Official images give the closest look yet at Land Rover's new Discovery family, which will launch next year

Land Rover has released new preview images of the upcoming Discovery Vision Concept, which will be revealed at the New York motor show on 16 April. 

The company says the new car is a “bold new concept that will showcase Land Rover’s design vision for a new family of Discovery vehicles”.

Described as “premium leisure SUVs”, the company says that the new Discovery line-up will be “built on Land Rover’s key principles of emotive design, unrivalled capability and ultimate versatility… taken to new levels using customer-focused advanced technologies”.

Even at this stage of the reveal process, it is clear that the design language established with the Discovery 3 and 4 has been completely abandoned. These pictures of the concept's interior show a much more sophisticated approach, with what appears to be a touchscreen centre console and minimalistic controls and lots of jewel-like detailing, right down to the faceting of the sides of the rotary controller. The accent on luxury seems to extend to individually reclining seats front and rear. 

Shots of the exterior show that the Discovery family will have much slicker, more aerodynamic lines than the current model. The first model to use this new look will be the Freelander replacement, which is expected to appear in showroom guise before the end of the year.

Gerry McGovern, Land Rover’s design boss and chief creative officer, said that the 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. We have created the Vision Concept to… debut a new, compelling, relevant design direction that connects on an emotional level with customers of today and tomorrow”.

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3 April 2014

'"Even at this stage of the reveal process, it is clear that the design language established with the Discovery 3 and 4 has been completely abandoned. These pictures of the concept's interior show a much more sophisticated approach."
Try 'much more over designed and messy, far from it's rational, modernist, simple and historic approach.
“built on Land Rover’s key principles of emotive design, unrivalled capability and ultimate versatility " Shouldn't that read "Land Rover's key principle of RATIONAL, STRAIGHTFORWARD, CLEAN, SIMPLE DESIGN. Leave the emotional design to Jaguar and stop trying to ruin Land Rover's design heritage and ethos with poorly thought out, and irrational buzz words that don't fit the marque. David Bache, designer of the original Land Rover, Range Rover and Rovers P4, P5, P6, P7, P8, P9 and SD1 would be turning in his grave.

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3 April 2014

The design language has to change to allow LR to expand their range. There needs to be a distinct difference between the Defender replacement, the Freelander/Discovery range and then the expanded range of Range Rover models. By 2020 LR could be close to producing 10 models.

3 April 2014

Land Rovers should have a rationality, a robustness, a simplicity and a clarity to their design so that they look like Land Rovers. Their aesthetic, design ethos or 'look' should be more rationalist modern than "emotionally styled".More 70s Volvo than 90s Hyundai if you like. The proposal's blurred lines seem to indicate an idea for a 4wd from an Asian manufacturer rather than the maker of "The best 4x4xFar". Ten models is still fewer than other companies with definitive design language, such as Mercedes Benz, BMW or Audi have. The current Discovery is a design icon and an exemplar of industrial modernism in design.They don't need to change it too much, just make it lighter.

3 April 2014

Agree with concinnity to an extent - but it's a hard line to walk between progressive design that appeals to new, younger customers, while makingclear references to your past to keep the old-farts happy.
There has to be room in LR's line-up for a new direction though, alongide the more trad-look of the Defender, Disco etc. Maybe a sub-brand of smaller, lightweight, more modern SUVs to compliment the big bruisers?

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3 April 2014

If RangeRover is flash, Discovery should be practical... but this does not mean being behind the curve when it comes to new tech, just being behind the bleeding edge. Remember this is a show car so will be jazzed up internally for show viewing - its not what will appear in detail in the showroom.

3 April 2014

to make a call on this new design, but if anyone from JLR happens to read this - I (and I suspect/hope many others) want a Land Rover, not a Range Rover. Keep it simple and devoid of bling please.

3 April 2014

While I accept some views on design simplicity , considering the price range of most of the Freelander and Discovery ranges, it is a requirement that they will need to encompass the fancier design traits for the exterior and 'jewel like interior.
I only hope that they all have three individual rear seats like the current Discovery all other cars baring some mpv' s short change the middle rear passenger.
But the defender range needs to cross over to where the Discovery started, nice robust simple design, simple interiors that are robust and you could almost hose down. Lighter , by alli use would help economy and performance then build a cheaper range using more conventional production probably in China or Saudi etc.

3 April 2014

So that's where the plans for the 9-5 estate went to.

3 April 2014
sirwiggum wrote:

So that's where the plans for the 9-5 estate went to.

I was thinking the exact same thing -very SAAB. They have already copied the Skoda Yeti concept car of 2006 to replace the Defender with.

3 April 2014

My thought too. Not to mention the short-lived big SAAB SUV sold in the US.

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