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Land Rover to add third model to Discovery family

By Cameron Kirby, 10 Sep 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show

Land Rover to add third model to Discovery family

Discovery and Discovery Sport to be joined by a new ‘versatility’-focused model

A new addition to the Land Rover Discovery family is on its way in the near future, according to the company’s design boss.

Land Rover’s Chief Design Officer Gerry McGovern dropped the bombshell during a presentation on the new Defender ahead of the Frankfurt Motor Show.

“Discovery sits in the world of versatility. There is more to come,” he told media. “For me, two doesn’t make a family.”

Offering no more information on what the third model would be, it leaves the door open for a range of new products.

“With the Defender coming, it gives us the opportunity to maybe rethink what the world of Discovery is going to be in the future. I am quite excited by that,” McGovern said.

Land Rover offers a pair of Discovery models, first dating back to 1989. The current third-generation Discover was revealed in 2016, while a smaller Discovery Sport joined the family two years prior.

Wheels is in Europe this week to drive the L550 Discovery Sport’s mid-life update.

With a large SUV and medium SUV, it would make sense for Land Rover to add a smaller model to the Discovery range.

McGovern was keen to stress the Discovery family’s place within the wider Land Rover brand, and how its focus on versatility meant it sat between the Range Rover offerings, and the new Defender.

“Range Rover lives in the world of luxury where the expectations and standards are going up by the minute,” he said.

“We will continue to develop that [Range Rover] family of vehicles.”