There’s no shortage of test mules and prototypes testing in camo, but this is the first time we see the dashboard of the all-new Discovery.
Hard to believe that this is going to be only the third generation of Land Rover’s mid-size 4×4, isn’t it?
And yet, the current Discovery, that was rebadged the LR3 in the US, dates back to 2004, and the LR4 is just a heavy update. Now, though, we’re talking about a brand new model built from the ground up.
The bodywork design is, naturally, sportier in with the rest of the brand’s SUVs, yet the Achilles feet of the LR4 was its interior that was oh-so-early 2000s. For the 2017MY that will be launched this year, the only thing that’s been retained in the cabin is the seven-seat layout.
The dashboard has been totally redesigned. Gone are the round air vents, replaced by horizontal ones, the button layout has been simplified though there’s still a rotary control for the auto gearbox. Better quality materials will surely be trumpeted by Land Rover, but from the images we can’t say we’re impressed with details such as the heating controls.
Scheduled for launch within the year, it will ditch the LR4 nameplate and be available worldwide as the Discovery – yes, in the States too – to keep in line with the rest of Land Rovers even more.
An aluminum platform will help shave around 100 kg of weight and some of the new in-house developed Ingenium petrol and diesel engine will be picked to power the British SUV. A hot SVR, to unnerve the AMG and M-bvadged competition along with an even more off-road oriented SVX and a hybrid will be part of the range, too.
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