In just over three weeks we’ll get a proper look at the all-new Land Rover Discovery, with all its camouflage wraps off, but for now we’re being teased with this front-on image.
Arguably as big a jump in styling terms as the change from Disco 2 to D3 in 2004, it’s a classically handsome beast to our eyes, if not surprising or shocking. The 2014 Discovery Vision Concept styling is clear, mixing Discovery Sport and Range Rover Sport cues – check out the N, S, W, E compass points in the headlights, which are becoming a Discovery signature. Like its forebears, it should age well.
When you compare its proportions to previous generations, it looks like the waistline and scuttle sit much higher than before, the lower bodywork accounting for a greater percentage of the vehicle’s height. Will that detrimentally impact visibility, especially off-road? We’ll have to wait and see…
Land Rover is saying little more about the hotly-anticipated seven-seat vehicle for now, but claims it has been ‘created with absolute versatility, capability and technology like no other… The new Discovery embodies Land Rover’s drive to go Above and Beyond, combining British desirability with an unstoppable spirit of adventure.’
Gerry McGovern, Land Rover’s Chief Design Officer, adds: ‘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.’
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