According to Alex Heslop, Land Rover’s chief engineer on the Discovery project, many of the car’s family-orientated features were inspired by the day-to-day lives of the engineers and their children.
“They don’t always realise it, but these kids have played a major role in developing the new Discovery,” said Heslop. “There is no better insight into the needs of the modern family than the first-hand experience we glean at home.”
As a reward for providing inspiration – and for keeping their parents’ work secret – the children, who were aged between five and nine, were tasked with drawing their favourite days out.
The finished pictures were then applied to a vinyl wrap used to disguise the new car’s features from prying eyes.
As a final treat, the children were taken for a ride in the wrapped Discovery as it took on a series of off-road obstacles, including large boulders, muddy tracks and a deep pool.
“Being able to get the children involved in our final camouflage design brought a smile to all our faces,” said Heslop.
Land Rover released the first images of its new Discovery at the start of the month ahead of the car’s premiere at the Paris Motor Show on October 1.
The initial shots only show the front of the car, but hint at bodywork inspired by the existing Range Rover Sport and the smaller Discovery Sport, itself an evolution of the Range Rover Evoque design.
The previously vertical front seems to have been rounded off, while the grille has become thinner and the headlights narrower. Lower down, there’s a wide, muscular set of wheel arches and a pronounced bumper.
Vertical air intakes sit ahead of the front wheels and the wide lower grille is protected by a large front skid plate.
Land Rover has not confirmed any details of the 2017 Discovery, but the company has said that the vehicle will be “created with absolute versatility, capability and technology like no other”.
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