Land Rover releases first image of new Discovery

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Land Rover has released the first image of the new Discovery ahead of its full reveal later this month.

The photo shows the face of the new seven-seat 4x4 and reveals styling inspired by the Range Rover Sport and the smaller Discovery Sport.

Previous generations of the Discovery were characterised by a boxy, upright look. However, the new car appears to have softened the edges and introduced a narrower grille and headlight shape.

The 4x4's off-road capabilities are hinted at by a chunkier front bumper and wheel arch design. Vertical air intakes sit above a pronounced front skid plate, further emphasising the vehicle's ruggedness.

While the front end is the only part of the car fully revealed, it is believed that the rest of the car will continue the theme of borrowing styling from Land Rover stablemates. However, the signature 'step' in the Discovery's roofline is expected to remain.

Details are virtually non-existent at this stage, but Land Rover says the vehicle will be "created with absolute versatility, capability and technology like no other." It is likely the 3.0-litre diesel V6 from the existing Discovery will remain, though a 2.0-litre diesel may be introduced as an entry-level model.

Gerry McGovern, Land Rover's Chief Design Officer, said: "New Discovery redefines the large SUV. Land Rover's design and engineering teams have revolutionised the Discovery DNA to create a highly desirable, extremely versatile and hugely capable premium SUV."

The new Land Rover Discovery will make its debut on September 28, 2016, at the Paris Motor Show.