The 2017 Land Rover Discovery has been further revealed, with Bear Grylls putting folding seats to the test. This is following the undisguised front-end reveal only yesterday.
It’s a bit of a marketing ploy by the team at Land Rover, as their well-known ambassador jumps out of a plane to test out folding seat technology. Importantly, though, the video does give more visual cues of what what the new, 2017 Land Rover Discovery will look like.
The vehicle has been given a light zebra treatment, so you can only get a little bit of an idea of what the new model will look like. But, close inspection does give you a good indication of what this Discovery is shaping up to look like, and what sort of size it is.
The interior is also revealed, with automatic folding of second and third row seats of the new seven-seater. Whilst plummeting through the air, Bear uses his smartphone to deploy the seats of the Disco many feet below.
Land Rover are calling this technology a world-first. Alex Heslop, Land Rover’s Chief Engineer for Discovery, said: “This unique feature sets the New Discovery apart from any other vehicle. The fact that owners can change the seating while doing things like queuing with their shopping is a true milestone in convenience delivered through technological innovation.”
The interior, which looks like typical Land Rover premium upholstery, folds up from the ground by itself, making for an attractive interior capable of seating seven.
Then, the team of parachuters drive off. Visually, the 2017 Land Rover Discovery looks to be an evolution of the previous model, leaving no doubt of its ancestry. It’s a much curvier shape than the outgoing model, but carries the Land Rover design language well. They look to have spent the most time protecting the rear end and rear quarter panels, but you can see roof rails and that stepped roofline not leaving the Discovery lineage.