The wild 2019 Land Rover Discovery SVX has been revealed at this week’s Frankfurt motor show, previewing the production model that will be arriving in Australian showrooms in the third quarter of next year.
Developed by the Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) Group’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division, the Discovery SVX joins other Land Rover SVO specials like the Range Rover Sport SVR and the Range Rover SVAutobiography.
Headlining the extra-special off-roading package is what lies under the bonnet – a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 pumping out 386kW of power and 625Nm of torque – making it the only V8-powered version of the fifth-generation Discovery.
Drive is sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission with twin-speed transfer box. Unlike other Discovery models, the SVX features a Pistol Shifter (above) as opposed to the wider line-up’s rotary gear selector for “optimum control of gear selection in off-road maneuvers”.
There’s a specially-tuned Terrain Response 2 system along with active centre and electronic rear-locking differentials, helping to optimise traction on all surfaces.
Compared to the standard car, the Discovery SVX sports improved approach, departure and breakover angles, thanks to its higher ride height and four-corner air suspension system – the latter featuring long-travel dampers and revised knuckles.
Filling the arches are large 20-inch forged alloy wheels wrapped in chunky 275/55 R20 tyres (above), which feature higher sidewalls to reduce contact pressure and improve performance on softer surfaces. The rubber’s aggressive tread also improves grip when driving through mud.
Externally, the SVX features unique front and rear bumper treatments with protective skid plates, along with exposed ‘Rush Orange’ metal recovery eyes – each rated at six tonnes. There’s also an anti-glare bonnet finish and a rear-mounted winch system.
Tectonic Grey is the name of the matte exterior paint finish, contrasted with a Narvik Black Dynamic front grille, and silver roof rails. Two light pods mounted on the roof help to improve visibility in low-visibility situations.
Inside, the Discovery SVX gets a unique colour and material combination, combining a Lunar and Light Oyster colour scheme with Rush Orange accents, along with ‘X’ logo perforations on the SVX-branded seats.
“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, JLR 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.”
The Land Rover Discovery SVX will be the first Land Rover model to be assembled at the SVO Technical Centre in the UK when production commences in 2018.
JLR Australia has already confirmed that local deliveries of the “ultimate Discovery” will begin from the third quarter of 2018, though pricing and specifications will be announced later this year.
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