Land Rover has revealed the
Discovery SVX for off-road enthusiasts at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The
vehicle comes with extreme all-terrain capability. Discovery SVX will be the first Land Rover
hand-assembled by expert craftsmen at the Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) Technical
Centre in the UK when production begins in 2018.
Since its launch in 2016 the
fifth-generation Discovery, built on Land Rover’s strong, safe and light
aluminium architecture, is considered as the world’s best full-size versatile
SUV. That makes it the perfect base for SVO’s first SVX vehicle. New Discovery
is the first modern Land Rover to wear the SVX badge.
SVX takes Discovery versatility
to new levels through further development of its formidable off-road ability.
It will be offered exclusively with Jaguar Land Rover’s 5.0-litre supercharged
V8 petrol powertrain, tuned to deliver 518hp peak power and 625Nm torque, along
with suspension modifications to enhance driver confidence when tackling the
Hydraulic Active Roll Control
(H-ARC), is new to Discovery on SVX. It gives increased wheel articulation and
improved body control, enhancing extreme off-road traction while also reducing
body roll for smooth and sure-footed on-road driving.
Discovery SVX has improved
approach, departure and breakover angles, achieved by raising both the
lightweight aluminium monocoque architecture and the four-corner air suspension
system, employing long-travel dampers and revised knuckles, and fitting larger
815mm diameter 275/55 R20 Goodyear Wrangler all-terrain tyres on forged
aluminium alloy wheels.
Tyres with higher side-walls
reduce contact pressure and improve performance on soft surfaces. Combined with
a more aggressive tread pattern, this improves grip in muddy conditions.
Discovery SVX is also equipped
with active centre and electronic rear locking differentials which work with
the specially tuned Terrain Response 2 system to optimise traction on all
Complementing these hardware
upgrades are unique software calibrations for the eight-speed automatic
transmission with twin-speed transfer box, and Discovery’s dynamics systems
including Hill Descent Control, Electronic Traction Control (ETC), Adaptive
Dynamics, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), All-Terrain Progress Control (ATPC)
and variable ratio electric power-assisted steering (EPAS). Discovery SVX also
features a model-first Pistol Shifter in place of the Drive select rotary
shifter to offer the driver optimum control of gear selection in off-road
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