Development of Land Rover’s replacement for the aging LR4 is almost complete.
The vehicle, which will be known as a Discovery, the name the LR4 uses overseas, will likely debut in September at the 2016 Paris Auto Show.
Here we see one of the more advanced prototypes being wrung out on the Nürburgring. It appears to not only be quick but also very stable.
Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept – 2014 New York Auto Show
That shouldn’t come as much of a surprise as the vehicle’s platform is the familiar Premium Lightweight Architecture (PLA) design underpinning the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, including the brilliant Range Rover Sport SVR which was extensively tested on the ‘Ring.
Under the hood is expected to be a 6-cylinder engine—possibly a new inline-6 based on Jaguar Land Rover’s existing 4-cylinder design. A hybrid model of some sort is also expected, while in other markets buyers should be able to opt for a 4-cylinder engine. The sole transmission should be an 8-speed automatic.
Inspiration for the styling comes from Land Rover’s Discovery Vision concept (shown above) unveiled in 2014.