Land Rover has released the first sneak peek of its new Discovery, which is set to take a bow at this year's Paris Motor Show. The two teasing images offer an eyeful of a dramatic redesign for the four-wheel drive favourite with a sportier, more style-conscious look.
We were expecting just a flash of bonnet or silhouette, as with most new models reveals, but instead the whole front of the new Discovery – which, we presume, will be called Discovery 5 – was shown off.
It reveals a considerable facelift with a less boxy shape than the Discovery 4 and rounder, more Discovery Sport-like bonnet edges to give the fifth iteration of this pastoral vehicle a contemporary look. The new seven-seat Discovery now joins the Evoque and Range Rover models in the style stakes.
The headlights and bumper have been raised with the square lights replaced for a narrow and sculpted set, while the wheel arches have a more muscular and pronounced flare. Fashion-friendly farmers, will be pleased. But will everybody?
It will replace the Discovery 4, which has been winning acclaim – and powering most of Surrey – since it arrived in 2009. However, design and performance is an important factor in Land Rover's message by claiming a combination of 'desirability' and 'unstoppable spirit of adventure'. In essence, that means Land Rover reckons it'll still be able to tackle tough terrain without breaking a nail.
Gerry McGovern, Land Rover's Chief Design Officer, said, "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."
It's expected the new Discovery would also be packed with the latest technology including the possibility of semi-autonomous driving features, which will be rolled out on the 2017 Range Rover models.
If the rest of the Discovery redesign is as dramatic on the back and sides as it is on the front motoring fans will be in for a very interesting unveiling come 28 September 2016 at the Paris Motor Show, where IBTimesUK will be in attendance. Stay tuned.