Land Rover Austin is here to bring you some spy shots of the all new 2018 Discovery prototype! This Discovery will soon be replacing the infamous LR4, and is expected to go on sale sometime in 2017 as a 2018 model. It has been chosen to be the second model in Land Rover’s new Discovery family of vehicles, with the first being the smaller Discovery Sport launched last year.
The prototype is designed around Land Rover’s aluminum platform currently found in the Range Rover as well as the Range Rover Sport. Known as the Premium Lightweight Architecture (PLA), the platform will ensure that the vehicle is much lighter than the LR4, making it more fuel efficient and much easier to handle.
Advanced technologies such as Land Rover’s transparent hood system, which uses cameras and a head-up display system to show the driver the area just in front of and underneath the nose will also be implemented in the new Discovery. Possibly making the list of amenities is the laser headlight system, which is used to scan the road surface as well as project guide paths to drive along, such as when parking in tight spaces.
There will most likely be a six-cylinder engine under the hood, possibly a new in-line six based on JLR’s Ingenium design. An eight-speed automatic transmission will most likely be standard, and the Discovery will include the seven-seater option, plus the off-road capability the current LR4 is renowned for.