Land Rover has revealed the Discovery SVX, the ultimate SUV for off-road enthusiasts seeking epic adventures. The new Land Rover Discovery SVX was launched at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA 2017).
The Land Rover Discovery SVX adds extreme all-terrain capability to the SUV. Created by the Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) department it will sit alongside the acclaimed Range Rover Sport SVR and Range Rover SVAutobiography, which are hallmarks of outstanding on-road performance and supreme luxury respectively.
The new Discovery SVX will also be the first Land Rover that will be hand-assembled by the expert craftsmen at the SVO Technical Centre in the UK when production begins in 2018.
“SVO designers are embedded within the Land Rover team and have worked with our engineers to unleash their own passion for adventure to create another truly desirable and versatile vehicle in the Land Rover line-up,” said John Edwards, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations Managing Director
The new Discovery SVX builds on the legendary Land Rover all-terrain capability and adventurous spirit to deliver the ultimate in off-road performance and desirability. It embodies the design excellence and engineering integrity that are core values of every Land Rover vehicle.
“The SVX product line gives us a fantastic opportunity to deliver the ultimate Land Rover all-terrain capability in a dynamic and distinctive manner, creating a rugged and versatile SUV that the whole family will love: effortless, unstoppable and connected, whatever the terrain. Discovery SVX is designed to reward off-road driving enthusiasts with the next level of all-terrain capability, without compromising comfort and practicality,” said Mark Stanton, SVO Director.
The new Discovery SVX will be powered exclusively by the Jaguar Land Rover’s 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol engine that develops 525 PS of power and 625 Nm of torque. The suspension system has been modified modifications to enhance driver confidence when tackling the toughest terrain. The Discovery SVX is equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission with twin-speed transfer box.
Also new on the Land Rover Discover SVX is the Hydraulic Active Roll Control (H-ARC). It provides increased wheel articulation and improved body control, enhancing extreme off-road traction. It also reduces body roll for smooth and sure-footed on-road driving.
The offroad SUV employs long-travel dampers and re-engineered knuckles which have raised the lightweight aluminum monocoque architecture and the four-corner air suspension system. The SUV now rides on larger 815 mm diameter 275/55 R20 Goodyear Wrangler all-terrain tires that are wrapped around forged aluminum alloy wheels. These tires have deeper tread pattern which improves grip in muddy conditions and the higher side-walls reduce contact pressure and improve performance on soft surfaces.
The Land Rover Discovery SVX is also equipped with active center and electronic rear locking differentials. These work with the specially tuned Terrain Response 2 system to optimise traction on all kind of surfaces.
The dynamics system of the new Land Rover Discovery SVX includes Hill Descent Control, Adaptive Dynamics, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Electronic Traction Control (ETC), All-Terrain Progress Control (ATPC) and variable ratio electric power-assisted steering (EPAS). It is also the first model to feature the Pistol Shifter in place of the Drive select rotary shifter. This provides the driver optimum control of gear selection in off-road driving.
To give the Land Rover Discovery SVX a distinctive look the design team has visually enhanced the SUV to reflect its robustness and go-further ability. Iconic Discovery off-road challenge vehicles such as those used for Camel Trophy and G4 Challenge events have been the inspiration behind the distinctive, aggressive and purposeful appearance of the Discovery SVX.
“The combination of design excellence and engineering integrity inherent in every Land Rover is the foundation of everything we do. The Discovery SVX reinforces Land Rover’s unrivaled reputation for building vehicles with true all-terrain capability for customers who desire the ultimate in off-road performance,” said Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Chief Design Officer.
The Land Rover Discovery SVX at showcased at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show features unique front and rear bumpers with protective skid plates. The exposed Rush Orange finished metal recovery eyes are each rated to enable recovery of more than six tonnes. It also gets an integrated rear-mounted electric winch system along with an anti-glare finish on the bonnet.
The SUV stands outs thanks to the Rush Orange accents and the exclusive satin Tectonic Grey paint finish which is a unique color and material combination of Lunar and Light Oyster. It also gets a Narvik Black Dynamic grille, unique Narvik Black side vents with V8 badging, black roof rails and a roof-mounted unit with two additional light pods. Inside, the adventure vehicle gets ‘X’ logo perforations on the SVX-branded seats