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New age Discovery to hit Paris

POSTED BY Nigel Andretti ON 09 September 2016

LAND Rover has given the world its first glimpse of the all-new Discovery off-roader ahead of its Paris motor show debut later this month.

While more details and images of the Discovery will be slowly revealed in the lead up to its Paris debut, Land Rover chief design officer Gerry McGovern has highlighted the dramatic changes of the new Discovery over the outgoing model.

“New Discovery redefines the large SUV. Land Rover’s design and engineering teams have revolutionised the Discovery DNA to create a highly desirable, extremely versatile and hugely capable premium SUV.”

The Indian-owned British brand has only revealed the front end of the third-generation Discovery, but the images show that it will mark the most dramatic change in the nameplate’s 27-year history.

The bold front-end styling is virtually identical to that of the Discovery Vision concept that was wheeled out at the 2014 New York motor show to preview a new family of Discovery models and variants.

Land Rover’s new look is light years away from the boxy, slab-sided look of all previous generations and the signature squared-off headlight design and rectangular grille have been ditched in favour of a a sleeker and more narrow set of lights and a much thinner grille, GoAuto says.

It has a bulging front bumper that gives the impression that the lights and grille sit higher on the front, while the front side air intakes give a sporty look.

Land Rover has continued the theme it started with the updated version of the existing model by incorporating a Discovery badge above the grille, instead of the old Land Rover badge.

Spy pictures of the Disco testing in Europe reveal that the big seven-seater it will follow previous generations by featuring a stepped roofline , although the new version is far more subtle than the outgoing model.

The spy shots also show that the tail-light design and overall rear-end design will follow the look of the Discovery Vision concept.

Interior spy shots show that the cabin will have a more modern look, with Jaguar Land Rover’s now familiar InControl Touch central screen and pop-up gear shifter

Land Rover is staying quiet for now on mechanicals but it is believed the Discovery will use the Range Rover’s aluminium monocoque underpinnings and is expected to be much lighter than the Disco 4 that weighs up to 2570kg in Australian-spec guise.

Engines are also a secret for now, but expect the Discovery to be powered by some of JLR’s new lightweight Ingenium diesel engines.