A quarter of a century has elapsed since the Land Rover Discovery was first launched and the world renowned, hard core off-roader has carved a bulletproof reputation for itself. The Discovery’s ability to go anywhere regardless of terrain type is the benchmark that all SUV manufacturers use for their off-roaders.
The Discovery Vision Concept is a peek into the future of Land Rover's new family of leisure vehicles. The car incorporates design elements such as wrap-around headlamps and tail lamps, a high belt line and short overhangs to reduce visual length. The headlamps utilise advanced laser technology to generate incredibly bright, far-reaching beams of light, paired with LED daytime running lights. Slim foglamps on either side of the prominent underbody shield are capable of emitting both infrared and coloured lasers, which assist in the Laser Terrain Scanning and Laser Referencing functions.
There are also features to increase convenience and safety for passengers such as sill steps on either side just below the doors that automatically deploy to facilitate occupants' entry and exit, with LED lighting to illuminate the ground being stepped onto and a gesture controlled, electrically powered, single-piece tailgate which is paired with an event platform that electrically deploys from within the rear bumper.
Safety wise, the Discovery Vision Concept has features like rear view wing mirrors that have cameras embedded within them to augment the view of the driver through the windows and provide an extended field of vision while parking and reversing. The steering wheel incorporates two small OLED touchscreens to operate the infotainment system and the turn signals and headlamp functions operated by gesture control. The instrument cluster also features a high definition screen.
In the centre console, the lower touchscreen flips up to reveal an induction pad for wireless charging of smartphones. Also, a rotary switch that controls Terrain Response, Tow Assist and such features can actually be detached and taken out of the vehicle to operate the ultra cool and ultra futuristic Remote Control Drive. This feature enables the driver to manoeuvre the car at very low speed while not actually seated inside it. This is very useful in scenarios like extreme off-roading, where it is sometimes safer and easier to inch the vehicle over obstacles from an outside vantage point. The car also has the unique Transparent Bonnet system, which we have reported earlier.