As you may know already, Land Rover will debut the Discovery Vision Concept at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. Today, Land Rover revealed the fact that the new concept will also mark the debut of the see-through bonnet, which uses augmented reality technology in order to give the driver a proper view of the road.
This means that the front of the car is virtually invisible. How does this work? Using cameras that are located in the vehicle’s front grille that captures data in order to feed a Head-Up Display. In this way, the system creates a ‘see-through’ view of the terrain through the bonnet and engine bay.
Dubbed Transparent Bonnet, the new technology promises to take Land Rover’s capability to the next level and enables the driver to climb a steep incline and see not only the terrain in the front of the car but also the angle and position of the front wheels.
According to Dr. Wolfgang Apple a.k.a. Director of Research and Technology for Jaguar Land Rover, this technology can also be useful in urban areas.
The new Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept will be revealed on 16th of April and as expected, it previews a design vision for a future family of premium SUVs. Land Rover is preparing a smaller model to replace the current Freelander, which will use a stretched version of the Evoque’s platform. Meanwhile, a bigger Discovery 5 will get the same platform used by the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models.
The tailgate of the new Discovery has been evolved in a manner that it integrates a single-piece and powered design. Then there is the loading area and its folding bench seat plus the deployable sill step in the rear.
All of these give the Discovery Vision Concept a flexible event that comes with social seating for active lifestyles. On its own though, it is possible to fit a bike, or a ski rack, on the sill step. This theme of versatility is continued on the materials used for the model’s interior. The Discovery Vision Concept’s cutting-edge interior is not just versatile but also spacious.
There is also a wide range of innovative features inside. The multi-lifestyle versatility though is best symbolized by the vehicle’s highly reconfigurable seating. The seats can be slid forward or backward or even folded flat through the touchscreen menu.
With this, the Discovery Vision Concept can change from its standard seven-seat configuration to a five-seat or four-seat version. It even has the four-seat “limousine” mode.
On the doors, the stroller-style carry-away detachable luggage has been integrated in a seamless manner. Meanwhile there are accessories which are smartly integrated to the seatbacks and are thus able to offer to the passengers seats behind it high levels of convenience. Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer Gerry McGovern said that the Discovery Concept represents the brand’s future Vision when it comes to leisure SUVs.
The design is compelling, relevant, and more contemporary, he added, which reveals a significant change from the Discovery that many people are familiar with. He continued by saying that the brand also considered not only configurability and practicality.
McGovern said further that the brand also looked into the capability of the Land Rover. He shared that these are all combined seamlessly to result in a model that is desirable and able to connect on an emotional level.