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Land Rover was spotted putting the next-gen Discovery prototype through its paces at the Nurburgring track in Germany. The multitude of curves in the track will give us an idea of what the Discovery’s on-road driving dynamics could be like.

The Nurburgring is where manufacturers go to test their model prototypes, with a multitude of turns the track is the holy grail of proving grounds for vehicle platforms. Land Rover is probably testing out the Discovery 5’s platform that it shares with both the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models. Made of aluminum, the heavy-duty 4×4’s weight will be reduced by around 100 kg (220 lbs) which should improve fuel efficiency, handling and drive performance. Already from the test run at Nurburgring, we can see that the Discovery has minimal body roll even when take those turns at substantial speeds and this can be attributed to the new platform.

We don’t know the exact engines that will be available for the next-gen Discovery but we could see JLR’s new Ingenium family which includes the usual petrol and diesel variants along with a hybrid, off-road SVX and a high-performance SVR engine.

The interior will be updated too with a new dashboard and instead of round air vents, we should be seeing horizontal ones instead. For those of you who plan to get the Discovery 5 with an automatic transmission, you will be getting a rotary control instead of the traditional shifter.

Its unveiling is expected to take place before the year ends so we should hear more at the Discovery’s release.

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