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Report: Land Rover to build an off-road variant to the new growing Discovery line

Land Rover announced that they’ll be making a series of models with the Discovery nameplate to succeed models like the outgoing LR4/Discovery 4 and the LR2/Freelander when they revealed the all-new Discovery Vision Concept at the New York International Auto Show recently. However, if you thought that Land Rover may have diluted the off-road prowess of the Discovery too much, Land Rover just might have something in store for you.

Off-roaders tend to favor classic body-on-frame constructions, which they find to be more durable and easier to repair. This is why the Discovery has long been a favorite amongst the 4×4 crowd. Even the outgoing model features a hybrid body-on-frame construction, allowing for greater off-road capability. Though, not all Land Rover’s have been using this classic technology. For instance, the full-size Range Rover has been riding on a unibody platform for over a decade and has remained to be a very capable off-road vehicle. That said, the same could be expected for the new Discovery, which appears to be morping more into a crossover as it gets built on LR’s next-generation modular platform. But if that’s not enough for the off-road Disco lovers, Land Rover won’t leave you behind.

According to a report from AutoCar, the new production Discovery will receive a more rugged and touted up variant, geared specifically to those who like off-roading. Not much is specifically known, except for the hint that it will debut sometime in 2017, riding on an all-aluminum platform biased towards off-road capability as a priority over on-road driving dynamics.

 

– By: Chris Chin

Source: AutoCar

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