With rumors of an upcoming replacement in the works for the current LR4, Land Rover has released a lone teaser image of the 2017 Discovery ahead of its debut at the Paris Motor Show.
While the lone image does not reveal too much, it does show the Discovery’s front fascia which ditches its upright boxy look in lieu of the more streamlined look seen in recent Land Rover offerings. This change will help improve
its aerodynamics as well as slightly improve its fuel economy figures. The rest of the Discovery is staying under wraps, but Land Rover claims that buyers should expect an outright revolution with this upcoming model versus a mere evolution designed to keep it fresh.
“Land Rover’s design and engineering teams have revolutionized the Discovery DNA to create a highly desirable, extremely versatile, and hugely capable premium SUV,” stated Gary McGovern the head of Land Rover’s design department in an accompanying statement.
The interior of the 2017 Discovery has also not been released, but expect it to retain its seven passenger layout, but also offer buyers the latest in electronic driving aides as well as a heavily revamped infotainment system that is borrowed from its Range Rover badged brandmates.
Look for the 2017 Land Rover Discovery to make its official debut at the Paris Motor Show with more teasers being released as the show draws closer. Pricing and technical information will also be released on its debut, and it will be interesting to see what updates are in store for its V6 and V8 engines and whether a four cylinder engine will be offered.
Following a slew of teaser images, as wells rampant rumors of an ultra luxurious Range Rover variant that was in the gestation phase, Land Rover has formally lifted the veil off of the 2016 Range Rover SVAutobiography which will be the most powerful, luxurious, and expensive mass production SUV that the British SUV maker has ever built.
The exterior styling of the SVAutobiography is based on the long wheelbase variant of the Range Rover, and as a result shares much of the basic styling cues that have already made their debut in other Range Rover variants. However Land Rover designers have given the big ute several minor visual enhancements that help it stand out from the rest of the Range Rover family. These include model exclusive emblems, a new front grille finished in Graphite Atlas and polished chrome accents, as well as a set of quad exhaust pipes. The SVAutobiography will also feature an optional two tone paint job which mates the Santorini Black hued roof with one of nine available exterior colors. While we are not big fans of two tone paint jobs and prefer monotone color schemes, the overall effect is still distinct and can look good when certain colors are paired with the roof (though that cannot be said of the color scheme featured in Land Rover’s photographs.)
However it is the interior of this opulent SUV where the bulk of the changes are found and they certainly allow the SVAutobiography to live up to its status as a flagship vehicle. The knobs, pedals, and dials for example are made out of solid aluminium while acres of leather upholstery cover the dashboard, seats, and door panels. The rear occupants are not left out of the pampering and benefit from a built in drink cooler, twisted pile mohair carpet, power retractable tablet pieces, and solid aluminium coat hooks that are firmly bolted into place on the door pillars. The model’s trump card though is its optional sliding luggage floor which aims to make loading and unloading cargo out of the cavernous rear hatch much easier than before. Made out of aluminium (see a pattern here) and real wood accents, the floor slides out by several inches which allows occupants to have an easier time loading and unloading cargo while also serving as an impromptu base for the rear seats when they are swung out bench style.
Performance for the SVAutobiography comes from a highly modified 5.0 liter supercharged V8 which is good for a solid 550 horsepower and 502 lb-ft of torque. Borrowed from its performance bred sibling the Range Rover Sport SVR, this supercharged beast sends its formidable muscle to all four wheels through an all-wheel drive system and a slick eight speed automatic transmission. Meaty Brembo brakes are also nestled in each wheel and help bring all two tons of luxury SUV to a safe stop from a wide range of speeds though the company did not released any further technical information opting to wait until its official launch date to do so.
Look for the 2016 Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography to go on sale sometime this fall, it will arrive with a base MSRP of $199,495 which excludes the $995 destination charge. However look for fully loaded examples to easily push their way past the $200k mark thanks to optional extras as well as other charges including possible dealer markups.
With rumors of an ultra luxurious Range Rover variant on the horizon, Land Rover has published a lone teaser image that showcases the mysterious Range Rover variant (albeit from above) before its official debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show in April.
Known tentatively by its internal nickname “Bigfoot” the opulent rig will be based on the long wheel base version of the Range Rover SUV and promises to be even more luxurious than the range topping Autobiography model. While the lone teaser image reveals virtually nothing about the model, a low resolution spy shot taken by an alert observer in London does appear to show that the variant will receive a two tone paint job as well as a snazzy set of quad exhaust pipes with an equally slick set of 22-inch wheels rounding out the package. The image also reveals that the SUV was modified by the company’s Special Vehicle Operations team and does fit with rumors of the skunk works division creating a special luxury themed variant.
Performance hardware currently remains unknown at this point, but rumors appear to suggest that the new range topping model will be powered by a tweaked version of the company’s 5.0 liter V8 which already see’s duty in several Jaguar models as well as the performance oriented Range Rover Sport SVR. If this engine is indeed confirmed for this Range Rover model, look for it to produce 550 horsepower as well as 502 lb-ft of torque which should be enough to move this luxury laden beast at speed with shifting duties being dealt to the familiar eight speed automatic transmission.
Look for the super posh Range Rover to make its debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show where it will share the stage with the 380 horsepower Range Rover HST. When it eventually arrives in Land Rover showrooms, it will appear as a 2016 model and boast a base price of $200,000. This lofty figure will make this particular model the most expensive model that Land Rover has ever produced especially since it trumps the $100,000 plus sticker wielded by the Autobiography version.