Update1 – Land Rover Discovery Concept Previews 2016 LR4 Discovery and 2015 LR2 Disco Sport
The sternness of the original article here (below) seems like overkill in the face of perhaps the best-ever set of new Range Rovers from JLR in the past year. The firm is moving quickly and has eager buyers lining up for every new model it releases.
This strategy is set to continue for at least the next three years, during which time we will see the replacement for the LR2 Freelander first. Renamed the Discovery Sport, the LR2 badge will go away and it will wear this styling almost intact. Even the rear light bar in the spoiler is present and accounted-for in the camouflaged mules running around the UK recently. We predict January arrival of the complete DIscovery Sport to market – with USA sales by perhaps April 2015.
The Discovery proper will come afterwards, perhaps as soon as a 2016 model next summer.
That is the model we are looking at today in the Discovery Vision Concept. This car has the scale and size of the seven-seat Discovery, and looks darn sexy from most angles.
Yes, there is a strong ex-family resemblance to the Ford Explorer – which will do the car no favors when it arrives with $50,000-plus pricing.
But the new RRS-based chassis will knock 1000 pounds of weight from the big girl in one feel swoop.It will also allow for the latest Hybrid drivetrains and even a LWB model possible of each the Disco and Disco Sport. The smaller, longer car would be a huge seller in China.
Here are the latest photos of the Discovery Vision Concept in New York and Beijing.
2014 Land Rover Discovery Concept
Original Article below.
The Discovery LR4 replacement is five years late, and still (at least) two years from even hitting the US market as a likely 2016 model. It is hard to be bullish on such a foolish folly.
Jaguar Land Rover gets so excited about every new design… that it becomes hard to keep a lid on all the news. It boiled over on this Discovery Concept in a similar way as the Jaguar CX-17 (SUV) from Frankfurt, but this time: at least Land Rover followed up with a full release.
The trouble-some scenario for the Jaguar leak actually being credible news was that it was unconfirmed for five days — simply vying for attention along with the hundreds of other renderings that were circulating of the machine. Therefore, most respectable places could not even write about the singular leaked image.
This Discovery concept is official and officially big news… but mostly because the current model is ancient. Ancient.
Painted bumpers and new headlights do nothing to help it seem competitive in 2014’s seven-seater market. One that starts in 2014 with the Mitsubishi Outlander and Nissan Rogue from $22,000, mind you.
2002 debut is absolutely shameful — but not nearly as bad as the 1998 origins of the unwanted Freelander LR2 that is still being foisted on US shoppers.
For unknown reasons, the LR2 is still popular in the UK. Mostly on its cheap price, mind you, versus the Evoque. The Evoque is nice, but is not much car-per-dollar once you do that math and sit inside for a little while. It is tiny tiny tiny.
The new Discovery therefore cannot arrive a moment too soon. Sales of the LR4 in the United States basically ceased altogether once the seven-seat Range Rover Sport started arriving en masse.
Land Rover critics often cite the model”s worst-in-the-business reliability and build quality, but it is actually just simple bad dynamics and competitors who are on their third generation of cars since the Discovery II came out in the early 2000s.
Only a fool would keep trying to maintain a Discovery’s wheels-down stance in the face of its woeful body control, rough ride, and poor handling. A bad combination to be sure, especially as moms everywhere will no longer accept body-on-frame limitations.
A thirst for fuel like nothing this side of a tanker trailer does not help, nor the yester-tech cabin. All things that can and should be improved dramatically via the eventual LR4 Discovery replacement.
LAND ROVER UNVEILS PIONEERING DISCOVERY VISION CONCEPT15/04/14
Bold new vision for the New Age of Discovery: Smarter, more connected, more desirable and more capable