Mere numbers don’t always convey just how spacious a vehicle’s interior is. But if you were told that the Land Rover Discovery Sport can take a cabin for two adults inside, that may be hard to believe. Well, it’s just a small cabin – yes, a very small one – and it’s also been designed to be able to be used in temperatures as low as -20°C.
When disassembled, the cleverly designed cabin fits in the rear of Land Rover’s popular model. The engine ers carefully used every bit of the Discovery Sport’s 1,698-litre rear load space to carry the wooden cabin’s components. Even the glove box, cupholders and door bins were filled with nuts, bolts and festive decorations if it’s used during Christmas.
The Christmas cabin, a project by Land Rover engineers, was tested in Land Rover’s own cold climate chamber, in which all Land Rovers are subjected to sub-freezing temperatures, by mountaineer and 12-times Everest climber Kenton Cool. It was then transported by a Discovery Sport to its final secret location in the heart of the frozen wilderness.
“There is a growing trend for off-grid living and ‘wilderness cabins’ and only Land Rover could create a ‘go anywhere’ cabin like this. The design is cleverly engineered and incredibly robust, making it perfect for remote locations across the world,” said Cool.
The engineers made a virtual model of the cabin to get the most from every millimetre of space. Then they worked with specialist Danish architects LUMO to build it from sustainable materials. Designed to have a minimal impact on the environment, it rests on 212 mm wooden struts that exactly match the Discovery Sport’s ride height.
The cabin shares several features with Discovery models, including an optional tailgate seat on the deck. The wide horizontal door opening is inspired by the vehicle’s full-length panoramic roof and provides epic landscape views. There’s a solar charger on the roof, while lights and a kettle can be connected to the Discovery Sport’s 12V power socket.
The Discovery Sport has been on sale for 2 years, and is Land Rover’s biggest-selling model, with more than 100,000 vehicles sold so far in 2016. Land Rover will be using the cabin over the next few years to support ongoing partnerships and upcoming events, and it will be making appearances through its network of Land Rover Experience centres.