The Slovakia plant was announced in December 2015, but I don’t believe we’ve read about what exactly will be built there.
Are all new L462 Discovery’s being built in Slovakia from 2018 – 2024? This supplier seems to think so.
INTERNAL NEWS RELEASE: IMMEDIATE
6th June, 2016 – GSM Automotive Witney secures Land Rover Discovery new business award
Confirmation received in the past few weeks that GSM has been awarded the bright front and rear tread-plate business for the new Land Rover Discovery; program name L462. These bright tread-plates, which will be manufactured at our site in Witney, will be supplied to Grupo Antolin’s recently acquired facility in Hartlip where they will be assembled into moulding before onward supply to JLR manufacturing operation in Solihull until 2019. At the end of 2018 JLR production of the Discovery will then switch to Nitra in Slovakia where this vehicle will be produced until December, 2024.
For the team this represented a hard fought win and one secured in the face of fierce competition from mainland Europe. It is hoped that additional program nomination of variants for this vehicle will be announced in the coming weeks.
About GSM Automotive:
GSM Automotive is a world leader in the supply of Badges, Functional Film, Labels, Illuminated Scuff-plates; Tread-plates; Tail-gate Garnish, Pedal Kits and sub-assemblies; as well as genuine service parts. The company’s customer base includes virtually every major vehicle manufacturer in the global automotive, light and heavy commercial vehicle markets. With manufacturing across multiple sites the company is a market leader in its sector.
Nothing too concrete but I wanted to get things posted here for reference.
With the first real spy shots of the forthcoming "coupe", it was time again to do some Linkedin searches. As we’ve seen before there are plenty of people posting about their connection to the 18MY L560 project.
Again just random bits from Linkedin:
** What does the VP stand for in the models listed below? X761 is the F-Pace.
Body-in-White (BIW) Tooling design for:
– Jaguar-Land Rover X761VP, L560, L560VP
– Support for JLR L560 @Steelweld Barford, United Kingdom (March 2015 – May 2015)
Another past employee adds:
** "Range Rover Evoque XL" (Grand Evoque is also mentioned in other places)
Contributing to the successful development of three iconic programmes: X761 Jaguar F-Pace, L462 Land rover Discovery 5, L560 Range Rover Evoque XL from concept phase through to launch. My main responsibilities have been to:
Finally there’s Gerry McGovern’s comments back in 2014 "It will be a distinct model, differentiated, not a derivative,”
Not sure how much of this is just pre-production sharing but the Land Rover badge on the Rotary shifter/Terrain Response module looks like it might be the real thing. We’ll have to wait and see if the Range Rover steering wheel makes it over as well.
Image originally from: http://www.carscoops.com/2016/05/2017-land-rover-discovery-interior.html
That looks to be identical in layout to the current Range Rover with some changes including that Land Rover badge where Range Rover usually goes. And the new Terrain Response controls – It appears they’ve removed the rotary control for Terrain Response and replaced it with left and right buttons – similar to how it functions in the current models – Range Rover & Range Rover Sport get rotary control while the Evoque and Land Rovers get the right/left controls.
Another thing to note is the number of Terrain Response options shown there – is it only four or is there another one at the 9 o’clock position? Is Rock Crawl missing from this car?
With the lowest of hopes, I can comfortably say that InControl Touch Pro well exceeds expectations.
MY17 Range Rover can’t get here soon enough…