2018 Land Rover Discovery SVX Revealed
The ultimate all-terrain Land Rover has been introduced at the Frankfurt Auto Show in the guise of the 2018 Discovery SVX, a special model developed by the British off-road specialist’s Special Vehicle Operations. It will be the first Land Rover hand-assembled by the SVO Technical Center in the U.K. when production begins early next year.
The heart of this new brawny 4-wheel drive off-roader is a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine making 518 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with a 2-speed transfer case. The Discovery SVX also benefits from a Hydraulic Active Roll Control (H-ARC) which gives increased wheel articulation, improved body control and enhanced off-road traction while retaining composed on-road handling. A 4-corner air suspension system coupled with a higher ride height for the aluminum monocoque body and long-travel shocks improves the vehicle’s approach and departure angles for greater off-road capability.
“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,” said Mark Stanton, Land Rover’s SVO director. “Discovery SVX is designed to reward off-road driving enthusiasts with the next level of all-terrain capability, without compromising comfort and practicality.”
New pistol-grip shifter
Among the features on the SVX are hill descent control, adaptive dynamics and dynamic stability control, all-terrain progress control and a new pistol-grip shifter in place of the drive select rotary shifter found on standard Land Rover models. The Discovery SVX is also equipped with active center and electronic rear locking differentials.
The 2018 Discovery SVX also has distinctive exterior design cues that recall iconic Land Rover off-road challenge vehicles, such as those used in the Camel Trophy and G4 Challenge events. Among these touches are unique front and rear bumpers with integral skid plates and orange colored recover eyelets, an anti-glare matte finish on the hood and a built-in winch system at the rear of the vehicle. This SUV is finished in a Tectonic Gray matte paint with black accents on the side vents, grille and roof rail. Inside sports a light oyster and orange color scheme.
Production numbers, pricing and global markets that will get the 2018 Land Rover Discovery SVX will be announced closer to production start-up.