The 2017 Land Rover Discovery infused modern elegance into what was previously a rugged concept, but don’t take that to mean the automaker forgot what these babies were made for. Here to prove as much is the formidable Land Rover Discovery SVX. The all-terrain vehicle was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show and will officially drop in 2018. Featuring more ground clearance, more power and more control, the Disco SVX takes off-roading to its furthest extreme.
As part of Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) product line, the Discovery SVX joins the ranks of acclaimed off-roaders like the Range Rover SVR and the Range Rover SV Autobiography. Needless to say, the Disco SVX carries the torch accordingly. It hosts the same lightweight aluminium architecture as the 2017 Disco. That’s joined by a significant increase in ground clearance, body and suspension lifts and massive all-terrain tyres. Under the hood is a new 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol powertrain that serves up 525 hp and 460 lb/ft of torque. Translation: this ride is even faster and more powerful than necessary.
The SVX is also the first Discovery equipped with a Terrain Response 2 system and Active Roll Control. Both innovations deliver improved traction and body control in the face of ground turbulence. Meanwhile, the interior layout is analogous to the 2017 Discovery, complete with leather seats and a 10″ touchscreen display. In other words, expect some pampering even in the most hostile of terrains.
Land Rover Chief Design Officer, Gerry McGovern, said the following: “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 unrivalled reputation for building vehicles with true all-terrain capability for customers who desire the ultimate in off-road performance.”