The SUV specialist has created a tiny, Christmas-themed wilderness cabin that packs into the trunk of a Discovery Sport.
The trouble with wilderness cabins is that they lack portability. Surely it would be much better to have a cabin you take to any wilderness, rather than having one that is fixed in a wilderness?
With an area of 38 square feet (3.5 square metres), the cabin is little bigger than a large bed. But it’s a generous space, with plenty of room to lounge while admiring the view through the large, opening windows. There’s loads of shelves for Christmas decorations, as well, and a solar panel on the roof that powers a phone charger. The lights plug into the car's 12 volt charger.
The floor, walls, roof, and support structure break down into pieces that slot neatly into the back of a Discovery Sport - with all the rear seats folded down.
It stands 8.3 inches (212 millimetres) off the ground, the same as the Discovery Sport’s ride height.
The floor, walls, roof, and support structure break down into pieces that slot neatly into the back of a Discovery Sport - with all the rear seats folded down. It’s a tight fit, taking up all 60 cubic feet (1,698 litres) of available space. The nuts, bolts, lights, and decorations pack into the glove compartment, door bins, and cupholders.
Land Rover’s designers used virtual models to make sure everything fit in. Danish architects LUMO provided their expertise in building with sustainable materials.
12-time Everest climber Kenton Cool tested the cabin in Land Rover’s cold climate chamber at temperatures as low as -4 degrees Fahrenheit (-20 degrees Celsius).
“There is a growing trend for off-grid living and wilderness cabins, and only Land Rover could create a ‘go anywhere’ cabin like this,” Kenton said. “The design is cleverly engineered and incredibly robust, making it perfect for remote locations across the world.”
“We wanted to create a Christmas cabin for Santa, in a truly Land Rover way,” added Vehicle Package Team Leader Helen Ali. “Building [the] cabin was a lot of fun. We could have built this in one of our bigger models, but we wanted to prove just how versatile the baby of the Discovery family truly is.”
The cabin has been packed off to a “secret location." Which looks a lot like the Scottish Highlands.