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2014-04-15 09:31

NEXT DISCO REVEALED: Land Rover’s next Discovery will ditch its boxy design in favour of more curves and lines inspired by the Range Rover Evoque.Image: Newspress


Imagine not seeing your bonnet while you're driving... Land Rover is developing technology that makes the bonnet invisible. Cool! Take a look at the video...

Land Rover showcased the design for its new Discovery and the next-generation tech gadgets they plan to bolt on to it.

Land Rover revealed its Discovery Vision Concept ahead of its official debut at the New York auto show in April. The model shared the limelight with a scale model of the Virgin Galactic spacecraft in Manhattan.

IMAGE GALLERY: 2014 Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept

The Vision Concept previews the design language of the expanding Discovery family.

The concept steps boldly away from the previously boxy but rugged format the Discovery has subscribed to over the years and borrows design cues from its Range Rover Evoque and Sport siblings.

The concept retains a few of the traditional Discovery themes such as the stepped roof and two-part tailgate.


The rear seat layout of the Vision Concept can be manipulated via a touch screen panel, sliding the seats back and forward or folding them flat.

A versatile evolution of the Discovery’s tailgate incorporates a powered, single-piece design; in conjunction with a deployable rear-sill and folding bench seat in the loading area. On its own, the sill-step can also be fitted with a bike/ski-rack.

The materials used in the cabin are washable as well as water and oil resistant. Wood veneer on the floors and instrument panel as well as accessories lined in Harris Tweed help to create a uniquely British feeling within the cabin.


The concept sports technology that Jaguar/Land Rover has in the pipeline for future models, some of it sounding more and more like a Science-Fiction movie.

You’ll be able to make "phone calls" between passengers via the seatback infotainment screens – think of it as in-car Skype. Smart Glass brings augmented reality to life as you’re able to operate basic car functions such as opening doors, indicating and activating the headlights via gesture control.

This sounds cool in theory but to those not inside the car, it’s going to look like you’re constantly swatting invisible flies.

Remote Control Drive will enable you to jump out of the car and manoeuvre the Disco at low speeds. This would be handy for hooking up a trailer or if you’re not sure whether you can navigate past that that massive boulder in front of you. With RCD, you could hop out of your Disco and direct the car from outside.


Land Rover’s Terrain Response system receives some intriguing updates such as the Transparent Bonnet head-up display  that utilises multiple cameras on the windscreen and front bumper to project an unimpeded view of the terrain ahead.

Terrain response is also equipped with Laser Terrain Scanning (LTS) fitted to the foglights that renders a contour map of the scenery ahead. Using the All-Terrain coach guidance system, it can plot the best path to track in order to successfully navigate the terrain.

The same system takes effect when it comes to wading through water, calculating whether the Landy will sink or swim.
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