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The 2016 Land Rover Discovery will be launched late next year, according to Land Rover’s design director Gerry McGovern. The Discovery will enter its fifth generation, the seven-seater SUV carrying on a tradition that began in 1989.

According to Autocar UK, Land Rover is looking to carve a niche in the expanding SUV market, which is expected to see sales of 20 million units world-wide in 2016. The new Discovery has a bonded and riveted aluminium monocoque in common with the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport and all three models will be built in Land Rover’s Solihull facility.

The bonded monocoque is expected to realise substantial savings over the outgoing model’s 2,622 kg weight. The 2016 Discovery will feature a lower, sleeker design based on the Discovery Vision Concept unveiled at the Beijing motor show in 2014. McGovern said the concept was “very important in terms of being a benchmark for new-generation Discovery models: the versatility of the car, the seats, the reconfigurability, how you use it inside.”

The new Discovery is also destined to receive a revised version of the current Discovery’s 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel. There have been no reports of the SUV receiving hybrid or electric power, as Land Rover feels more development is required before such technology enters the Discovery production line.

According to McGovern, the new Discovery would approach the Range Rover in terms of luxury and fitment. “There will be a premium execution in Discovery, more Range Rover-like. But we need to not get confused and get the balance right,” he said.

There would also be no compromise to the Discovery’s legendary off-road capability, said McGovern. “We won’t back off from that capability, but it has to be appropriate and relevant,” he said. “We need to be about more than that. It’s a killer combination: core engineering technology and truly desirable and bespoke design with our own twist,” he emphasised.

Land Rover Discovery spyshots

Land Rover Discovery Vision concept