They are the latest spy shots of a modele for Land Rover’s new Breakthrough.
The vehicle replaces the aging LR4 and it is expected to go on sale in 2017, as a 2018 model. It will be the 2nd model in Land Rover’s brand new “Discovery” family of vehicles, the first becoming the smaller Discovery Sport launched a year ago.
The Discovery is designed around Property Rover’s aluminum platform currently present in the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport SUVs. Known as the High quality Lightweight Architecture (PLA), the platform will make sure the vehicle is much lighter than the LR4, making it more fuel efficient as well as easier to handle.
2018 Land Rover Discovery spy shots – Picture via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien2018 Land Rover Discovery spy shots – Picture via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
With the smaller sized Discovery Sport going after the CHEVROLLET X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC, the actual Discovery will target the larger X5 and GLE from the German automakers. To stand out from the crowd, the actual Land Rover is expected to include seven seats as standard, combined with the off-road prowess the LR4 is known for.
We can also expect advanced technology such as Land Rover’s transparent cover system, which uses cameras along with a head-up display system to show the actual driver the area just in front of as well as underneath the nose.
It’s also feasible that Land Rover’s laser lens system, previewed on the Discovery Eyesight concept, will be fitted to the new Breakthrough. This is used to scan the road surface area as well as project guide paths to push along, such as when parking within tight spaces. The Discovery Eyesight, incidentally, also previews the design of the new Discovery.
In the engine division, look for a 6-cylinder unit to be the foundation option here in the United States-possibly a new inline-6 based on Jaguar Property Rover’s Ingenium design. In some other markets, it’s likely a second . 0-liter inline-4 will serve as the camp option and there should be a mixed offered too. An 8-speed automated transmission is expected to be regular across the range.
A dedicated off-road product developed by the Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations department is yet a possibility. We’ve heard it may get SVX branding. We’re not anticipating a performance-oriented SVR version from the new Discovery, though.
Considering the insufficient camouflage gear on the latest modele, the debut should take place quickly, possibly as early as September’s 2016 Paris, france auto show.