Land Rover has released the first image of its new Discovery model, which will be fully revealed later this month.
The fifth-generation of the iconic British off-roader borrows a number of styling cues from other Land Rover products such as the Range Rover Sport and Land Rover Discovery, most evident in the flatter grille and narrow headlight design. Gone is the tall, upright silhouette of old cars and in is a new rounded off design.
The front bumper and wheel arches have been flared to give a more rugged appearance, while a prominent skid plate beneath the lower front grille proudly emphasises the 4×4’s off-road capabilities.
While we haven’t seen official photographs of the rear of the vehicle, recent spy shots suggest that iconic Discovery design cues such as an offset number plate will be incorporated into a new, bolder style.
Again, we’ll have to wait for official interior pictures, but it is expected that it will represent a big step up in terms of quality. The next-generation Defender, expected to go on sale in 2018, will become the go-to for those needing simple, rugged off-road capability, while the Discovery will be pitched as a ‘leisure’ vehicle.
Despite the move upmarket, the new Discovery will still be incredibly capable away from paved streets. JLR intends to be the benchmark for off-roading and will integrate the latest 4×4 technology to achieve this.
Full details will be released when the car makes its debut at the Paris Motor Show at the end of September. It is expected to be announced with a range of diesel and hybrid powertrains, priced from around £45,000.
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.
September 6, 2016