Six Land Rover electric models are arriving on the market by 2026 as part of Jaguar Land Rover’s Reimagine strategy announced in early 2021. One of these zero-emission SUVs will be a Land Rover Discovery Electric, as the nameplate will undergo a “luxury reinvention” as per Auto Express.
Design & Interior
The next-gen Land Rover Discovery will be the sixth generation of the versatile family SUV. The fifth-gen model is strikingly different from its predecessor, and the sixth-gen model will likely take the evolutionary route that’s a further enhancement of the 2014 Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept. Rest assured, the Discovery DNA will be clearly visible with the stepped roofline and the forward-slanted C-pillars. Sleeker, digital LED lights and flush door handles could be among the main new design elements of the sixth-gen model. As for the Land Rover Discovery Electric, it could come with a clean look with a deleted upper grille, more aerodynamic wheels, and distinctive bumpers.
The interior is unlikely to be a major departure from the current model. In 2022/2023 model, Land Rover has deleted the third-row option in the Range Rover Sport, which has two advantages. Firstly, customers seeking a three-row Range Rover have to go for the full-size Range Rover. Secondly, there’s less cannibalization for the Disco, since it belongs to the same segment as the Range Rover Sport. As for the Defender, the company’s product planners have positioned the 130 variant (eight-seater) in a higher segment. The current seven-seat Discovery costs £57,225 (UK)/$58,400 (USA) onwards, while the eight-seat Defender’s prices start at £73,895 (UK)/$68,000 (USA).
The next-gen Land Rover Discovery should share the MLA-Flex platform with the latest Range Rover (L460) and Range Rover Sport (L461). As a result of the new platform, the Discovery will be able to provide increased torsional rigidity, an improved level of noise isolation, and new capabilities. Most importantly, the new platform would enable 100% electrification. e-AWD with two motors, one on the front axle and one on the second axle, could be standard in the Land Rover Discovery Electric. The power and torque figures may vary, though. It’s too early to talk about the battery pack and range at the moment.
The Land Rover Discovery Electric may debut as early as 2025. It could be the third or fourth Land Rover electric SUV following the Range Rover Electric and Range Rover Sport Electric, both of which are due in 2024.
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