Land Rover Discovery SVX Confirmed, Again: Will Be Between ‘Paris-Dakar and Camel Trophy’

Mar 28, 2017 06:50 AM EDT | Andrew Davis

The new Land Rover Discovery SVX has yet again been confirmed by Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) boss. This new extreme version will be something "between Paris-Dakar and Camel Trophy."

It was back in 2015 when news broke that the possibility of a Discovery SVX is in the pipeline. Further, that the company has an estimated time-to-market time of 12 to 18 months.

Clearly, that timeline has long set sail. But Auto Express spoke with John Edwards, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations, during the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

"I can't tell you what the SV version of the Discovery will be like but in my mind it will be in between Paris Dakar and Camel Trophy," John Edwards said. "Somewhere in there is a product waiting to get out."

Although details are scarce as of this writing, the upcoming Land Rover Discovery SVX could be based on the latest Discovery 5.So, expect extra body cladding, high-lift suspensions, spotlights, larger off-road tires, and a reworked chassis for the best possible off-road capability. Also, the Discovery SVX will be equipped with bolt-on wheel arches to accommodate those large tires with armored bash plates in order to protect the vehicle from sharp rocks, reports Motoring Au.

In terms of its drivetrain, the Land Rover Discovery SVX could just be powered by one engine. It could sport that most powerful 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel mated to an 8-speed auto. Thus, the engine could possibly produce 254bhp and 442.54 lb-ft of torque.

Just like the highly talked about 2018 Range Rover Velar, its interior will surely receive a major upgrade such as supportive seats and harnesses to help with driving at steep angles and could come with the latest off-roading tech.

John Edwards goes on to say that they plan to introduce the new halo product every year for the next three or four years. Hence, he hinted that the Land Rover Discovery SVX could grace covers by the latter part of 2017 or in 2018. In the meantime, check out the show and tell of the 2017 Land Rover Discovery in the video below as we wait for the Discovery SVX.

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