Land Rover has announced that it is reintroducing the Discovery nameplate for "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 new Discovery line begins with the Discovery Vision Concept.
The Discovery Vision Concept features rear-hinged suicide doors, and all of its doors and its liftgate are opened using gesture controls rather than physically pulling on a latch and opening the door. The Discovery Vision Concept also has smart glass on all windows, which works with sensors that track eye movement to display pertinent information based on what the vehicle's occupants are looking at. There is seating for up to seven and a 10-inch infotainment screen mounted on four of the concept’s seat backs. Another feature is what Land Rover calls a "transparent hood" system, which uses cameras below the grille to project an image onto the windshield of the ground immediately in front of the vehicle.
In keeping with Land Rover's off-roading heritage, the Discovery Vision Concept is equipped with the Terrain Response system, which offers different drive modes for different types of terrain, including snow, ice, grass, mud, water, rocks, tarmac, gravel and more. Additionally, Terrain Response has front-mounted camera sensors that read the terrain ahead and automatically engage the best setting. The Discovery Vision Concept also has a system called Wade Aid, which scans upcoming water bodies with lasers to determine whether they can be safely crossed.
Another feature of the Discovery Vision Concept is Remote Control Drive, which Land Rover says "enables the driver to maneuver the car at very low speed while not actually seated inside it, via the removable secondary rotary on the center console, as well as via a smartphone or tablet." According to Land Rover, Remote Control Drive may be helpful in instances of off-roading where an external position would be better for navigating the vehicle over difficult terrain or when hooking up a trailer.
Land Rover has not yet announced powertrain offerings, or if/when the Discovery Vision Concept might make it to production. The Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept debuted prior the New York auto show next to a full-size replica of the Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Two, the company's first commercial passenger space craft, to symbolize Virgin Galactic's corporate partnership with Land Rover.
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