08 December 2016, Pretoria – Land Rover announced it has designed a spacious, collapsible two-man outdoors cabin that fits into the back of a Discovery Sport.
The rugged wooden shelter is small enough to fit inside the compact SUV yet comfortably sleeps two adults.
Danish architectural practice LUMO worked with Land Rover’s packaging engineers to come up with a wilderness cabin that reflects Land Rover’s design principles and engineering integrity.
The cabin, once unpacked and assembled, rest on wooden struts 212 mm above the ground.
Land Rover engineers carefully scrutinised the Discovery Sport to ensure every available space was used. The generous 1,698-litre load space was filled with the cabin’s largest components, while even small stowage areas like the glove box, cup holders and door bins were used for smaller items.
The Discovery Sport, launched two years ago, is Land Rover’s biggest-selling model, with more than 100,000 vehicles sold so far in 2016. Designed for active lifestyles, it features generous luggage capacity, innovative stowage solutions and configurable 2+3+2 seating.
“We wanted to create a unique and functional cabin in a truly Land Rover way. The spacious and versatile Discovery Sport was perfect for this project. When we engineered the compact SUV’s interior, we did it with the customer in mind. The seats all fold flat, the load space is wide and square and there are lots of hidden storage spaces – and we wanted the cabin to reflect this,” said Helen Ali, Vehicle Package Team Leader.
The cabin’s trademark design takes its inspiration from the Discovery Sport’s panoramic roof. At one end, a tall opening window functions as a door where its full height orientation provides views up to the sky. At the truncated end, a horizontal window allows panoramic views of the bush. The cabin is easy to move to capture the best view of the surrounding area.
“The cabin is robust in the sense of both its durability and its flexibility, which means it suits various locations and purposes – much like the Land Rover Discovery Sport which carries it,” said Mads Lindstrom, Partner at LUMO Arkitekter.