New Land Rover Discovery Sport undergoes testing in the Middle East
Land Rover has offered a glimpse into the world of prototype testing and development of new vehicles in the searing summer temperatures of the UAE. Ahead of the 3rd September 2014 launch of the new Land Rover Discovery Sport, the British marque has created a series of films with exclusive behind the scenes footage of the rigorous testing each vehicle endures in the extreme desert heat and humid climatic conditions of the Middle East.
Speaking about the behind the scenes test film series and the upcoming launch of the Discovery Sport, Bruce Robertson, MD of Jaguar Land Rover in MENA said; “As the new Discovery Sport enters its final testing phase, Land Rover MENA is incredibly proud to reveal the scale of endurance tests that our vehicles go through right here in the region for our MENA customers. The team has also tested powertrains, chassis and heating and ventilation systems, as well as the off-road and sand driving capability of Land Rover’s unique Terrain Response system.”
Land Rover’s Discovery Sport boasts a progressive new design approach which defines the new Discovery family with optimised volume, proportions and stance. Its design leadership combines with engineering integrity to result in a dynamic profile and the ultimate use of interior space with 5+2 seating configurability.
Reinforcing the Land Rover engineering philosophy, John Winchester, JLR Vehicle Engineering Operations Manager MENA, said: “Our engineering teams are committed and focused on the quality and durability of our products and an important part of this is rigorous environmental testing of our vehicles to ensure they can withstand even the harshest conditions. This region also offers the opportunity to do high ambient temperature testing where road surfaces are extremely smooth; making for some unique challenges and unparalleled testing opportunities.”
While Land Rover continues to make progress in the world of testing and development, the new Discovery Sport enters its final development phase with prototype fleets completing testing globally. Having covered over 1.2 million kilometres in some of the world’s harshest and most challenging terrains and climates, a total of 181 Land Rover Discovery Sport prototype vehicles have completed over 11,000 tests around the globe ensuring total confidence in the robustness of build and design of the vehicle.