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119g/km Land Rover Discovery Sport ditched

Date: 20 May 2015   |   Author: David Motton

Land Rover has quietly abandoned plans to sell a fleet-friendly front-wheel drive 119g/km CO2 version of the Discovery Sport.

Last year, it announced the model would be powered by one of the new Ingenium family of Jaguar Land Rover engines. The vehicle, badged eD4, was clearly targeted at business users and was due to go on sale in the middle of this year.

However, although technical details for the car are still on Land Rover's website - albeit with a revised on-sale date of late 2015 - BusinessCar has learned that this car will no longer be sold in Land Rover's home market.

Land Rover recently confirmed the widely anticipated launch of four-wheel drive versions of the Discovery Sport powered by Ingenium engines, with deliveries starting in September. The company no longer believes there is any need for the 2WD car.

"As we have been able to bring to market a 4WD Discovery Sport under the crucial 130g/km CO2 threshold we believe there will be little demand for a 2WD variant in the UK, so for now it does not form part of our product portfolio," said a Land Rover spokesperson.

The lowest-CO2 Discovery Sport will be the 129g/km 150hp 2.0-litre diesel. The new Euro6 engine replaced the current Euro5 190hp 2.2-litre diesel engine, which emits 162g/km of CO2 and returns 40.4mpg.