The 2017 Land Rover Discovery has made an appearance at the Nurburgring.
The updated Land Rover Discovery 5 is still under heavy camouflage, but the British automaker has entered the Nurburgring testing phase, so we should see some layers being shed in the near future. Expected to launch sometime next year, the latest set of spy photos give us a glimpse at the vertical air intakes on the outer sides of the front bumper.
Although we can’t see all the finer details on the new Land Rover Discovery’s exterior, spy photographers managed to get photos of the interior for the first time. It appears that the new Discovery will get a simplified center console design, with focus on the infotainment screen with buttons surrounding it. The climate controls are also separate from the interface.
You can also spot a rotating button that serves as a gear selector, similar to what is found on Jaguar models. Don’t expect to see the big red emergency switches to make their way into the production vehicle, as they’re only used for vehicle prototypes in case it gets in an accident or catches fire – which we have seen happened to other prototypes testing on the Nurburgring.
Expect the new Discovery to shed a lot of weight thanks to a new aluminum platform, while losing some of its boxy design for a more modern appeal. As for powerplants, the British automaker has a wide collection of new engines to choose from, including gasoline, diesel and hybrid powertrains. Rumor has it that Land Rover wants a hot SVR model too.
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