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Look back at the birth of the original Land Rover | How Land Rover has driven adventure and scientific exploration | GQ Editor Dylan Jones talks inspiration with Chief Design Officer Gerry McGovern | Exploring the potential impact of electrification and connected vehicles | Tackling the 999 steep steps up to Heaven’s Gate in China


AGE OF DISCOVERY 2009 | LR2 TD4e is the first SUV with smart stop/start 2010 | LR4 makes its debut 2012 | Feb: One-millionth Discovery travels to Beijing 2014 | Apr: Discovery Vision concept revealed in 2004. Like that vehicle, it hinted both at a new design language for Discovery, and the fact that it would become its own distinctive family of vehicles. The concept was first revealed at the 2014 New York Motor Show, and the world didn‘t have to wait long for it to come to fruition. In September, the new Discovery Sport was unveiled. As a premium compact SUV it‘s a size smaller than the original, but it stays true to the Discovery formula. It‘s versatile, still offering seven seats despite its more compact dimensions. It is also exceptionally capable off-road, using Land Rover technology such as All Terrain Progress Control * to enhance the natural abilities endowed by its optimized approach, departure and breakover angles. The Discovery Sport has a few features that the original engineers on Project Jay couldn‘t have guessed at, such as the ability to access the library of tens of millions of songs on Spotify through the Land Rover InControl ® Apps Apps suite ** . The Discovery Sport acknowledged “ Designed and engineered to be the world’s most capable and versatile premium compact SUV, the Discovery Sport will appeal not only to existing Land Rover customers, but also to a whole new group of people who may never have considered Land Rover before” GERRY MCGOVERN, CHIEF DESIGN OFFICER, LAND ROVER its forebear in 2016 by hauling a 100-ton train *** over a spectacular railway bridge in Switzerland, echoing the challenge the original Discovery performed at its launch in 1989. Later in 2016, the fifth generation of Discovery was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show, as the original had been. The stepped roof and asymmetric rear remain, but the faster windshield angle and horizontal rear lamps lend a much more dynamic look. Under the skin, the fifth-generation Discovery makes an even more radical engineering leap than any before it with an 85 percent aluminum monocoque chassis, which cuts 1,058 lb from its mass. Every aspect of the vehicle‘s performance benefits from the reduction in weight, from on-road handling to fuel consumption and emissions. And of course, there‘s world-first tech aboard. The first Discovery also offered seven seats, but the idea of configuring them remotely from your phone with the Intelligent Seat Fold system would have blown a few minds in 1989. The idea behind Project Jay – for a versatile, capable off-roader – was good at the time. But it was also ahead of its time, and it has become more relevant as the years have passed and the world has bought into the idea of brilliantly conceived, responsible SUVs. Proof? In 2017 the new Discovery Sport was Land Rover‘s best-selling vehicle. That second million won‘t take long to reach. * These systems are not a substitute for driving safely with due care and attention and will not function under all circumstances, speeds, weather and road conditions, etc. Driver should not assume that these systems will correct errors of judgment in driving. Please consult the owner's manual or your local authorized Land Rover Retailer for more details. ** Do not use Land Rover InControl ® features under conditions that will affect your safety or the safety of others. Driving while distracted can result in loss of vehicle control. *** Please do not attempt. The Discovery Sport vehicle was towing well beyond its permissible towing capacity in a one-time, short distance test. When properly equipped, the maximum permissible towing weight for the Discovery Sport is 4,409 lbs. Never tow beyond a vehicle's permissible towing capacity. Please consult the owner's manual or your local authorized Land Rover Retailer for more details. AN ALL-NEW DISCOVERY Revealing the latest All-New fifthgeneration Discovery in 2016, Gerry McGovern, Chief Design Officer of Land Rover, said: “The new Discovery redefines the large SUV. Our design and engineering teams have revolutionized the Discovery DNA to create a highly desirable, extremely versatile and hugely capable premium SUV. Design creates an emotional connection between customers and our vehicles. Our clear design strategy means our vehicles are instantly recognizable and communicate the Land Rover values that our customers love. The new Discovery vehicle’s flawless volume and proportions, precise detailing and sophisticated surfaces beautifully combine with engineering integrity to create a premium SUV.” Jeremy Hicks, Jaguar Land Rover UK Managing Director, added: “The new vehicle takes everything that’s great about Discovery from design, versatility, and go anywhere, do anything credentials to build on them and make it even better in every way.” 56

RIGHT XXXXXX | Sept: Discovery Sport model announced 2016 | Sept: All-new fifth-generation Discovery revealed | Discovery Sport hauls train to recreate ’89 launch stunt 01 01 Adventurer and Land Rover ambassador Bear Grylls is a big fan of the Discovery 02 The dynamic Discovery Sport has become a popular extension of the range 03 On top of the extensive standard features, numerous options and accessories are available to allow customers to tailor their Discovery perfectly for their own active lifestyles 03 02 PHOTOGRAPHY: XXXXXXXXX XXXXXXX XXXXXXXXX European models shown. 57


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Land Rover stands for not only the most capable premium vehicles, but a state of mind where a sense of curiosity, exploration and wonder informs all of life’s adventures. Encounter this throughout the latest issue of Land Rover Magazine, from meeting a herd of Ice Age survivors on the Dutch coast with the Land Rover Discovery, to the most innovative sustainable architecture on a Californian journey with the Range Rover Evoque

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