Update 3:30 p.m. EDT: Land Rover announced the Discovery Sport, a compact SUV, that will be on sale in 2015 at the 2014 New York Auto Show. Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer, said in a statement, "I am proud to confirm the nameplate that will make Discovery a family of vehicles for the first time. It will be called Discovery Sport and will go on sale in 2015. This will be a versatile and capable SUV and is the first expression of the Discovery Vision Concept unveiled here in New York."
Land Rover will debut their Discovery Vision Concept car at the 2014 New York Auto Show on Wednesday and held an event aboard the USS Inteprid on Tuesday. The Discovery Vision Concept car is a glimpse into the future for Land Rover.
One of the main talking points will be the “invisible hood” which was unveiled ahead of the 2014 New York Auto Show. Land Rover is incorporating what they call Smart Glass, clear glass that is capable of displaying images, on for the windows, panoramic roof and windshield. The Discovery Vision Concept combines cameras located underneath the grille of the car with the Heads-Up Display (HUD) on the windshield, to create the effect of a transparent hood. The Smart Glass can be used to display important information to the driver, such as directions, and could also be used for augmented reality, displaying points of interests or landmarks.
According to Land Rover, the Smart Glass can improve visibility for a driver as they back up and can be dimmed to increase privacy. Land Rover's Discovery Vision will incorporate lasers for several features. Much like BMW, the Land Rover's concept will laser headlamps which improve visibility while reducing glare and driver fatigue. Infrared lasers located in the foglamps, can be used to map terrain in front of the vehicle, the data can be displayed on the windshield as part of the HUD. The Discovery Vision Concept can also use lasers to project images, such as a warning image that can alert oncoming traffic in case of an emergency.
Gerry McGovern, Design Director and Chief Creative Officer for Land Rover, said in a statement, “We have created the Vision Concept to share the essence of Land Rover’s new age of Discovery and to debut a new, compelling, relevant design direction that connects on an emotional level with customers of today and tomorrow.”
Land Rover will stay true to its legacy and will showcase new all-terrain capabilities such as Remote Control Driving, which lets the driver control the vehicle using an app from outside the car to maneuver over an obstacle at a low speed.
The 2014 New York Auto Show live stream, beginning at 2:50 p.m. EDT, can be viewed here. The Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept car debut from Tuesday can be viewed below.