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Land Rover Teases New Discovery Sport with Seating for Seven

Land Rover Discovery Sport camo

Just ahead of its official debut, which is likely later this year, Land Rover decided to tease its newest compact SUV, the Discovery Sport. While teasers typically don’t give up too many important details, this one is an exception as it reveals an optional third row of rear seats.

Despite its compact dimensions, the camouflaged vehicle shown at Jaguar Land Rover’s Halewood plant is able to provide the amount of seating typically reserved for midsize vehicles. Land Rover confirmed that the new Discovery Sport will be available with a 5+2 seating configuration.

“As you would expect from a Discovery, the versatile Discovery Sport will feature optional 5+2 seating, offering spacious load space and configurable seating, while still retaining a more compact footprint than traditional 5-seat SUVs,” said Gerry McGovern, Design Director and Chief Creative Officer for Land Rover.

Land Rover Discovery Sport

The photograph that was released by Land Rover shows the Discovery Sport undergoing testing. It was also wrapped with camouflage that mimics an x-ray of the vehicle, in effect “peeling back” the outer layer of the vehicle to reveal what’s inside.

While the nuances of the Discovery Sport’s exterior design were obscured by the camouflage, it did show that the vehicle is similar in size to the Range Rover Evoque. It also features design cues from the Discovery Vision concept which was revealed this year’s New York Auto Show.

It remains to be seen whether this production vehicle will include the Discovery Vision concept’s innovative technologies. These include a transparent hood or laser guided Terrain Response System. Nevertheless, off-roading prowess is likely included.

Currently, the Discovery Sport is still in the midst of testing, but it will go on sale worldwide in 2015.

Fiat Teams Up With Vans to Create the Ultimate Surf Wagon

Fiat 500L Vans Concept

The Vans shoe brand is synonymous with surfing and Southern California beach culture. While Fiat doesn’t share the same image as the popular skate- and surf-wear brand, the two partnered for a distinctive concept that serves as the perfect vehicle for cruising around the beach.

Unveiled over the weekend at the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing, just south of Los Angeles in Huntington Beach, Calif., the Fiat 500L-Vans concept was highly customized to resemble a Vans high-top shoe.

Fiat 500L Vans rear

Complete with the same iconic checkerboard-pattern that Sean Penn’s slacker character wore in the 1982 teen comedy Fast Times at Ridgemont High, the 500L was immediately recognizable as a Vans project.

The Vans inspiration extends through the the interior as well. There’s Vans logo stickers on the instrument panel and the waffle sole design pattern is even evident on the pedals.

Fiat 500L interior

Designed to be the perfect vehicle for surfers, the 500L naturally features a roof rack with a basket and a double-decker surfboard carrier.

With it’s 18-inch matte black wheels, two-tone body cladding, and aggressive look, this concept is more of an off roader than the demure 500L that’s in dealerships now. Perhaps Fiat is hinting of a new rally-inspired model to shake up the growing B-segment.

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