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China-made Land Rover Discovery Sport launched on the Chinese car market

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The China-made Land Rover Discovery Sport has been launched on the Chinese car market. Price starts at 368.000 yuan and ends at 518.000 yuan ($58.000 – 81.800). The Chinese Disco-Sport debuted in September on the 2015 Chengdu Auto Show.

The Discovery Sport is manufactured by the Chery-JLR joint venture that also makes the Range Rover Evoque, and will make several more Land Rover and Jaguar branded cars in the future.

The China-made Discovery Sport is the same inside-out as the U.K. variant, nothing is stretched or extra big in any way. Lone engine is the Ford-sourced 2.0 turbo with 240hp and 340nm, mated to a nine-speed automatic gearbox.

This engine is set to be replaced by a newly developed JLR engine, but when exactly is unclear. Earlier on we also saw photos of a Chery engine in a Freelander, but it seems that project hasn’t made much progress yet. The Discovery Sport is the successor of the Freelander 2.

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Infotainment screen is tiny for Chinese 2015 standards. Even the much cheaper Chery Tiggo 5 got a much bigger screen! Land Rover should ask their partner whether they can borrow some…

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Badge on the left: ‘Chery Land Rover’, which is a bit fuzzy since that is not the name of the joint venture, but it sure sounds and looks better that ‘Chery Jaguar Land Rover’ or ‘Chery-JLR’.

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