A camouflaged Land Rover prototype has been spotted in Coventry ahead of its unveiling.
The vehicle was spotted at the Quadrant in the city centre by eagle-eyed CoventryLive reader Darren Vel Satis.
Although it’s often a guessing game as to what camouflaged prototypes might be – due to their heavy ‘cladding’ – in this case it doesn’t require too much guesswork as the camouflage is minimal.
The model being tested on public roads is the next generation Land Rover Discovery.
The camouflage is light, reflecting the fact that the model is undergoing a midlife makeover rather than being an all-new version.
Nonetheless Jaguar Land Rover is keen to keep the changes under wraps – for the time being at least.
The partial camouflage hints at where there will be some exterior enhancements – most likely bumpers and lights – which car makers generally tend to refresh midway through a model cycle.
Such cosmetic changes are the easiest way to achieve a fresh new look while staying within the vehicle’s overall design blueprint.
Interior changes are also likely to be on the cards, though again they will be minimal rather than major and are likely to focus on upgrading technology and infotainment systems.
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The next version of the Discovery will almost certainly get Land Rover’s latest Pivi and Pivi Pro infotainment systems.
The refreshed Discovery is also likely to get some new engine options.
They are tipped to be a 48-volt mild hybrid system mated to both petrol and diesel engines.
No indication has been given by the Coventry car maker regarding when the refreshed Land Rover Discovery will be unveiled but it is expected to go on sale in 2021.
The current Land Rover Discovery was unveiled to the world in a glitzy celebration at Packington Hall in Meriden on September 28 2016.
The occasion was marked by TV adventurer Bear Grylls abseiling from a helicopter on to a record-breaking Lego replica of Tower Bridge.
Hundreds of VIP guests joined senior Land Rover staff at the event, which revolved around a giant outdoor set – the centrepiece of which was the Tower Bridge replica – the largest structure ever constructed from Lego bricks.
In all 5,805,846 individual Lego bricks were used to build it, breaking the previous Guinness World Record by 470,646 pieces.
Laid end to end, the bricks would stretch for almost 200 miles – from Tower Bridge all the way to Paris.