Spied: 2017 Land Rover Discovery

Spied: 2017 Land Rover Discovery

Our spy photographers have just sent us the first images of Land Rover’s next-generation Discovery SUV. The new Disco will replace the current Land Rover LR4 in the United States.

The next-gen Discover will ditch the body-on-frame construction of the current LR4 for an aluminum monocoque used under the latest Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models. That should trim a significant amount of weight from the SUV’s waistline, boosting the Discover’s overall performance and fuel economy.

To that new chassis Land Rover will bolt a more stylish exterior inspired by the smaller Discovery Sport. That sleeker styling should help the seven-passenger Discover compete against the likes of the BMW X5 and Audi Q7.

But don’t let that city slicker styling fool you — the Discovery will be a rough and rugged SUV designed to uphold the Land Rover name. To that end, the new Disco will feature a go-anywhere four-wheel drive system and even the “transparent bonnet” tech — which uses under-body cameras and the SUV’s head-up display to project what’s underneath the hood on the vehicle’s windshield — that was first shown on the Discover Vision concept.

The Discovery will initially be powered by Land Rover’s familiar supercharged V6. However, a hybrid is option is said to be in the works. That system would use a 2.0L four-cylinder along with an electric motor integrated into the SUV’s eight-speed automatic transmission. The hybrid Discover should be good for about 20 gas-free miles.

Look for the all-new Land Rover Discovery to make its auto show debut sometime in 2016.

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