Tiny outdoor Land Rover cabin is festive and functional
Land Rover is known for creating cars able to traverse the earth, but that can create some problems. For one, sleeping in the back of a car isn't particularly comfortable, especially if you're trekking to the North Pole. Even though Santa only goes exploring once a year – and drives a sleigh when he does – Land Rover has decided to create him a cabin capable of keeping two campers warm in temperatures down to -20° C (-4° F).
Designed in conjunction with Danish architecture firm LUMO, the Land Rover cabin makes use of sustainable materials, and is set up to feel roomier than its 3.5m2 (37.67 ft2) area would otherwise suggest. It sits on 212-mm (8.34-in) struts to match the Discovery Sport ride height, and there are optional rear-deck seats to match the drop-down seats available on (you guessed it) the car.
A roof-mounted solar panel can be used to charge up phones and tablets, but anything bigger will need to be hooked up to the 12V socket in the car. Land Rover says the big, glass doors on the cabin were inspired by the optional panoramic sunroof on the Discovery, and should provide an impressive view when the cabin is plonked in the arctic wilderness.
When it's not being used, Land Rover has designed the cabin to fold away into the back of a Discovery Sport. With the cabin taking up the entire rear compartment, designers used the cupholders and glovebox to hold Christmas decorations and supplies. Having been tested by mountaineer Kenton Cool over two nights in the Land Rover cold-climate chamber, it was then whisked away to a secret location in the Arctic.
"There is a growing trend for off-grid living and 'wilderness cabins' and only Land Rover could create a 'go anywhere' cabin like this," says Kenon Cool, who has a surname to match his role as cold-weather tester. "The design is cleverly engineered and incredibly robust, making it perfect for remote locations across the world."
The Land Rover Christmas cabin isn't likely to be popping up on the option lists any time soon – at the moment it's a one-off. There's more information on it in the video below.
If something like this is on your Santa Wishlist, maybe try the G-Box out instead.
Source: Land Rover