Tur­bu­lent Tem­pest

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02The £60 mil­lion as­signed to the pro­gramme is put into con­text when com­pared to the £1 bil­lion in­vested in the L30 Range Rover project. This tight bud­get im­posed con­sid­er­able con­straints on the team de­sign­ing the new Dis­cov­ery, which was now co­de­named ‘Tem­pest’.

Key to the new model was the need to pack­age three rows of for­ward-fac­ing seats, a fea­ture that de­manded an ex­ten­sion to the wheel­base. This would have in­creased the pro­gramme bud­get by about 50 per cent, so was out of the ques­tion. It was sub­sti­tuted by a con­sid­er­able rear over­hang.

This gave de­signer Alan Mob­ber­ley a headache be­cause the orig­i­nal rear door was to be re­tained along with the ba­sic un­der-struc­ture in­cor­po­rat­ing the wind­screen an­gle – which dated back to the in­tro­duc­tion of the orig­i­nal Range Rover.

But much of the outer skin, in­clud­ing its steel doors, was new. This al­lowed Mob­ber­ley to sculpt strong hor­i­zon­tal lines to hide Tem­pest’s ex­tra length. The last-minute ad­di­tion of whee­larch ‘eye­brows’ to meet tyre ex­po­sure leg­is­la­tion com­pro­mised its clean lines but the fi­nal re­sult was a pleas­ing re­fresh of the orig­i­nal.

This late de­vel­op­ment D2 (fore­ground) was shown along­side the out­go­ing model in the Can­ley ‘Styling Gar­den’. The in­her­ited fea­tures, es­pe­cially the wind­screen, were clear but the de­sign team skil­fully blended the in­creased length into the up­grade.

To try to ad­dress the sporty SUV sec­tor iden­ti­fied by Heart­land, a 3dr Tem­pest vari­ant got as far as be­ing mod­elled. Lack­ing the rear over­hang, it was in­tended as a five-seater – but the tiny bud­get meant it never got any fur­ther.

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