2018 Land Rover Discovery/Discovery Sport in Paris Debut

By Bob Nagy on September 6, 2016 10:15 AM

Later this month on the eve of the Paris Auto Show, Land Rover will unveil its all-new Land Rover Discovery family of luxury SUVs. While few technical details on the fifth-generation Discovery and Discovery Sport accompanied the preview image, the automaker said both will offer seating for seven and “redefine the large SUV”.

Land Rover Chief Design Officer, Gerry McGovern says the development teams have “revolutionized the Discovery DNA to create a highly desirable, extremely versatile and hugely capable premium SUV.” Even at a glance, it’s clear the face of this next-gen Discovery bears a strong resemblance to the Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept shown at the 2014 New York Auto Show. Based on statements McGovern made at that time as well as disguised prototypes spotted testing in Europe, there’s good reason to expect the rest of the new Discovery production package will embody a number of parallels introduced in that one-off.

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Set to arrive here in mid-2017, the new Discovery and Discovery Sport are rumored to share a good deal of their lightweight aluminum structure with the larger Range Rover/Range Rover Sport and are almost certain to offer advanced infotainment, safety and driver assist technology. The Discovery Vision Concept pushed the existing limits of Land Rover’s formidable go-anywhere proficiency with advances like a Laser Terrain Scanning/Referencing system and Remote Control Drive capability along with a more sophisticated take on the signature Terrain Response system. How much, if any, of that will make it to the showroom remains to be seen, but we’ll know more in a few weeks.

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