Discovery Sport prototypes were driven 1.2 million kilometres in testing.

Whitley, West Midlands - As the new Discovery Sport - the slightly more macho replacement for the long-running Freelander - enters its final testing phase ahead of its global reveal on 3 September, Land Rover has given us a glimpse of just what goes into the development of an SUV with a reputation for toughness to uphold - along with some eyebrow-raising statistics.


According to programme director Murray Dietsch, the Discovery Sport prototypes have been driven about 1.2 million kilometres during the testing and development phase, in temperatures ranging from -36° to 42°.

They were tested on 40-degree inclines and 45-degree downslopes and in water to a depth of 600mm; in fact a total of 11,720 test results have been recorded.