Land Rover has published the first few images of its all-new Discovery, which will be unveiled in full at the 2016 Paris motor show. The new car will, in Land Rover’s words, offer ‘absolute versatility, capability and technology’.
As the images show, the new Discovery marks the fifth iteration of the seven-seater (albeit across only three body styles), and sits at the top of the non-Range Rover tree in Land Rover’s hierarchy.
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It’s clear from the first two images that the new Discovery will share many of its styling cues with the smaller Discovery Sport, and the Discovery Vision concept revealed at the New York auto show in 2014, with a much curvier profile than the model it replaces.
Unfortunately, both of those cars have a slightly awkward, narrow-bodied appearance that lacks the visual solidity of the current car, so it remains to be seen how the latest Discovery will look out on the roads.
Like those previous Discovery models, the latest car will once again need to pair on-road and off-road abilities in equal measure to maintain Land Rover’s reputation. As such, it’s unsurprising that prototypes have been seen tearing around the Nurburgring Nordschleife.
Engine details should be confirmed in Paris, but the new car is expected to use the 2-litre Ingenium diesel found across the Jaguar Land Rover ranges, and a larger 3-litre V6 like that found in Range Rover models. Petrol units may also be on the cards, including the supercharged V6 currently found in several Jaguar and Range Rover offerings.
More will be revealed when the new Discovery makes its debut at the 2016 Paris motor show on September 28.