Land Rover is well known for its off-road capability at no sacrifice to premium ride quality and convenience features. This is a reputation the U.K. automaker has worked to establish for the past few decades, but before its luxury pivot, the company produced no-nonsense, four-wheel drive machines. We’ve often wondered what a more trail-focused Land Rover would look like today and, thanks to the magic of the brand’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO), we’ve got a pretty good idea.
At this month’s Frankfurt Motor Show, Land Rover introduced its Discovery SVX, a near-production concept that will be the first SVX model. With the rollout of Land Rover Discovery SVX, SVO will have three distinct lines: SVR (performance models), SVAutobiography (upscale luxury vehicles), and SVX (rough and tumble off-roaders). The latest generation Discovery is still an impressive vehicle on and off-road, but the changes made to the SVX make it even more prepared for adventure.
Land Rover Discovery SVX engine
The Discover SVX will be powered by a 5.0 supercharged petrol engine that will put out 525 horsepower and 625 nm of torque. The SUV will also come with suspension modifications. The Discovery SVX has improved approach, departure and breakover angles, achieved by raising both the lightweight aluminium monocoque architecture and the four-corner air suspension system, employing long-travel dampers and revised knuckles, and fitting larger 815mm diameter 275/55 R20 Goodyear Wrangler all-terrain tyres on forged aluminium alloy wheels. The tyres have higher side-walls that reduce contact pressure and improve performance on soft surfaces.A more aggressive tread pattern improves grip in muddy conditions.Additionally, the Discover SVX gets active centre and electronic rear locking differentials which work with the specially tuned Terrain Response 2 system to optimise traction on all surfaces.
Land Rover Discovery SVX features
Other upgrades include unique software calibrations for the eight-speed automatic transmission with twin-speed transfer box, and Discovery’s dynamics systems including Hill Descent Control, Electronic Traction Control (ETC), Adaptive Dynamics, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), All-Terrain Progress Control (ATPC) and variable ratio electric power-assisted steering (EPAS). The Discovery SVX also features a model-first Pistol Shifter in place of the Drive select rotary shifter to offer the driver optimum control of gear selection in off-road manoeuvres.On the exterior, the Discovery SVX gets protective skid plates on the front and rear bumpers and Rush Orange-finished metal recovery eyes – each rated to enable recovery of more than six tonnes, an anti-glare bonnet finish and an integrated rear-mounted electric winch system.
The SVX comes in an exclusive satin Tectonic Grey paint finish, a unique colour and material combination of Lunar and Light Oyster with Rush Orange accents inside, and ‘X’ logo perforations on the SVX-branded seats. Unique Narvik Black side vents with V8 badging, a Narvik Black Dynamic grille, Black roof rails and a roof-mounted unit with two additional light pods for improved low-light visibility.