THE LEGEND LAND ROVER DISCOVERY VISION PASSES THE CONCEPT UNVEILED BATON
DISCOVERY: A NEW BEGINNING In the 25 years since its launch, the Land Rover Discovery has carved an enviable reputation for itself – from deserts, jungles and barren peaks, where its unrivalled capability sees it through the harshest terrain. It has traversed cities and country tracks worldwide, where its distinctive blend of spacious design and innovative versatility have made it a global success, winning numerous awards and clocking up impressive sales figures. Land Rover officially revealed its design vision for a new family of premium leisure SUVs at the 2014 New York International Auto Show on April 18, 2014. The Discovery shaped the 4x4 leisure segment and, over the course of a generation, became synonymous with it. Always a trend-setting pioneer, the Discovery is now on a journey of transformation and is set to change the face of the next generation too. From 2015 onwards, the Discovery nameplate will be borne by not just a single model but a distinct range of vehicles that symbolize the essence of the premium, lifestyle-orientated SUV: modern, versatile, practical and desirable, with the unmistakable DNA of Land Rover at its core. The Discovery Concept is a vision into the future of Land Rover’s new family of leisure vehicles. It is a vision of a
premium and thoroughly modern lifestyle vehicle – a highly desirable interpretation of the well-established Discovery nameplate, with a strong focus on relevant versatility and compelling design. This will truly resonate with customers while respecting the established values of Discovery’s unique heritage. With its optimised volume and proportions, dramatic silhouette and overall modernity inside and out, this concept is a radical departure from Discovery as we know it – and yet, its unique DNA is evident, with the stepped roof, alpine lights, command driving position
and stadium seating all working in harmony to create a vehicle that acknowledges its roots, whilst firmly looking forward.
evolved on the Discovery concept to a highly flexible new tailgate design incorporating a social seat system in the vehicle’s load space area.
Though a full-size SUV, the Discovery Vision Concept looks remarkably compact. This has been achieved through a combination of well-considered design elements such as wrap-around headlamps and tail lamps and the short front and rear overhangs serving to reduce the visual length. The headlamps utilise advanced laser technology to generate incredibly bright, farreaching beams of light, paired with LED daytime running lights. Slim fog lamps on either side of the prominent undershield are capable of emitting both infrared and coloured lasers, which assist in the Laser Terrain Scanning and Laser Referencing functions.
The gesture-controlled, electrically powered, singlepiece tailgate is paired with an event platform, which electrically deploys from within the rear bumper, just above the rear undershield. The Vision Concept has sleek horizontal tail lamps and vertical fog lamps, and as at the front, the rear window also features hidden wipers, neatly concealed under the rear spoiler. The concept car, which is painted in a Tribeca Grey finish, is fitted with bespoke 23-inch split-five-spoke Aero Viper alloy wheels with a bright silver turned finish.
In profile, the Discovery Vision Concept’s raised beltline alludes to the incredible levels of space available inside. The doors are operated by gesture control, and with no need for handles, the resulting clean, beautifully crafted surfaces and the flush, tight gaps between their interfaces further impart a sense of modernity. The slim, aerodynamic wing mirrors have embedded cameras, which augment the view of the driver through the windows, providing an extended field of vision while
parking and reversing. Just below the doors, sill steps on either side automatically deploy to facilitate occupants’ entry and exit, with LED lighting to illuminate the ground being stepped onto. The body coloured C-pillar, the stepped roof flowing into the alpine lights and the distinctive asymmetrical graphic element on the rear number plate also references its Discovery heritage. The Discovery Concept takes a thoroughly modern view but also acknowledges the need to evolve specific Discovery elements such as the split tailgate, which has
The interior of the Discovery Vision Concept is a dynamic blend of form, colour and material, striking in its clean, modern visual simplicity. It has been carefully crafted to deliver enormous levels of spaciousness and an open, airy feel for all seven occupants, while still cocooning them in an environment that feels cosy and secure. The Discovery Vision Concept maintains the command driving position, within an airy cockpit that gives excellent visibility. The Discovery, beloved of rutted roads and green lanes across the world, has a proud history of successfully tackling gruelling overland expeditions – most recently, the Journey of Discovery in 2012, where the onemillionth Discovery to be built was driven 8,000 miles from Birmingham to Beijing, China. The Discovery Vision Concept carries forward this tradition: from its design and build to the capability of its technical systems, it is not just every inch a Land Rover, but has the most advanced capability of any Land Rover, ever. Follow the excitement as the story continues to unfold over the next two weeks on Land Rover’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages and join the conversation using #ReadyToDiscover.
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Discovery 4. KING OF THE HILL More Distinctive than Ever After 25 years of dominance, the question about the Discovery 4 is not about what it can do, but rather what it canâ€™t do. That it has come of age and now bears its own name above the front grille is a true testament to Land Roverâ€™s confidence that it has manufactured a legend. This fourth generation model has received an anniversary facelift, which includes a new look front grille, mirrors and bumper with signature headlights. The best 4x4xfar comes with a 3.0L SDV6 engine, 256hp, 600Nm of torque, 0-60kmh in 8.8 seconds, 8 speed Drive Select Transmission with turn knob gear shift, 7 leather seats, rear AC, 11 air bags, updated Terrain Response System, Gradient Acceleration Control, Air Suspension (ride height adjustment), 700mm Wading Depth, Blindspot Monitoring system, Command Driving Position and Stadium Seating for seven. Schedule a test drive today.
Published on Apr 22, 2014