Land Rover unveils the Discovery Vision Concept in Manhattan, New York on-board the USS Intrepid alongside Virgin’s Galactic spacecraft, ahead of the New York International Auto Show.
The New Discovery Concept showcases the transition to the leisure SUV category while offering a preview of Land Rover’s vision for the range, technology and future model design language.
The Discovery Vision Concept incorporates Land Rover’s new design language whilst giving the Discovery its own presence with a striking C Pillar which gives the car ‘speed’. The front of the Discovery concept has more of familiar face with the Range Rover and Evoque family, the flush door handles and rear suicide doors bring form and elegance to the side profile of the Discovery. At the rear there is roof spoiler for function with wrap around tail lights giving the Discovery a compact and more muscular presence.
Form and function are following each in this concept as the tailgate is a single piece design which can deploy a rear sill step and a folding bench seat in the loading area for easy loading and seating.
The Interior is spacious and versatile by a configurable seating arrangements from a standard seven seat layout to a four seat ‘limousine’ mode all done via the touchscreen in the centre console. The versatility continues in the cabin with washable, water and oil repellent Foglizzo premium leather which can be cleaned in seconds.
The Discovery Vision Concept takes you into the future to see where Land Rover’s vision and all-terrain vehicles will be heading.
Here are the main technological innovations in the Discovery Vision Concept:
Next-generation Human-Machine Interface (HMI)
This multimedia technology gives occupants Gesture Controls for the doors, indicators, headlamps and seatback screens, video calls between passengers through the seatback infotainment screens, Smart Glass bringing the power of augmented reality to the entire glasshouse. Remote Control Drive
This feature allows very low speed manoeuvring of the car while no one is seated in the vehicle which ranges from coupling a trailer to external spotting during extreme off-roading. Laser Headlights
This revolutionary advancement offers greater visibility in all conditions with intelligent object and beam dipping for added driver safety. Transparent Bonnet Heads-up Display
Cameras fitted below the grille paired with a heads up display in the windscreen project the terrain ahead effectively creating a 'see-through' view of the terrain through the bonnet and engine bay, breaking new ground in visual driver assistance. Laser Terrain Scanning
Infrared lasers in the front fog lamps will continuously scan the terrain to render a contour map on the high definition display while All-Terrain Coach guidance charts out a path and assists the driver in navigation.
Laser Wade Aid Sensory
The next generation of Wade Aid sensory system will utilise lasers to measure the depth of the water before the car enters but will inform the driver whether the wading manoeuvre is possible. All Terrain Progress Control
This technology enables semi-autonomous off road driving at a steady speed across varying terrain.
All these technologies reiterate Land Rover’s ethos and all terrain capability regardless of the terrain but bring a new dimension to the future capabilities of Land Rover vehicles and what to expect from the new Discovery in 2015.
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