Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept previews the ideas that|
are behind the Land Rover Discovery Sport which is due in 2015.
Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept
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- Bold new vision for the New Age of Discovery: Smarter, more connected, more desirable and more capable
- Showcases the modern design language of the future Discovery family.
- Pioneering Jaguar Land Rover research technologies feature, including smart glass, intelligent laser headlamps and
- Previews future Terrain Response system with Remote Control Drive, Laser Terrain Scanning and Transparent Bonnet
- Highly versatile, with innovative fold-and-slide configurable seating system for seven people, deployable event
platform and social bench.
Land Rover has revealed its Discovery Vision Concept SUV at America's New York Motor Show ahead of tomorrow's opening
day. It is a vision of Land Roverís future family of Discovery vehicles, the first model of which is due in 2015. The
concept car previews dynamic new design language and an array of innovative versatility and capability features, while
also showcasing pioneering technologies from Jaguar Land Roverís advanced research division.
With the Discovery poised to transition from a single model to a new family of vehicles which will redefine the
leisure SUV category, the Discovery Vision Concept offers an exciting preview of Land Roverís vision for the range, and
the modern, premium design language of future models.
Phil Popham, Group Marketing Director, Jaguar Land Rover, said: "We announced at the Geneva Motor Show in
March that the Discovery family is set to evolve. And it is apt that in the 25th anniversary year of the original
Discovery that we preview how this evolution will take us forward into a daring new era. The Discovery Vision Concept
gives us the first stunning glimpse into this hugely exciting future."
Designed for the future
The Discovery Vision Concept alludes to its unique lineage with design elements such as the stepped roof and alpine
lights. Far greater attention than ever before has been given to making relevant versatility combined with compelling
design. This is a radical and sharply focused approach to embodying Land Roverís vision of the ultimate leisure SUV.
Gerry McGovern, Design Director and Chief Creative Officer, Land Rover, said: "The Discovery Concept vehicle
represents a Vision of our future family of leisure SUVs. Its modern, relevant and compelling design is a significant
shift from Discovery as we know it, while well considered practicality, configurability and Land Roverís capability
seamlessly blend to create a highly desirable vehicle that connects on an emotional level."
The advanced interior is both spacious and versatile with a whole array of innovative features; this multi-lifestyle
versatility is epitomised by highly reconfigurable seating.
By folding the seats flat or sliding them forward or back, via the touchscreen menu, the vehicle can be converted from
its standard seven-seat lay-out to a six-seat, five-seat or even a four-seat Ďlimousineí mode. Detachable, carry-away
stroller-style luggage is seamlessly integrated into the vehicle doors, while accessories cleverly integrated into the
seatbacks offer high levels of convenience to the passengers seated behind.
A versatile evolution of the Discoveryís tailgate incorporates a powered, single-piece design; in conjunction with a
deployable rear sill step and a folding bench seat in the loading area, it provides a flexible event platform with social
seating for active lifestyles. On its own, the sill step can also be fitted with a bike/ski rack.
The theme of versatility continues with the materials used in the Discovery Vision Concept interior. The cabin is
finished in two innovative types of washable and water- and oil-repellent Foglizzo premium leather that can be cleaned in
seconds. Wood veneer on the floors and instrument panel and bespoke accessories lined in Harris Tweed help to make a warm,
uniquely British feeling of quality and craftsmanship.
Pushing the boundaries through technology
The Discovery Vision Concept offers a window into the advanced research projects which are underway at Jaguar Land
Rover. They illustrate how future Land Rovers could evolve, and the direction of development of technology geared towards
the needs of the customers of the future. These include:
- Next-generation Human-Machine Interface (HMI) technology provides a rich and truly immersive multimedia experience
for all occupants, including video calls between passengers through the seatback infotainment screens, Smart Glass
bringing the power of augmented reality to the entire glasshouse, and various functions, including the doors, indicators,
headlamps and seatback screens, operated by Gesture Control.
- Remote Control Drive enables the driver to manoeuvre the car at very low speed while not actually seated inside it.
Remote Control Drive has various useful applications both on- and off-road, from coupling a trailer, to external spotting
during extreme off-roading.
- Visibility is greatly enhanced in all conditions with the powerful, day-like light of the laser headlamps, which
feature intelligent object tracking and beam-dipping to improve driver safety.†
- Navigating tight gaps is made easy with the visual assistance of Laser Referencing, which utilises visible lasers to
project markings, symbols† and imagery onto ground surfaces.
Dr Wolfgang Epple, Director of Research and Technology, Jaguar Land Rover, said: "The Discovery Vision
Concept demonstrates where Jaguar Land Roverís pioneering technology and great, modern design could take the SUV in
future. It showcases the innovative approach that continues our leadership of the off-road segment. Smarter, more
connected, more desirable and more capable Ė the Land Rovers of tomorrow will be fully and perfectly integrated into
No terrain left unconquered
Advanced technologies under development make their debut on the Discovery Vision Concept, taking SUV capability to the
next level. Land Roverís vision of next-generation Terrain Response is a system that can proactively utilise a variety of
intelligent HMI and capability technologies, giving the driver the confidence to tackle virtually any terrain with ease.
The innovative Transparent Bonnet head-up display system offers an unimpeded view of the ground immediately ahead,
greatly enhancing driver ability and confidence. Cameras fitted below the grille are paired with the Head-Up Display
integrated into the windscreen. While traversing challenging terrain, the imagery can be projected onto the windscreen, so
that it appears as if the vehicleís bonnet is, in effect, transparent.
Laser Terrain Scanning utilises infrared lasers emitted from the front fog-lamps to continuously scan the terrain
being traversed, and renders a contour map on the high-definition instrument cluster display. This mapping can be paired
with the All-Terrain Coach guidance system to chart out a path and assist the driver in navigating it.
Lasers are also used by the next-generation Wade Aid sensory system to measure the depth of water even before the car
enters it, and inform the driver of the feasibility of the intended wading manoeuvre.
All-Terrain Progress Control enables semi-autonomous off-road driving at a steady speed across varying terrain.
Altogether, these technologies ensure that the Discovery Vision Concept not only honours Land Roverís ethos of
all-terrain capability, but takes it to a whole new dimension.
Dr Wolfgang Epple, Director of Research and Technology, Jaguar Land Rover, said: "As a true pioneer, Land
Rover is committed to constantly pushing the boundaries to redefine what SUV capability and versatility is all about. The
Discovery Vision Concept shows the breadth of innovative, intelligent technologies being developed in order to offer our
future customers unprecedented capability across any kind of terrain."