Land Rover Discovery SVX, a hardcore off-road Discovery to debut at 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

Land Rover Discovery SVX has been equipped with specially tuned Terrain Response 2 system and Active Roll Control, a first for the Discovery family. It is also the first Land Rover model to be assembled at the SVO Technical Centre in the UK.

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Land Rover Discovery SVX

Land Rover will preview the new Discovery SVX at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The new Land Rover Discovery SVX is an all-terrain SUV that will be the first Land Rover to be assembled at the company's Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) Technical Centre in the UK. Production of the car will begin in 2018 and it will be the first Land Rover model to get the SVX badging.

The Discovery SVX is based on a lightweight aluminium monocoque architecture and features a modified four-corner air suspension system. It is powered by Jaguar Land Rover’s 5.0 litre supercharged V8 petrol engine that develops 523 hp of maximum power and 625 Nm peak torque. The engine will be paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission with a twin-speed transfer box. In order to aid its off-roading capabilities, the company has fitted the SVX with 275/55 R20 Goodyear Wrangler all-terrain tyres on forged aluminium alloy wheels. The tyres have higher sidewalls that reduce contact pressure and improves performance on a normal road surface, while the aggressive tread pattern improves grip in muddy conditions.

The car manufacturer, for the first time, has equipped the Discovery with tuned Hydraulic Active Roll Control (H-ARC) for increased wheel articulation and improved body control, thus, enhances off-road traction while at the same time reduces body roll for comfortable driving. The new Discovery SVX is also equipped with active centre and electronic rear locking differentials that work with the Terrain Response 2 system. It also gets safety features such as 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 has always been a bold testimony of Land Rover's off-road engineering prowess and that has been showcased through multiple off-road challenge vehicles over the years. Some of the iconic versions include the ones that were used in the Camel Trophy and G4 Challenge events. In order to lend the same character of go-anywhere ability to the SVX, Land Rover designers have drawn inspiration from these vehicles and have given the SVX a more purposeful look.

The new Land Rover Discovery SVX will be positioned alongside the Range Rover Sport SVR and Range Rover SVAutobiography. The new Discovery SVX will make its global debut at Frankfurt IAA along with other Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles including the Range Rover Sport SVR, Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic, Jaguar F-TYPE SVR and Jaguar XE SV Project 8.

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The new vehicle will be available with exclusive colour options like Tectonic Grey paint finish, a combination of the Lunar and Light Oyster with Rush Orange accents inside and ‘X’ logo perforations on the SVX branded seats. The side vents will get V8 badging, a Narvik Black Dynamic on the grille, black roof rails and a roof-mounted unit with two light pods for improved low-light visibility.

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