- Dramatic unveiling aboard USS Enterprise in NYC
- Announcement of partnership with Virgin Galactic
- New Discovery/LR4 seen for the first time
- Larger than current LR4
- Rugged good looks
- Masses of technology
If you're one of our 1.4-million FaceBook friends then we don't need to tell you that Land Rover dramatically unveiled its Vision concept for the next Discover/LR4 vehicle in New York last night.
We were among the fortunate few to be present on the deck of the USS Enterprise for the event, which also included a the announcement of a new partnership with the Virgin Galactic spacecraft.
Amid a spectacular light show, we ascended the ship from the aircraft elevator, reaching the deck where the concept vehicle was parked adjacent to the reusable spacecraft.
Finished in a bright silver, the Vision concept is a clear indication of the next-gen LR4. Yet it stands bigger than the current model and is certainly more imposing.
Under the bright lights, the vehicles rugged off-road credentials came through. It retains the distinct raised rear roof section with its upper glass sections that have characterized every Discovery model. The front-end owes more to the new Range Rover and Sport models. Its short overhangs and raised body will help it maintain its impressive off-road credentials. However, it's the technology inside that will surprise.
We cover the highlights HERE and they include gesture control for door opening, which explains the lack of door handles on the concept.
It also uses undercar cameras and a full-width heads-up display to create what's being called the Transparent Hood. See the full story HERE.
Other highlights include LED and laser lighting, with the latter also able to map the terrain and create warning signs on the road surface. The Smart Glass in the car can be tinted on demand or display images from the car's infotaintment system.
Another neat trick is the removable remote control unit that allows the driver to exit the vehicle to drive it through difficult terrain or multiple gates, etc.
Although stylized, the Vision concept gives a very clear indication of the new Discovery/LR4 vehicle, which should be in Land Rover dealerships within 18-24 months.
Supplementary Photos by Land Rover