Land Rover has unveiled the Discovery Vision concept ahead of this week’s New York Auto Show debut, showcasing the modern design language of the future Discovery family and new technologies like smart glass, intelligent laser headlamps and gesture control.
The seven-seat concept also previews future Terrain Response system with Remote Control Drive, Laser Terrain Scanning and Transparent Bonnet head-up display.
The Vision Concept is the first model of a new Discovery family which is due in 2015. There are no details how big the family is going to be, but our guess is that we are likely talking about three different models. The production model will be toned down quite a bit and it is unlikely the rear hinged rear doors will carry over from the concept.
The interior is just as advanced as the exterior design, featuring highly reconfigurable seating. There is no need for manual pushing/pulling to change the seating layout.
The seats can be folded flat or moved forward or back, via the touchscreen menu, converting it from its standard seven-seat layout to a six-seat, five-seat or even a four-seat ‘limousine’ mode.
There is also a detachable, carry-away stroller-style luggage integrated into the vehicle doors, while the tailgate incorporates a powered, single-piece design; in conjunction with a deployable rear sill step and a folding bench seat in the loading area, creating a flexible event platform with social seating for active lifestyles.
Some of the futuristic technology highlights include video calls between passengers through the seatback infotainment screens, Smart Glass with augmented reality on the entire glasshouse and Gesture control, which allows operating various functions like the doors, indicators, headlamps and seatback screens.
A very nice feature is Remote Control Drive, which enables the driver to manoeuvre the car at very low speed while not actually seated inside it. Perfect for coupling a trailer or during some extreme off-roading.