Replaces camouflage of previous prototypes with body graphics.
The all-new Land Rover Discovery has been spotted once again by our spy photographers, and this time around it was wearing less disguise than ever. As a matter of fact, it had camouflage only on the front fender vents as well as around the headlights and taillights. Other than that, the prototype was pretty much camo-free, with Land Rover deciding to try and mask the vehicle’s design with some multi-colored body graphics.
It’s pretty much obvious the new 2017 Discovery will look a lot like the latest Discovery Sport, but it appears the headlight and taillight design is going to be different and will likely echo the 2014 Discovery Vision Concept. Overall, the production version will be very similar to the concept from two years ago, sans the suicide doors and the side cameras which will be replaced by a pair of massive conventional mirrors.
While the dashboard was masked to hide its design, we already know how it will look like courtesy of a batch of spy images we shared a few months ago. It’s going to be slightly different than what the Discovery Sport has, and will actually have more in common with the plushier Range Rover. As it’s the case with the latest models from JLR, the high-spec versions will come with a 10.2-inch touchscreen display for the InControl Touch Pro infotainment system.
We checked the prototype’s license plate to find out what sort of an engine was hiding underneath the hood, but there wasn’t any info available in the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), other than the first registration date on July 21 and the fact that it was registered as having an orange paint. But that’s not really an issue seeing as how the new Discovery will use an assortment of four- and six-cylinder engines that power the other members of the JLR family.
If you consider the regular version too soft, rumor has it Land Rover will introduce a rugged SVX derivative next year or in 2018 with a beefier body and more kit for going off road. A laser scanning system could also be offered on the model and it will be capable to scan the road up ahead, analyze the findings, and then send the information to the vehicle’s computers in order to automatically adjust the gearbox and suspension.
Taking into account the prototype had only minimal camouflage, it means a reveal of the regular Discovery is right around the corner. Look for a world premiere at the beginning of October at the Paris Motor Show, with sales to kick off either by the year’s end or early 2017. Official images of the model could be published online in the weeks to come.