Land Rover Teases All-New Discovery Prior to Paris Debut

2017 Land Rover Discovery

British SUV maker Land Rover has released the first official image of the all-new Discovery model it will properly unveil later this month, ahead of the Paris auto show.

The photo shows a front end notably different from that of the Discovery Sport introduced at last year’s Frankfurt show; while the two are no doubt related, the non-Sport model puts more visual emphasis on Land Rover’s off-road reputation. Viewed straight-on like this, there’s also a passing resemblance to the Kia Soul, a comparison we’re sure Kia’s folks will like more than Land Rover’s.

But while the two models share a name and styling cues, there’s evidence the Discovery will be longer: Land Rover calls this a “full-size” SUV, while it referred to the Disco Sport as a compact, but both are seven-seaters. That’s not a new strategy for Land Rover, whose Range Rover and Range Rover Sport are small vs. large versions of the same vehicle.

The Discovery Sport uses a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 240 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque, which comes with a nine-speed automatic transmission; we’ll be curious to see if the larger Disco sticks with that or bumps up to a V6, even as an option.

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Chris Chase

Chris Chase

As a child, Chris spent much of his time playing with toy cars in his parents’ basement; when his mother would tell him to go play outside, he made car sounds while riding his bicycle or dug roads for his toys in the flower garden. Now he gets to indulge his obsession playing with real cars that make their own cool noises, and gets paid for it.