New Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept: details and pics

15 Apr, 2014 1:34pm Steve Fowler

New three-model Land Rover Discovery range previewed by Discovery Vision Concept at New York Motor Show 2014

Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept: exterior design

Next to each other, the old and new Discovery models look very different, but there are clear links: the stepped roof that hints at the stadium-style seating inside and the asymmetrical number plate indent that references the old tailgate.

New design features are set to become just as iconic, though, with the car following McGovern’s mantra that every line has to have a purpose. “The reverse C-pillar gives the car its speed,” he said. “We’ve produced a very dramatic, distinctive silhouette that’s very premium, but with a visual robustness. It has more modernity with flush glazing and smooth surfaces, while the rear spoiler gives visual balance to the roof.

“The car hides its size well – as with the Range Rover, we’ve used visual trickery, with lamps that wrap around to make the car look compact and a higher butt to make it look athletic.” At the back, a single-piece tailgate replaces the current car’s split doors. 

Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept side

“This delivered the design we wanted, but also gave us a lower load height and wider ingress – it’s more volumous than before,” explained McGovern. A clever slide-out section does the job of the old lower tailgate as somewhere to sit, and it can be reconfigured as a bike rack.

The concept features Rolls-Royce-style rear-hinged back doors to provide a great view of the interior – all opened via gesture control. But could that feature make it into production? “I’m a big fan of the ’61 Lincoln – as is Ratan Tata
– so you never know…” said McGovern.

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While there’s no mention of what’s under the bonnet of the Vision Concept – we can expect the new range of Ingenium engines and hybrid technology to feature in production cars – the cabin tech is a big part of the story. “It’s as much about the inside as the outside,” explained McGovern. “In some respects, the car’s designed from the inside out.

“The vertical section of the dash pays homage to the Discovery, with the vertical dominant over the horizontal, unlike the Range Rover. It’s reductive inside, but there’s lots of detail and design – an incredible ambience. It’s very light and airy. The interior is an exercise in versatility, with the three rows of seats totally reconfigurable.”

Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept: interior design

All five rear chairs in the Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept are controlled via the dash’s large touchscreen, with bases that flip up theatre-style to slide forward, or fold flat to create tables. “We did the third-row seats in a different colour, as they’re the first-class seats. You can fold the others out of the way to produce space like in a limo – that’s important.”

Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept dash

Even the leather is super-advanced. Called Foglizzo H20, it’s washable and totally oil and water-repellent. And, of course, there’s a full-length panoramic roof that features gentle lighting. Practicality remains a Discovery strong point, with wheeled bags fitted in the doors and even a modern take on the curry hook. The lower touchscreen flips up to reveal more storage and wireless smartphone charging. Gesture control plays a big part, using motion sensors to switch on lights and indicators, and activate the rotary gearshift.


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That looks s***, hate what is happening to one of my favourite car brands. The glitz is ruining them for me. Sounds like they haven't even sorted out reliability with the new Range Rovers... see suspension knocking noises + L405. This just looks like someone has shoved a straw up an Evoque's a*** and blown really hard. Missed opportunity. Oh, it'll sell, because people will buy them as a bit of flash around the world. But part of me wishes it would not.

Brilliant just brilliant .Makes the German lot look what they always have 2 nd rate . they just want to be in a power struggle with themselves,with this new L R its the way forward. its interior is a master stroke.PLUS when its made it will go anywhere rather than blocking Sainsbury car parking lots which seems to be case with Audi & BMW.When was the last time a Q 5 was seen up to its wading height in mud and water . Sorry it might get dirty that,s why Porsches attempt is also a poor alternative . Go L R you know what your doing even though many doubters are knocking this latest LR. Like to hear their comment when L R will say its on a years waiting if your lucky

Looks good. I'm not sure about gesture control though; never had a bumble bee in the car? That could be fun or it could not.

LR have turned to penny-pinching ebrochures on their website now. Their attitude being if you want a brochure made out of paper, ask a dealer. I asked my dealer, who after what seemed like an eternity and left me feeling as if I'd asked for half an hour in bed with his wife, finally handed over a rather scruffy 2013 model year brochure. Sorry LR, you've just lost a customer with your penny-pinching ways.Bring back paper brochures on your website so those of us who prefer them can order them without hassle!

I don't get it. What's the difference between Land Rover and Range Rover these days? Price?

I went to my local Toyota dealer for a chat about a GT86. He said certainly, and asked me for my email address. I asked for a proper brochure, and he told me that they didn't carry them anymore?
Perhaps he thought I wasn't worthy? Regardless, I'll be off to my local Subaru dealer to talk BRZ - too bad Toyota.

