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Land Rover Plans Big Change of Direction for Discovery

Land Rover is planning on changing direction with its Discovery SUV. The British brand’s CEO, Thierry Bolloré, spoke with Auto Express last week and explained that the company intends to present an overhauled model in the coming years, one that could be the start of an entire branch of its lineup, much like with the revised Defender model.

Ironically, it’s the very success of the Defender that may have led Land Rover to take a good, hard look at the Discovery and, more pointedly, at the smaller Discovery Sport. Bolloré acknowledged that one, sales of the Discovery have been on a downward slide, and two, that that might have to do with the success of the Defender since it has been reintroduced.

Rather than having one model cannibalize sales of another within its lineup, it seems Land Rover is thinking of reinventing the model and its mandate on the market. And given that the Defender comes in different sizes (the largest of which can fit up to eight occupants), ditto with the Range Rover, which can be had in a seven-seat configuration, the reinvention has to come down to more than size. Here’s what Bolloré Is saying:

“We are completely reinventing Discovery. We believe there is a space for it, but we have to be creative. Defender is such a success that it has eaten a part of what was the territory of Discovery. Defender is a brand. We believe that Discovery could be a brand as well. We are looking at how we present our future line-up – it’s something we have in mind.”

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