Jaguar Land Rover’s SVO (Special Vehicle Operations) has so far been specializing in go-fast F-Types and Range Rovers, but for the 2017 Frankfurt motor show it’s built a serious off-roader in the Discovery SVX.
The new SUV comes with a specially tuned Terrain Response 2 system, which lets the driver choose the type of terrain he or she is encountering and adjusts the brakes and traction control to suit conditions. There’s also Hydraulic-Active Roll Control, tech that permits more wheel articulation, improving way-off-road traction; finally, improved approach, departure and breakover angles help you climb over the steep stuff.
The Discovery SVX has more ground clearance than the basic Discovery, plus four-corner air suspension, long-travel dampers and revised knuckles, which help fit the 32-inch, 275/55R-20 Goodyear Wrangler all-terrain tires.
Of course, the Discovery SVX will get the normal off-road stuff, including active center and electronic rear locking differentials, which work with that terrain response system.
Though off-roading is the focus, that didn’t stop Land Rover from putting a big, supercharged V8 under the hood. In this application, the 5.0-liter makes 518 hp.
An eight-speed automatic and twin-speed transfer case work with safety features like 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 to keep everything right-side up and pointed straight.
As for visual upgrades, the SVX — not to be confused with the also-awesome Subaru SVX — features front and rear skid plates, Rush orange metal recovery hooks, an anti-glare hood and a winch in the rear. The body is finished in Tectonic gray.