Land Rover has released these two teaser images of the next-generation Discovery. The pictures come ahead of its official launch on 28 September – just three days before the Paris Motor Show opens to the public.
The all-new model will take its styling lead from the 2014 Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept, sharing many of its styling cues with the Discovery Sport. This will complete the transformation of Land Rover’s model range and establish a very different design language to its Range Rover-badged sister cars. It also continues Jaguar Land Rover’s development policy, which favours evolution over revolution, and platform sharing.
The Ingenium four-cylinder and 3.0-litre TDV6-powered models will be considerably lighter and more efficient than the current 2.7-tonne car. The larger in-line six-cylinder Ingenium will follow later. They need to be more efficient – and using the aluminium platform that underpins the Range Rover, Sport and Discovery Sport makes this possible. It remains to be seen whether the new car will be as adaptable a working vehicle as the current model – certainly, it looks as though the more upmarket, lifestyle-oriented model will lose its upright rear door and Alpine windows, even if it retains its seven-seater configuration.
Gerry McGovern, Land Rover’s Chief Design Officer, said: ‘The new Discovery redefines the large SUV. Land Rover’s design and engineering teams have revolutionised the Discovery DNA to create a highly desirable, extremely versatile and hugely capable premium SUV.’
Will the Discovery lose its carefully-nurtured classless image along the way? We’ll find out at the end of the month.