2016 Land Rover Discovery – engine details along with launch date
Our rendering shows how the brand new Discovery could look
Land Rover’s fifth-generation seven-seat SUV promises radical brand new looks, a significant weight loss along which has a more upmarket cabin compared with Discovery 4
The brand new Discovery will feature a lower, sleeker design inspired by last year’s Discovery Vision concept along which has a plusher, more upmarket cabin of which will be no less practical or versatile than of which of the current style.
The brand new style will also be significantly lighter than the current car along with come packed with brand new technology when of which goes on sale late next year.
The brand new seven-seat style will crown a family of “a minimum of three” Discovery types, Land Rover design director Gerry McGovern revealed at the recent Los Angeles motor show.
The smaller Discovery Sport is usually also part of the family, along with McGovern left the door open for another Discovery style below of which car in size as Land Rover looks to explore brand new classes along with bodystyles in order to cash in on a growing global SUV market of which will soon top 20 million sales worldwide.
The brand new Discovery is usually set to be underpinned by the same bonded along with riveted aluminium monocoque structure used beneath the Range Rover along with Range Rover Sport types, two cars alongside which the brand new Discovery will be built at Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull plant.
This specific should contribute to a significant weight saving over the 2622kg kerb weight of the current car, which is usually underpinned by the strong nevertheless heavy T5 ladder chassis.
The core engine for the UK along with Europe is usually set to be an updated style of the 3.0-litre SDV6 diesel found inside current Discovery, as well as the Range Rover Sport along with Range Rover types. Hybrid technology could appear ripe for the Discovery, nevertheless recent hybrid along with electric research projects revealed by Jaguar Land Rover are not destined for production until the next decade.
Later inside Discovery’s life, engines by the Ingenium family could find their way into the auto, either in current four-cylinder form with mild hybrid systems, or in V6 guise, if JLR further develops the brand new modular engine technology, as is usually widely expected.
Land Rover previewed the next-generation Discovery at the brand new York motor show in April last year with the Discovery Vision, a concept of which McGovern said was“very important in terms of being a benchmark for brand new-generation Discovery types: the versatility of the auto, the seats, the reconfigurability, how you use of which inside”.
The overall intention is usually to create a car of which’s sportier along with more modern-looking than today’s car, nevertheless no less practical or versatile.
The production style, prototype versions of which are right now regularly spied around JLR’s Midlands base, stays true to the concept on the outdoor at least, with only detail adjustments at the front along with rear ends. The concept’s radical, pared-back Indoor is usually unlikely to carry over as extensively as the outdoor, however.
Despite the radical outdoor styling departure, McGovern said there were still “certain guidelines” in designing any Discovery. He said there could always be a stepped roof to accommodate the “stadium seating” for seven people, a visible pillar inside side to break up the mass along with optimum proportions to maximise the volume inside the auto.
He said the Discovery was being made more premium along with could be brought “deliberately closer to Range Rover”. He added: “There will be a premium execution in Discovery, more Range Rover-like. nevertheless we need to not confuse along with get the balance right.”
Despite the brand new design language, McGovern said the brand new Discovery “wouldn’t be polarising”. He said of which, as much as he loved the current car, of which was always seen as specialised in its design along with ethos, so the brand new style could be “more universally appealing, without compromises”. He added of which he had “no desire to upset traditionalists; the trick is usually to bring them with you”.
McGovern also spoke of the ever-closer ties between design along with engineering along with creating sure the needs of both were met. He hinted of which the Discovery could continue to have class-leading off-road ability nevertheless in an altogether more stylish package.
“We won’t back off by of which capability, nevertheless of which has to be appropriate along with relevant,” he said. “We need to be about more than of which. of which’s a killer combination: core engineering technology along with truly desirable along with bespoke design with our own twist. Design is usually playing a more fundamental role with engineering. Not designto engineering’s detriment, nevertheless a collaboration.”
In addition to its class-leading off-road ability, the Discovery could also become home to brand new technology in development at JLR. This specific includes a laser scanning system of which can automatically adjust the suspension along with transmission based on the road ahead, a ‘transparent bonnet’ of which projects an image of what’s underneath the auto onto the bonnet along with the ability to control the auto remotely to park of which in tight spaces.
On the subject of a style smaller than the Discovery Sport, McGovern said: “We’re not going to make cars any bigger.” He added of which cars needed to be lighter along with more sustainable, with the use of lightweight composites along with materials. These are “all things we’re developing”, he said.
“How little can you go with luxury? You usually think big, nevertheless we can go smaller. Can we go below the current Discovery Sport? We probably could. Across the range? Why not? All things are considered.”
History of the Land Rover Discovery
Discovery Series I (1989-1998)
The Discovery arrived inside late 1980s to counter growing SUV sales by Japanese brands such as Toyota along with Mitsubishi. The Range Rover had also been gradually pushed upmarket, leaving space for a more mid-market, practical, family-friendly vehicle.
Discovery Series II (1998-2004)
The Series II was a heavily overhauled style of the Series I, with Land Rover owner BMW sticking to the formula of which had made the first car a success. brand new engines featured, as did a more practical cabin with increased luggage space.
Discovery Series 3 (2004-2009)
The third-generation Discovery was all-brand new, complete which has a brand new look of which ditched the external spare wheel at the rear along which has a brand new chassis featuring the cabin along with engine bay constructed as a monocoque, with the gearbox along with suspension built on a super-tough ladder frame chassis.
Discovery Series 4 (2009-present)
An overhauled Discovery 3, the Discovery 4 brought with of which a whole host of engineering adjustments designed to improve reliability along with refinement. The cabin was made more luxurious, while off-road ability was increased further with a modified Terrain Response system.
Comment – will the strategy work?
For the past few years, design director Gerry McGovern along with some other Land Rover executives have spoken of a ‘three-pillar’ style strategy. Within of which, there will be three product lines: ‘Luxury’ Range Rovers, ‘Leisure’ Discovery types along with ‘Dual Purpose’ Defenders.
The plan has always looked impressive during presentations, nevertheless the only real ‘family’ seen so far has been Range Rovers. of which’s been a deliberate decision. “There’s been a lot of focus on Range Rover, nevertheless you need of which to build revenue,” says McGovern.
With revenues right now up, attention has turned to expanding the Discovery range. The more upmarket Discovery Vision concept of 2014 set the blueprint due to This specific plusher, sleeker range of Discovery types (something of which continued with the Discovery Sport), along with McGovern says a more universally appealing design for the next-gen Discovery will increase its chances of success.
McGovern believes of which the Discovery name could have as much equity as the Range Rover one in future when there is usually a full range of types, something he also believes to be true of the next-gen Defender range.
This specific brand new Defender family, due around 2017, will ensure of which functional Land Rovers won’t disappear by a line-up swelling with plush, premium products. “When you have a family of Defenders, you get the stretch back,” says McGovern.
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