The next-gen Land Rover Discovery has been spied testing in UK and is expected to be ready for a launch in 2017. The new Discovery will be inspired by the 2014 Discovery vision concept and will feature a lower, sleeker design. It is also expected to be more luxurious as compared to the current model.
Land Rover is working towards making the SUV lighter and also loading it with new features. It will feature seven seats and will have three variants on offer which includes the Discovery Sport and another new model below it, that may be a compact SUV, owing to the rising demand for such vehicles.
The new Discovery will be built on the Range Rover platform. This is a bonded and riveted aluminium monocoque one and will be built at Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull plant. The new platform will help the SUV become lighter than the current one.
The engine will be an updated version of the 3.0-litre SDV6 diesel found in the current Discovery, as well as the Range Rover Sport and Range Rover models. The Ingenium engines also could be considered for the Discovery with their new modular engine technology.
Land Rover has showcased the next-generation Discovery at the New York motor show in April 2014 with the Discovery Vision concept which as per JLR is very important in terms of being a benchmark for new-generation Discovery models. The company wants to build a car that’s sportier and more modern-looking than the current one and at the same time is also practical and versatile.
The production model which has been spied testing is close to the concept on the exterior at least, with only minor changes at the front and rear ends. The interiors will be different from the concept as they were bit too radical.
In addition to its class-leading off-road ability, the Discovery would also feature a lazer scanning system that automatically adjusts the suspension and transmission based on the road ahead, a ‘transparent bonnet’ that projects an image of what’s underneath the car onto the bonnet and the ability to control the car remotely to park it in tight spaces.
An Indian launch of the next-gen land Rover Discovery may happen in late 2017 or 2018.