LONDON -- Land Rover is expected to offer a smaller diesel engine in its new Discovery SUV as part of the industry's downsizing trend to improve fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions.
Land Rover will unveil the next-generation Discovery at the Paris auto show on Sept. 28, ahead of its market launch next spring, the company said in a statement today.
The new Discovery "redefines the large SUV," Land Rover's design chief, Gerry McGovern, said in the statement. The car is "highly desirable, extremely versatile and hugely capable," he said.
The Discovery is expected to be available in Europe with Jaguar Land Rover’s 2.0-liter, four-cylinder Ingenium diesel engine, although Land Rover did not confirm this. Jaguar Land Rover currently offers the engine in Europe in the Range Rover Sport and Evoque, along with the Jaguar XE, XF and F-Pace models.
The new Discovery has been spotted testing in the UK with the diesel, registration data for the vehicle has shown.
The Discovery's only diesel in the current model is a V-6. That engine is likely to continue in the new model, as will a supercharged V-6 gasoline depending on markets.
The new Discovery takes design cues from the smaller Discovery Sport and from the Range Rover Sport, a picture released by Land Rover ahead of the Paris reveal shows.
It is expected to use the same aluminum platform as the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, which will help to reduce the seven-seat Discovery’s weight.
The Discovery has also been seen testing in China. Reports in the Chinese media say the UK-built SUV will also be produced in a JLR and Chery Automotive factory in Changshu north of Shanghai for the local market. The plant builds the Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Discovery Sport. Chinese versions could also use a version of JLR’s new four-cylinder 2.0-liter gasoline engine.
Land Rover said the new Discovery will have "technology like no other" without going into detail. One possible option is a production version of JLR’s ‘transparent hood’ system that uses a head-up display to project an image of the ground ahead normally blocked from the driver’s view to help when driving off-road. The technology was shown on the Discovery Vision concept, a car that previewed the new Discovery back in 2014.
The 2.0-liter, four-cylinder diesel is unlikely to be offered with the Discovery in the U.S. and China. The Discovery is sold as the LR4 in the U.S. The new version will use the Discovery name in the U.S.