joseph wrote:

This is, I believe, a replacement for the Freelander, not the Discovery, so, hopefully,  the latter's replacement might retain more of the handsome "foursquare" look while cutting the excess weight. That said, I agree that the Discovery Sport is a lost opportunity in that it looks too similar to the Evoque and might find itself in direct competition with the rumoured Evoque XL if/when it is launched.

I'd say that this is that rumoured evoque xl

Not with Discovery on the bonnet!

27 August 2014
oop north wrote:
superstevie wrote:
Daniel Joseph wrote:

This is, I believe, a replacement for the Freelander, not the Discovery, so, hopefully,  the latter's replacement might retain more of the handsome "foursquare" look while cutting the excess weight. That said, I agree that the Discovery Sport is a lost opportunity in that it looks too similar to the Evoque and might find itself in direct competition with the rumoured Evoque XL if/when it is launched.

I'd say that this is that rumoured evoque xl

Not with Discovery on the bonnet!

Not in name, but in concept. Why would Range Rover do an Evoque with 7 seats that would steal sales of this? You may argue that there is a big jump between the Evoque and the RRS, but I don't think there is room in the market for 2 competing cars within one company.

26 August 2014
Now that the Defender isn't going to have a direct replacement I suspect it will be more like the current Discovery in design direction.

Still think this new Discovery design language is too close to the Range Rover though, hopefully it will evolve differently for the larger models.

26 August 2014
Not sure I like the aluminium (?) design accent on the bonnet - also just barely visible in the camouflaged photo. I would expect it would be a nightmare to keep clean. My experience with exterior aluminium options is not good. I replaced the aluminium foot boards on my X5 three times. Very fragile.

26 August 2014
Morning Jinx59. What happened to them, if you don't mind me asking? Did they wear and split, or just tarnish?

26 August 2014
The first set became worn and pitted with dirt and scrapes from shoes - impossible to clean without rubbing the 'brushed effect' off. Asked BMW dealer that just shrugged his shoulders. The second set were 'eaten' by a special wheel cleaner at a car wash I thought would brighten them up after they too become speckled and slightly tarnsihed. Left a very artistic psychedelic effect. Must have been some kind of acid destined at cleaning brake rubber off front wheels. Since most wheels are alloys I didn't see that coming... The third set I still have and look OK, since I have only had them for about a year.

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