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The all-new 2017 Land Rover Discovery has crept out of the shadows this morning, revealing its face in the lead-up to next month’s Paris motor show.

That face is all we’ve been shown for now, but, as expected, it confirms that the new Discovery will follow in the footsteps of the smaller Discovery Sport with a sleek new look.

It was in early 2014 that Land Rover first revealed it would retire its iconic and well-loved boxy styling, unveiling the Discovery Vision concept as a preview of things to come.

The smaller Freelander was the first to step into the future, replaced by the Discovery Sport as a means of mirroring the popular Range Rover and Range Rover Sport formula.

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The larger 2009-16 Discovery 4 will be shown the door in the months ahead, despite the big off-roader – based on the positively ancient 2004-09 Discovery 3 – still putting in a solid showing with more than 2000 sales in Australia so far this year.

Land Rover is keeping quiet on the details of this new Disco, although it is believed it will ride on the same platform that underpins the capable Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models.

If so, expect a riveted and bonded aluminium body that will make the new Discovery markedly lighter, more agile, quicker, and more economical than the outgoing 2620kg model.

The usual run of petrol and diesel engines – including the new 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel – will likely be offered, but there is also talk of a petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain down the road.

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At the other end of the performance spectrum, expect an SVX-badged model to bring more power and sporting looks, courtesy of a big tune from Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations branch.

Watch for more to come on September 28, when Land Rover reveal the new Discovery ahead of its Paris motor show premiere on October 1.

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