Land Rover’s been making awesome offroad vehicles for years, and despite their more recent focus on luxury SUV’s, it doesn’t look like they have any plans to stop. The Discovery SVX is the newest rendition of the iconic Discovery (also known as the LR4), and – engineered the Special Vehicle Operations division – the most rugged yet. In fact, the official press release bills it as “the most extreme Land Rover yet”. Bold words.
For this new generation, Land Rover has unveiled a slightly more rounded, sleeker body. It’s still unmistakably a Land Rover, but looks just a little bit more modern, and a bit more rugged: they’ve raised both the unibody chassis and the air suspension system, and coupled the forged aluminum wheels with 275/55/20 Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain tires. The bumpers are much more aggressive and off-road oriented, with special skid plates, a Narvik Black Dynamic grille and side vents, and orange trim at strategically aesthetic spots. An LED light on the roof adds some Jeep-esque vibes, and a special edition Tectonic Gray paint job orange finishes out the ensemble. On the inside, there’s special seats with SVX badges, and orange accents that match the exterior trim.
Land Rover has also added something called Hydraulic Active Roll Control, which gives the SVX better wheel articulation and improves body control, therefore enhancing traction while reducing body roll. Furthermore, there’s hill descent control and All-Terrain Progress Control, and Land Rover’s already familiar Terrain Response 2 system, helping make the Discovery SVX ready for just about any terrain.
But we can’t forget about under the hood: the SVX is powered by a 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 gas engine with 518 hp and 461 lb-ft of torque. That’s more twice the power of the regular, 3.0-liter Discovery. It’s got an 8-speed automatic transmission and two-speed transfer case.
The Discovery SVX will go into production in 2018, and looks like a worthy heir to the Discovery line. We’ll be waiting.