Land Rover has confirmed that the all new Discovery Sport, currently in production at the company’s Halewood Factory will come with standard 5 + 2 seating layout.
The final prototypes of the eagerly awaited SUV is currently undergoing extensive testing and is set to be unveiled at the Paris Motor show in October 2014.
The two rear-most seats are likely to fold forwards to increase load space in the rear, and could be removable altogether.
The move to offer the Discovery Sport with seven seats as standard will likely help the new model to stand out in the increasingly crowded mid-size SUV segment, currently dominated by the likes of the Audi Q5 and BMW X3.
Land Rover design boss Gerry McGovern said the car would offer “spacious load space and configurable seating, while still retaining a more compact footprint than traditional five-seat SUVs.”