A hardcore SVX Land Rover Defender might be in the works

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Land Rover Discovery SVX concept, 2017 Frankfurt auto show

Land Rover Discovery SVX idea, 2017 Frankfurt auto present

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It is unclear what the next-generation Land Rover Defender will carry when it lastly arrives—Land Rover says it is “not far-off”—however we do know the model is totally dedicated to retaining its off-road attraction. No matter go-anywhere functionality it might have, Land Rover is reportedly mulling an much more hardcore Defender SVX.

In accordance with AutocarLand Rover design boss Gerry McGovern believes the “final functionality machine might be Defender,” and the brand new badge previewed with the Discovery nameplate would “arguably” be proper at house on the Defender. Within the meantime, the manufacturing model of the Discovery SVX will fill a void left by the outgoing Defender. The rugged SUV exited manufacturing early final 12 months.

Land Rover Discovery SVX concept, 2017 Frankfurt auto show

Land Rover Discovery SVX idea, 2017 Frankfurt auto present

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What’s “SVX?” It is the badge affixed on no-frills off-roaders by Jaguar Land Rover Particular Car Operations. Most just lately, the Land Rover Discovery SVX idea confirmed what the SVX badge represents, and it is all good issues. Though it is a idea, Land Rover will carry a really related automobile to manufacturing in 2018.

It is exhausting to think about what a Defender SVX may embody since specifics on the brand new SUV are unknown, however the Particular Autos Operations labored the Discovery over fairly extensively. We might count on an identical course of for a proposed Defender SVX. The Discovery SVX idea options such off-road goodies as a hydraulic anti-roll system, a specifically tuned model of Land Rover’s Terrain Response 2 off-road driving modes selector, and 20-inch wheels fitted with 275/55 Goodyear Wrangler all-terrain tires. Below the hood it will get a well-known supercharged 5.Zero-liter V-Eight.

Not solely will the SVX denote probably the most excessive off-road functionality, however it’s going to carry a premium edge as properly, or what McGovern referred to as “premium sturdiness.” We could even see an electrified Defender variant crop up, too.

For now, solely Land Rover is aware of the Defender’s future.

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