Earlier this year, Land Rover launched the Discovery Sport and turned its famous Discovery full-size SUV into a two model line-up. Now, the British automaker is working on an all-new generation of the Discovery, as seen in these spy shots of a heavily camouflaged prototype.
The existing Discovery will be replaced sometime next year with the fifth-generation model that has been previewed in the form of the Discovery Vision concept.
This forthcoming new generation of the Discovery will be built using Land Rover’s new aluminium platform that currently underpins the regular Range Rover and the Range Rover Sport. The lightweight new platform will allow for a significant amount of weight saving over the existing Discovery which is one of the heaviest vehicles in the market.
As for the engine options, base-spec versions of the new Discovery will be powered by four or six cylinder engine options, depending on the market. The SUV will also have a hybrid option as well as Land Rover’s new Ingenium engine range.
While the smaller Discovery Sport can be seen competing with the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5, this new generation of the Discovery will take on the BMW X5 and the Mercedes-Benz GLE.