Think the standard Land Rover Discovery isn’t quite good enough off-road? Meet the even more rugged SVX version, on sale in 2018
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- Land Rover Discovery SVX revealed
- Features extra off-road-focused equipment
- It’ll have a 525hp 5.0-litre V8
- Production begins in 2018
A more rugged, off-road-focussed Land Rover Discovery has been revealed at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The new model – dubbed the SVX – will get the best of the brand’s off-road equipment and its sonorous 5.0-litre supercharged V8. Production will commence in 2018 with customer models arriving on the road shortly after.
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The changes to the SVX are functional as well as giving it a tough, rugged look. Extra plastic body cladding is used on the front and rear to protect it from scratches while the tow hooks are new exposed. The tyres are geared towards off-road use and the alloy wheels are smaller than the regular Discovery’s to prevent damage and better resist off-road impacts.
Cosmetically, the SVX features satin grey paint, orange accents on the bumpers and wheels, and a couple of prominent SVX badges – it’s not clear if these will be standard or optional. The air vents at the front are also taller and deeper to suck more air into the huge engine, while the light bar on top could illuminate a football pitch.
Despite being geared for off-road ability, the interior of the Discovery SVX isn’t sparse and utilitarian. It’s still a luxurious place to sit with a large infotainment screen and two-tone leather seats bearing the SVX moniker. It will also retain the practical seven-seat layout and gigantic boot of the regular model.
Engines and driving
The firm’s supercharged 5.0-litre petrol V8 is the only engine currently on offer for the Discovery SVX – previously seeing service in the scarily fast Range Rover Sport SVR and the Jaguar F-Type. Here, it produces 525hp which might seem like overkill, but at least you know no hill will be too much of a challenge.
Ground clearance is improved over the standard Discovery and the SVX gets even more sophisticated electronic aids to help off road. A new Hydraulic Active Roll Control system gives increased wheel articulation and improved control and traction when crossing rocks and very uneven terrain. That’s on top of standard traction control, terrain response, hill descent control, stability control and the firm’s All-Terrain Progress Control – a low-speed cruise control for off-road use.
Price and release date
See the other exciting new cars revealed at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The SVX will sit at the top of the Discovery range, so expect prices to reflect that. It’s expected to cost more than £75,000 and should go on sale in late 2018.