As the new era of cars swept through Land Rover, following the example of the Evoque, one model became a casualty of the image revolution. The Freelander, first launched in 1997 was finally phased out after two major versions. Replacing the Freelander came a new model, the Discovery Sport, a lighter, more dynamic take on Land Rover's successful Discovery model.
Taking technical input from both Evoque and Freelander 2, the Discovery Sport offered a similar small, lightweight SUV format to the outgoing Freelander 2 but with updated Evoque-like styling and a host of new, advanced features. Initially offered with the 2.2 litre SD4 and 2.0 litre Turbo Petrol inherited from its stablemates, the diesel range quickly switched to Jaguar Land Rover's new Ingenium engine range in 2015, the first Land Rover vehicle to be offered with the all-new homegrown power plant.
By now typical Land Rover features such as their newest Terrain Response systems, exterior cameras and electronic powertrain management systems were standard features of the new model. On the inside, a new interior design included an innovative occasional 2-seat setup achieved by moving the middle row forwards to allow legroom for rear passengers.
The Discovery Sport essentially picked up where the Freelander 2 left off, but with a new name. It's initial launch and sales were highly successful.