The official word from Land Rover, design director Gerry McGovern and anyone else you care to mention is that the Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept is just that. A concept.

But after seeing the show car in New York last night, ahead of its public debut at the show on Wednesday, it’s hard to imagine that it’s not actually the new Discovery, expected next year. Or as close as dammit. 

When I first saw the pics that you can now see in our story I wasn’t sure to be honest. Maybe it’s because I’m such a fan of the existing one and its lovely straight, imposing and architectural lines. But now I’ve seen the show car in the metal – on an aircraft carrier turned museum no less – I’m rather more convinced that it’s a step in the right direction and worthy of the Discovery nameplate.