The Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept first broke cover a month ago – on an aircraft carrier, in the middle of the sea, as you do. However, fast-forward a month and Land Rover softly launched the Vision to the public at the Royal Windsor Horse Show.
It’s not your obvious location, until you scan the car parks which, at first glance, seem to represent the world’s largest used Land Rover facility – a very effective location to customer clinic the Vision.
So what do we know about the Vision? Well, it isn’t the new Freelander replacement (that’s the incoming Discovery Sport) nor is it the Discovery 4 replacement. Whilst distinctive, current Ford Explorer owners might have a double take, so one does wonder if the same car, same hardpoints, but with tougher rugged fore and aft might appear in the near future.
An overheard passing customer remarked (on the show stand), ‘Is it another new Range Rover?’ Certainly it is pretty, but Gerry McGovern’s photocopier does seem to be flat out at the moment.
Knock down those motor show alloys a few inches, hang the ‘suicide’ doors the right way round and what does it leave? A particularly well-finished interior, which though stylised (posts rather than rails under the seats, touch screens for everything) looks quite production ready. Fitting seemingly functioning third row seats in black leather is a bit odd for a design muse (especially when the fabulous two tone leather is a different shade entirely).
If this concept makes production, sitting in any of the seats will be a nice place to be, especially as the window line is deep, rather than enjoying the narrow, upswept Evoque style. Exterior wise, we have the familiar floating pillars and Discovery upswept roof line. However, remove the C-pillar behind the rear doors, and you’re in Range Rover territory, even down to the Evoque arch lips. The familiar Freelander curved clamshell bonnet is evident though.
Ten years ago Land Rover announced the Range Stormer, which went into production later in watered-down form. Will history repeat itself? Come the Autumn, AROnline will have all the news – but, for now, enjoy the gallery.
Find out more at Land Rover’s website