Land Rover is preparing something new for as at the 2014 New York International Auto Show, a bold new concept car that previews the new family of Discovery vehicles. Dubbed Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept, the new vehicle promises to showcase the essence of a future family of SUVs built on company’s key principles of emotive design, unrivalled capability and ultimate versatility.
According to the official press release, these principles were taken to new levels using new customer-focused advanced technology. Back in March at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, Land Rover officially confirmed that its Discovery model will grow into a new family of vehicles from 2015.
We currently know that the smaller model will actually replace the current Freelander and will be based on a stretched version of Range Rover Evoque’s platform. The bigger Discovery 5 will use the same platform as the Range Rover and the Range Rover Sport. As expected, the Discovery 5 will be offered in a seven-seat configuration.
Gerry McGovern, Design Director and Chief Creative Officer for Land Rover commented: "Discovery has been pivotal in helping to build the foundations of the Land Rover brand. It is admired all over the world and loved by its strong customer base. We have created the Vision Concept to share the essence of Land Rover's new age of Discovery and to debut a new, compelling, relevant design direction that connects on an emotional level with customers of today and tomorrow."
Land Rover’s Design Director and Chief Creative Officer, Gerry McGovern, remarked that the new Discovery Concept vehicle embodies a Vision of the carmaker’s future family of leisure sports utility vehicles. He noted that the modern and compelling design of the Discovery Concept represents a dramatic shift from the usual design of the Discovery. He called the Discovery Concept vehicle as a highly desirable vehicle that links on an emotional level, thanks to the fact that it was developed by taking practicality, configurability and capability into consideration.
Inside, the new Discovery Concept is provided with an advanced, spacious and versatile cabin loaded with a host of innovative features like its highly reconfigurable seating. Through the touchscreen menu, the seats could be folded flat or slid forward/back, thereby converting the Discovery Concept from a seven-seat vehicle, to six-seat or five-seat model. Furthermore, a four-seat 'limousine' configuration could be achieved. The doors feature detachable, carry-away stroller-style luggage while the seatbacks come with cleverly integrated accessories for added convenience.
The concept is gifted with a versatile version of the Discovery's tailgate. Featuring a powered, single-piece design, this tailgate -- in conjunction with a folding bench seat in the loading area and a deployable rear sill step – provides a flexible event platform with social seating. In addition, a bike/ski rack could be installed on the sill step.