Land Rover Defender might soon be offroading-capable with upcoming SVX variant

Article by Christian A., on October 18, 2017

It can no longer be denied that Jaguar Land Rover wants to design some more hardcore type versions of their SUV range --- soon after launching the Discovery SVX only the previous month. As reported by Autocar recently, Gerry McGovern, British Design Director for Land Rover, reveals the possibility of adding an SVX badge into the Discovery lineup.

The SVX badge is created by Special Vehicle Operations, Jaguar Land Rover’s performance arm which designs the majority of its off-road models. In fact, both Jaguar and Land Rover have implied the SVX's advantage both for the next generation Defender and Jaguar SUVs. Jaguar’s director for design Ian Callum likewise stated their interest in the SVX badge. During the recent interview with British media outlet, Callum said that if Land Rover can provide its SUVs with an SVR, Jaguar can do the same with an SVX variant. If ever, this concept will likely apply on the I-Pace, E-Pace and F-Pace models as these are the only Jaguars with off-roading capabilities at this point.

With regards to Land Rover, Mc Govern believes that both premium design and durability should come hand in hand--- especially for an off-road SUV. And he believes that this could be achieved even without going all the way down to the basics. This is also why he thinks the next generation Defender is heading towards this direction.

The Discovery SVX that was on display at the Frankfurt Auto show is Jaguar Land Rover SVO’s first off-road project. Its design was taken primarily from the regular Discovery model but it features a better approach, improved departure, and increased break over angles. Among its distinctive characteristics are the special light bar, two electric winches and 20-inch alloy wheels fitted to a set of SVX-specified Goodyear Wrangler all-terrain performance tires measuring 275/55R20.

Land Rover SVO likewise provided the Discovery SVX with a more powerful 5.0-liter V8 that delivers an impressive 518hp (386kW) and 461 lb-ft (625Nm) of torque, making it the most potent in the Discovery lineup. The Discovery SVX is also the first hand-built Land Rover which came all the way from the UK’s Special Vehicle Operations’ Technical Center. Land Rover, as we know, will launch the production Discovery SVX in 2018.

Despite not saying exactly which models will receive the off-road treatment or the SVX badge, Jaguar Land Rover happens to mention the Defender quite a number of times which opens up to all possibilities in the coming future. Unlike the Range Rover model which McGovern thinks is not suitable for an SVX, the Defender is seen to benefit from it more than any other SUVs from the Discovery range. Hence, we’re keeping our fingers crossed.

Source: autocar.co.uk

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