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This is the front of the new Land Rover Discovery
Just the one angle of Disco 5, but it’s clearly come over all Evoque-y. Like it?
Land Rover’s calling this a teaser shot of the new Discovery, but it’s not, because unlike a normal, tedious teaser shot, we can actually see something meaningful. This is the face of the all-new Land Rover Discovery.
Stood next to its ancestors, it’s clear we’ve got a less bluff, more rakish and ‘designer’ look for Disco 5. There’s hints of Evoque, Discovery Sport, and a whole lot more Range Rover going on. In fact, it’s only a set of slimmer door mirrors away from being identical to 2014’s Discovery Vision concept car, as showcased at the New York Motor Show. It’s square-jawed and really rather handsome, but also far crisper and more modern than its predecessor. And that’s a proper TG favourite of a car – a hard act to follow.
Besides trick-looking LED headlights and a stance that appears more Savile Row than Sahara Desert, we know that this Disco’s supported by Land Rover’s aluminium platform, currently in service underpinning the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport. So, there should be a mighty weight saving on the cards versus the current car’s twin-chassis set-up, which is good news for the turbocharged Ingenium engines doubtless employed hauling it along. Land Rover’s also confirmed the Discovery will keep its seven-seat capability.
Over to design boss Gerry McGovern for the soundbite: “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.”
So, what else is likely? The Discovery Vision concept tellingly used an altogether more minimalist cabin, with touchscreens aplenty replacing the chunky switchgear of the venerable Discovery 4. Judging by the front of the production Discovery 5, much of that will carry over to this car, though we’ll find out much more when the car’s other three sides are revealed on 28 September.
In the meantime, do you like what you’re seeing?