For the Land Rover Defender enthusiasts that were heartbroken when 68 years of production final came to an end last year, there’s news from the manufacturer that might get your chest beating again.
It seems that Land Rover's SVO Technical Centre, famed for producing luxury modified versions of the Jaguar/Land Rover product, are going to get their hands on the new Discovery. However, rather than producing the refineries that the brand has become associated with, this project will focus specifically on making the discovery more ‘rough and tough’.
The extreme 4x4 will be built so that it can endure and compete in punishing races like the Paris-Dakar and the Camel Trophy. Therefore, it is thought that SVO will focus more on the car’s ability to handle extreme off-road situations, rather than just straight forward performance.
It seems likely that the Discovery will go through an extensive overhaul to meet SVO’s expectations, including a reworked chassis and body cladding. It is expected that the 3.0-litre TDV6 engine available in the current top of the range Discovery models will be used to keep this beast moving forward.
It’ll be an exciting step for Land Rover, not at least because it moves slightly away from what SVO have done with the more refined Range Rover SV, but more because it’s just a fantastic product. While the Range Rover SV just focuses purely on comfort and performance, of which is arguably geared to on-road driving, SVO’s intentions here will be completely different. The emphasis of this product is going to be heavy weighted to endurance and taking on any terrain.
Rumour has it that the model will be called the ‘Discovery SVX’.
We certainly can’t wait to see it.