Land Rover Discovery Sport leaked as model

Posted by AndiC on 31 August 2014 | 3 Comments

DISCOVERY SPORT MODELS: They've given Land Rover's game away.

The new 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport - which has no relationship with any existing Discovery - has been leaked in model form.

This has occurred with other brands too over the years, when people at model companies given plans or pictures to work from, leak shots of their products long before the real thing surfaces.

Now scale models of the upcoming seven-seater SUV are effectively the first undisguised pictures of the production version, albeit downscaled.

The model's design appears to be similar to the Discovery Vision Concept unveiled at the New York Auto Show in April, so it's not that big of a surprise.

The main differences are the lack of "suicide doors" and a bigger glass area, with crisper lines at the C-pillar than the Vision concept car.

The front fascia's shape is also less solid, with a softer horizontal opening below the grille to define the bumpers. LED fog lights appear to sit in a trapezoidal opening, rather than below vertical vents, while the general lines and surface have undergone the expected toning down that occurs between show and production vehicle.

The previous times that models have ruined the reveal of a production car was when Burago made a car based on a Boxster concept and got it totally wrong (and better than the real thing).

The latest Dodge Viper was seen as a HotWheels product two years before the real thing, just as Mattel released the 68 Corvette in diecast model form before the production car's unveiling nearly 50 years ago.   

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