Revealed: Land Rover’s ultimate off-roader – and it’s being made in Coventry
It’s being billed as the ultimate Land Rover and will be hand-built by skilled engineers in Coventry.
Coventry car maker Jaguar Land Rover has unveiled its latest new model in the shape of the Discovery SVX.
The new model, described as “the ultimate all-terrain Discovery” is the first Land Rover to be bestowed with an SVX badge and will be produced at the firm’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) centre in Ryton-on-Dunsmore.
The new vehicle is having its first appearance at the Frankfurt IAA motorshow today.
Fitted with a 525hp 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol engine the Discovery SVX boasts increased ground clearance, body and suspension lifts, greater wheel articulation, large diameter all-terrain tyres, tuned Terrain Response 2 system, Active Roll Control and a rear-mounted winch.
What has inspired it?
Land Rover say the Discovery SVX is a worthy wearer of a badge that is synonymous with off-roading, since the first Land Rover was launched almost 70 years ago.
To show it means business Land Rover designers have referenced features of iconic Discovery off-road challenge vehicles, such as those used for Camel Trophy and G4 Challenge events.
Gerry McGovern, Land Rover chief design officer, who is from Coventry, said: “The combination of design excellence and engineering integrity inherent in every Land Rover is the foundation of everything we do.
“The Discovery SVX reinforces Land Rover’s unrivalled reputation for building vehicles with true all-terrain capability for customers who desire the ultimate in off-road performance.”
What the bosses say
Land Rover say the Discovery SVX will deliver the ultimate in capability and desirability.
John Edwards, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations managing director, said: “SVO designers and engineers are embedded within the Land Rover team and have unleashed their own passion for adventure to create another truly desirable and versatile vehicle in the Land Rover line-up.”
Jeremy Hicks, managing director, Jaguar Land Rover UK, added: “The new Discovery SVX embodies the ultimate in adventure and capability of the Discovery family.”
What has it got that sets it apart?
The Discovery SVX has a number of suspension modifications to help drivers tackle the toughest terrain.
A model-first is Hydraulic Active Roll Control (H-ARC) system, which gives increased wheel articulation and improved body control, enhancing extreme off-road traction while also reducing body roll for on-road driving.
SVX features improved approach, departure and breakover angles, achieved by raising both the 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.
The tyres’ increased side-wall height reduces contact pressure and improves 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 and incorporates traction control to maximise grip on all surfaces.
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 optimised Terrain Response 2, 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 new Pistol Shifter in place of the Drive select rotary shifter to make it easier for drivers off-road.
How do you get hold of one and how much will it cost?
Prospective clients are invited to register their interest in Discovery SVX at www.landrover.co.uk .
Prices will not be announced until next year but given it’s being hand-built by Jaguar Land Rover SVO at Ryton don’t expect it to be cheap.