Land Rover has officially unveiled the new Discovery SVX following its appearance earlier today.
Created by Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations, the SVX will become the most powerful Discovery model thanks to its supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine that produces 525 PS (386 kW) and 625 Nm (461 lb-ft) of torque.
Despite its performance credentials, the SVX is designed to be a hardcore off-roader. As part of this initiative, the model has been equipped with a Hydraulic Active Roll Control system which helps to improve wheel articulation, body control, and off-road traction. The model’s approach, departure, and breakover angles have also been improved thanks to a raised air suspension, long-travel dampers, and revised knuckles. Designers also installed 20-inch alloy wheels with Goodyear Wrangler all-terrain tires.
The off-road modifications don’t stop there as the SVX boasts center and rear locking differentials. Land Rover also equipped the model with unique transmission software as well as an optimized Terrain Response 2 system. Other highlights include Hill Descent Control, Electronic Traction Control, and All-Terrain Progress Control.
The model being shown in Frankfurt is being described as a “production preview” and it features unique bumpers, protective skid plates, and an integrated rear winch. Drivers will also find a light bar, Rush Orange accents, and a handful of recovery hooks.
The interior largely carries over but it features two-tone seats with Rush Orange accents and perforated “X” logos. The standard rotary shifter has also been replaced by a pistol-grip shifter that promises to give the driver “optimum control of gear selection in off-road maneuvers.”
The Discovery SVX will go into production next year and additional information will likely be announced closer to launch.