Land Rover is promising a radical new generation for its Discovery SUV and Autocar magazine reports the final details are being put together.
The new Discovery is almost ready for its world premiere set to for next year, according to Autocar. The 7-seater Land Rover is said to keep almost all the visual design treatments offered as a preview by the Vision Concept at the 2014 New York Auto Show. The next generation SUV will be part of a family of “a minimum of three” models, Land Rover design director Gerry McGovern revealed at the recent Los Angeles motor show. The new model will be built at Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull plant and it set to benefit for the same aluminum monocoque chassis that can be found on Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, helping to cut down some weight from the current body-on-frame heavy structure – a building method that traditionally works better for off road cars. McGovern also revealed to Autocar the Discovery was being made more premium and would be brought deliberately closer to Range Rover. “There will be a premium execution in Discovery, more Range Rover-like. But we need to not confuse and get the balance right,” he added.
The main engines line-up for the next Discovery is reported to be made by a revised version of the 3.0-litre SDV6 diesel found in the current model, as well as the Range Rover Sport and Range Rover models. It is likely that the Ingenium engines will later power the car, either in current four-cylinder form or in a V6 layout. The new SUV will also bring some new technologies such as a laser scanning system that can automatically adjust 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 a remotely-controlled parking-system for tight spaces.