The New Age of Discovery

 - Land Rover's Discovery Vision Concept to debut at the 2014 New York International Auto Show

 - New concept showcases the design and technology vision for a future new family of Discovery vehicles

 - Pioneering technology from Jaguar Land Rover's Advanced Research previewed for the first time

 - Land Rover Concept vehicle features "Transparent Hood" virtual imaging technology which is designed as an aid in off-road driving and tight spaces

Discovery Vision Concept: Designing the Future

The Land Rover Discovery has carved an enviable reputation for itself - from deserts, jungles and barren peaks, where its extraordinary capabilities have seen it through the harshest terrains.

From 2015 onwards, the Discovery nameplate will be born by not just a single model but a distinct range of vehicles that symbolize the essence of the premium SUV: modern, versatile, practical and desirable, with the unmistakable DNA of Land Rover at its core. The future Discovery range is set to take on the adventures of life.

The Discovery Vision Concept is a window into the future of Land Rover's new Discovery family. It is a distinctive new interpretation of an iconic nameplate, with a focus on practicality and compelling design that truly resonates with customers and respects the established values of the unique Discovery heritage.

Exterior: Optimized Volume and Proportions, Dramatic Silhouette and Modernity

Though a full-size SUV, the Discovery Vision Concept looks remarkably compact.  This has been achieved through a combination of well-considered design elements such as wrap-around headlamps and tail lamps and the short front and rear overhangs serving to reduce the visual length. The headlamps utilize advanced laser technology to generate incredibly bright, far-reaching beams of light, paired with LED daytime running lights. Slim foglamps are capable of emitting both infrared and colored lasers, which assist in the Laser Terrain Scanning and Laser Referencing functions discussed below.

The prominent Discovery badging is mounted flush with the surface of the hood. The smooth, clean lines of the hood meet the hidden wipers - which are concealed under a flush panel that deploys when they are inactive - and rise quickly over the windshield, towards the panoramic roof.

In side profile, the raised beltline of the Discovery Vision Concept demonstrates the incredible levels of space available inside. The concept has four coach-style doors: the rear doors are hinged at the rear for easier, more spacious entry and exit. The doors are operated by an electronic gesture recognition system. This system eliminates the need for door handles, resulting in clean, beautifully crafted surfaces and flush tight gaps between their interfaces.

The slim, aerodynamic door mirrors have embedded cameras, which augment the view of the driver through the windows, providing an extended field of vision while parking and reversing. Just below the doors, steps on either side automatically deploy to facilitate entry and exit, with LED lighting to illuminate the ground. There are body colored C-pillars, a stepped roof flowing into the alpine windows and a distinctive asymmetrical design element on the rear license plate panel also references its Discovery heritage. The split tailgate has evolved into a flexible new tailgate design incorporating a social seat system in the vehicle's luggage area.

With its optimized volume and proportions, dramatic silhouette and modernity, this concept is a radical re-imagining of the Discovery. Its unique DNA is evident, with the stepped roof, alpine windows, command driving position and stadium seating all working in harmony to create a vehicle that acknowledges its roots as it firmly looks forward.

Interior: Innovating and Versatility Combined

The interior of the Discovery Vision Concept is a dynamic blend of form, color and material, striking in its clean visual simplicity. It has been carefully crafted to deliver spaciousness and an open, airy feel for all occupants, while cocooning them in an environment that feels cozy and secure. Land Rover's design team has created a warm and welcoming interior, crafted in Nimbus white and Navy blue premium leather, open pore grey wood veneer and polished and brushed aluminum finishes. The large glasshouse and panoramic roof let in plenty of light and afford clear views out, while the vehicle's high beltline creates a feeling of security.

The Discovery Vision Concept seats seven adults in comfort, with a 2/3/2 layout in three rows. Every passenger space was designed to offer ample headroom and legroom and access to storage, infotainment and accessories.

Pioneering Technology

The Discovery Vision Concept is equipped with pioneering technology that is being developed by Jaguar Land Rover.
 - Laser headlamps
 - Smart Glass & Passenger HMI
 - Gesture Recognition Control
 - Exceptional All-Terrain Capability
 - Remote Control Drive
 - Laser Terrain Scanning
 - Laser Referencing
 - "Transparent Hood" HUD Video System
 - Terrain Response

Learn more about the New Age of Discovery, and follow the excitement as the story continues to unfold at #ReadyToDiscover.

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