Hurrah! The new Ford Explorer is finally here!!!

Looks like L R have bought some old SAAB designs.

Again similar design, not special at all. LR designers should have done a better job with this concept, looks far to much RR and RR Sport. Nice car for the Beckhams...., that says it all.

Toyota brochures are available to order online in paper form, they certainly do still do them. Dealers are terrible to ask for brochures from, you get the third degree. If ordering online for paper brochures, make up a false email address and put 00000000000 as your fone number, they still post out, and they can't get in touch with you then either. Or, pay a couple of quid for one off ebay!No hassles, no annoying follow-up emails or calls etc.

now we know what happens when an Evoke and a randy RR sport are left in a barn overnight. Now we will be too afraid to go off road incase we scratch the bodywork. No longer a true Range Rover

Beckhams = Cadillac Escalade.

Good stuff, I really like the way these cars are going. The small minded folk won't get it, but these are a step ahead. Brilliant.

And your issue is, Most manufactures do not carry paper brochures anymore, I cant see what your issue, is, you can view what you want on your computer, when you want, you dont have to go to a dealer to be harassed or pushed towards talking about a car until you are ready, it save money yes, also it saves paper, because 99.9% of people just bin them, and I for one prefer to have it online, like the majority of people do.

And when your ready you can go to the dealer fully armed with all the info and not have to be bullied into anything you dont want.

Well that's ok then, as it is not Range Rover, don't you know the difference, or does someone need to show you a Range Rover and a Discovery ? because if you cant tell the difference, then you really need to pop along to Specsavers.

I just love these people that see a bandwagon and jump on to make them feel part of something.

This is the new D4, the new face of Discovery and Freelander (D2) with all new legislation, and differing laws around the world, cars are being built the same, they have to be if they want to sell on some places.

I like this car a great deal, and cant wait to try it out, OFF ROAD, where it will, as always, excel.

I agree, the car will still be a Discovery, like the MK1 or MK4, it will still go through mud, water and massive hills, better than everything else, and now it has the looks to definitely beat the opposition.

Most here do not understand that ALL concepts have things on to make you smile, but will never get to the real thing, but saying that, I am sure these people, if they were around way back when, would say the same at Seat Belts, ABS, Airbags, Auto gearboxes, and more, it's best to ignore them, they wont go away, but with each post they make, they make themselves look far more dumb.

I do know the difference, as I own one! My comment was aimed at the whole family of Land Rover, including discos, sportys, freelanders, etc. This new model is a mix of porche, bmw, quashqui or whatever it is called, in other words, no identity, no style and does not look as if anyone would want to take it off road. A matter of choice, but as this comment column is for people to voice their opinions, your attitude hardly fits, arrogance and ignorance has no place here.

HAH, you are funny, and not in a good way, Ignorant, nah, I am far from Ignorant, especially where JLR are concerned, I have forgotten more about the history of these companies than most ever know, as for arrogant, maybe, but then, if comments like yours were not so stupid, I would not feel the need to be so

Have a very good evening

It aint a Ranger, you do realise that dont ya ?

It is a new Discovery Vision Concept, with a number of styling cues from the current and previous LR4/Disco generations !

please note; it is you are or you're, not your! a pity that these pages have slipped into bad mouthing instead of the intelligent comments we have become used to. Perhaps a note to the Editor will sort this out, such a pity to lose so good an article just because a couple of posters think they are writing on some childish social website

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Please note, that just because you have a Doctorate, does not preclude you from being totally and utterly rude, "lets all go and call teh teacher to try and get the thread removed", well lets hope so, because Your Ignorance is very much to the fore.

Seems like he would rather pick holes in peoples grammer, rather than actually admit he was wrong, never mind, he obviously has ideals of Grandeur

You haven't been reading this website for long, I can tell.

Nissan, chevrolet and mitsubishi are the minority of online brochures only. All other manufacturers give you the option to order them. It is very inconvenient only having ebrochures - check out the amount of people buying them off ebay who are collectors the world over. My gripe is, you should be allowed the choice. I was told by land rover uk to ask dealer for a brochure, they will be happy to supply, so i have emailed every dealer asking for one - less than 25% have actually responded.......figures which i will pass on to LR UK and see the outcome.

7 seats but without luggage compartment? A car in which you can't carry any luggage? Where am I supposed to carry my bags? on my knees? Without luggage compartment? Are you sure this is a car?

I beleave Landrover is taking the lead in suv technolgy