Land Rover Discovery SVX could have the top-spec 3.0-litre V6 engine tuned for greater power and torque in order to tackle extreme off-roading
If you have ever been starring at the new generation Land Rover Discovery and thinking, why would it not have become more extreme? Your prayers might be answered here. Jaguar Land Rover seems to be planning for an all-new hardcore version of the Discovery SUV according to a report emerged on Auto Express.
It will be headed by the Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) that specialises in making the tough look tougher and hit the turf harder. On the sidelines of 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the CEO of SVO division, John Edwards, told the British publication that it will be in between “Paris Dakar and Camel Trophy”.
Going by the previous reports that surfaced over the internet for the last two years, the out-and-out off-road variant could be christened as the SVX. But with the name still unconfirmed, expect it to have an off-road focussed powertrain with good low-end torque, a versatile gearbox, additional lighting elements for greater visibility, aggressive body cladding and side skirts, bigger off-road tyres and a retuned chassis over the standard Discovery.
It is expected to be based on the high-end 3.0-litre V6 petrol motor. The stock power output of 254 bhp could be increased along with revision made to internal components to hike the peak torque for the ease of better pulling can also be made. The interior of the luxurious Discovery could be updated to form better supported seats.
Moreover, the suspension could also be reworked to nullify the tough off-roading surfaces with bigger brakes for superior stopping capability. The launch timeline of the Discovery SVX has not been known yet but John Edwards did say there will be one new halo product arriving each year for the next three or four years.
Therefore, we can assume that the SVX could appear sometime during 2018. A SVO top-end variant based on the F-Pace seems to be on the cards as well.