Known in America in recent years as the LR4, the Discovery once roamed our shores under its native name. It may soon again, but whatever it's called, this is a preview of what it--and a family of Discovery vehicles--will look like. It's an important model for Land Rover, and the new concept reflects that, says Gerry McGovern, design director and chief creative officer for Land Rover.
"Discovery has been pivotal in helping to build the foundations of the Land Rover brand. It is admired all over the world and loved by its strong customer base," said McGovern. "We have created the Vision Concept to share the essence of Land Rover’s new age of Discovery and to debut a new, compelling, relevant design direction that connects on an emotional level with customers of today and tomorrow."
Under the hood of the concept, which Land Rover describes as a "design and technology vision for a future new family of Discovery vehicles," some form of high-tech drivetrain from Jaguar Land Rover's Advanced Research program will be revealed.
The Discovery Vision concept teaser video above paints the most complete picture of the vehicle thus far, suggesting a more dynamic, modern shape than the current LR4/Discovery, though with the familiar and characteristic stepped roof; the rear view shows what appear to be LED tail lights and a large DISCOVERY badge across the rear; and, perhaps most interestingly, the cabin features what appears to be a unique five-seat arrangement with a sliding, folding middle rear seat. A close-up view of the center console's gear selector knob reveals a stylized version of the familiar dial in the current LR4.
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As mentioned above, Land Rover will be using the Discovery name for a family of vehicles, with styling of this concept likely to influence other members of the family as well. In addition to a new LR4, the Discovery name is also expected to be applied to the replacement for the LR2/Freelander, which may end up being labeled a Discovery Sport.
Beyond these few details, all remains shrouded in darkness and secrecy--but we don't have long to wait. More information will be coming April 7th, with the concept set to debut at the 2014 New York Auto Show on April 16.