LAND ROVER DISCOVERY CONCEPT
Revealed just hours after a leaked image surfaced online, the new concept takes its cues from Land Rover’s premium Range Rover line to deliver a smoother and more style-focused look.
The Discovery Vision marks a major departure from the familiar two-box look that Land Rover has built its brand on; a step that is sure to polarise opinions among buyers and onlookers.
But, despite its ‘soft roader’ look, Land Rover says the Discovery Vision’s development focused heavily on the brand’s go-anywhere philosophy, while introducing a host of new comfort and convenience technologies.
Among those new feature is the (purely conceptual) Remote Control Drive, which allows the driver to control the Discovery Vision at very low speeds - without actually being inside.
“Remote Control Drive has various useful applications both on- and off-road, from coupling a trailer, to external spotting during extreme off-roading,” Land Rover says.
Another off-road function is Laser Referencing, which uses visible laser beams to project markings, symbols and imagery onto ground surfaces for improved navigation in tight spaces.
Last week, Land Rover also revealed its ‘transparent bonnet’ technology, which uses grille-mounted cameras to send images of the ground in front of the vehicle to a head-up display in front of the driver - effectively making the front of the cover invisible.
Inside the Vision, Land Rover promises seating for seven, with a flexible new version of the traditional second- and third-row configurations.
For this concept, the second row seats can be folded independently, while the third row seats are foldable in tandem - allowing a single passenger in the middle seat of the second row a throne-like spaciousness, or a limo-like experience for third-row passengers.
Land Rover isn’t revealing much else about the concept at this stage, but the company is likely to keep fans on a drip feed for the next year or so.
When will we see the new Discovery in production? We could potentially see this new concept appear in the coming year as a replacement for the LR4 Discovery.
Launched in 2009, the current LR4 entered as an extensive upgrade to the LR3 model that debuted in 2004.
The new styling language is also expected to flow through to a replacement for the Freelander, which could - according to reports overseas - become the ‘Discovery Sport’ in its next iteration.
Watch for more details to surface over the coming months.
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