As the Discovery model is celebrating its 25th birthday, Land Rover is announcing its fifth iteration to debut as a 2016 model. The British luxury SUV was introduced back in 1989, while its third and fourth generations have been marketed in North America as the LR3 and LR4. Needless to say, the LR5 is eagerly awaited by many Land Rover enthusiasts. The 2016 Land Rover Discovery 5 will actually be based on the Discovery Vision concept that was revealed earlier this year at the New York Auto Show. In essence, the Vision concept hints at a massive technological makeover that is expected to make the 2016 LR5 one of the most advanced vehicles in the segment.
2016 Land Rover Discovery 5 Review
The 2016 Land Rover Discovery will share the same aluminum monocoque chassis with the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models. It will retain its seven-seater configuration with the possibility of creating a huge loading space when the seats are folded. The new design boasts a more fluid shape and more dynamic appearance. It seems that the future Discovery will move away from its rugged all-terrain look to embrace a more city-oriented design philosophy. Its recognizable stepped-roof will be toned down a bit, making the LR5 more aerodynamic. As for the interior styling, the fifth-generation Discovery will offer a futuristic experience. A much bigger central touchscreen will dominate the new cabin, with a state of the art head-up display (HUD) surpassing all the conventional HUDs.
The upcoming LR5 will be available with a hybrid system comprising a 2.0-liter Ingenium engine and an electric motor. Its power will be transmitted through an eight-speed automatic gearbox. When it comes to EV-running range, it’s estimated at approximately 10 miles in the city. In any case, the 2016 Land Rover 5 is expected to offer significantly improved fuel economy figures.
As mentioned earlier, the 2016 Land Rover 5 is due to receive some ultra modern technology. Some of the most notable high-tech features will be the new headlights that combine laser diodes and LED running lights. They are expected to increase the illumination range by 984 feet, while at the same time using ten times less space than standard LEDs. The new laser technology could even have the ability of projecting indicator symbols onto the road, providing useful information about the driver’s intentions. Another exotic technology you might expect from the LR5 is the „transparent“ hood. It projects an image of the road under the vehicle onto the hood, helping the driver make right decisions, especially on difficult terrain.
The 2016 Land Rover Discovery 5 is likely to make its debut at one of the major European auto shows during 2015.