Land Rover says the all-new Discovery will switch from a single model to a new family of vehicles and, as you can see, this is a radical departure for the Discovery and includes an interesting C-pillar design which has some cues from the Ford Territory and Mercedes-Benz ML.
The new concept arrives in the year celebrating the Discovery’s 25th anniversary and as you’d expect from the world’s leading SUV brand, there are multiple new technologies including Laser terrain Scanning and Transparent Bonnet head-up display, terrain response with Remote Control Drive, gesture control, intelligent laser headlights and smart glass.
Inside there are lots of smart features including a four, five, six or seven-seat layout which can be altered electronically via the touchscreen menu. Trim is Foflizzo premium leather, there’s wood veneer in the floors and instrument panel and Harris Tweed accessories provide a genuine British touch.
And the tailgate is a one-piece design but the sill includes a fold-out seat for picnics or watching sporting events (very handy in the ‘Birdcage’ at the Melbourne Cup!). The same equipment can be converted into a bike or ski rack.
Of the technologies, Remote Control Drive sounds intriguing. It allows the driver to maneuver his land Rover Discovery at very low speeds while not actually being seated in the car. Think coupling a trailer and you’ll understand the smart thinking.