Published on September 23rd, 2017 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Hand Built Land Rover Discovery SVX for any terrain
SVO designers and engineers are embedded within the Land Rover team and have unleashed their own passion for adventure to create another truly desirable and versatile vehicle in the Land Rover line-up.
Offered with Jaguar Land Rover’s 5.0-litre Supercharged V8 petrol powertrain, tuned to deliver 525PS peak power and 625Nm torque, the Discovery SVX has a number of functional suspension modifications to enhance driver confidence when tackling the toughest terrain. A model-first for Discovery on SVX is Hydraulic Active Roll Control (H-ARC) system, which gives increased wheel articulation and improved body control, enhancing extreme off-road traction while also reducing body roll for smooth and sure-footed on-road driving.
SVX features improved approach, departure and break over angles, achieved by raising both the lightweight aluminum monocoque architecture and the four-corner air suspension system, employing long-travel dampers and revised knuckles, and fitting larger 815mm diameter 275/55 R20 Goodyear Wrangler all-terrain tyres on forged aluminum alloy wheels. The tyres’ increased side-wall height reduces contact pressure and improves performance on soft surfaces. Combined with a more aggressive tread pattern, this improves grip in muddy conditions.
Discovery SVX is also equipped with active centre and electronic rear locking differentials and incorporates traction control to maximize grip on all surfaces. Complementing these hardware upgrades are software calibrations for the eight-speed Automatic Transmission with twin-speed transfer box, and Discovery’s dynamics systems including optimized Terrain Response 2, 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 (EPAS). Discovery SVX also features a model-first Pistol Shifter in place of the Drive select rotary shifter to offer the driver optimum control of gear selection in off-road maneuvers.
In addition, the Discovery SVX gains new technologies including a 12.3-inch Interactive Driver Display TFT (Thin Film Transistor) instrument cluster, standard on HSE and HSE Luxury models. The state-of-the-art high-resolution panel provides contemporary graphics that create the impression of 3D surfaces with exceptional clarity and allow the driver to personalize the visual display. All derivatives of the latest Discovery also feature Touch Pro infotainment with Jaguar Land Rover’s 10-inch touchscreen interface on the centre console. Digital connectivity is enhanced with the introduction of 4G Wi-Fi on SE derivatives and above, providing superior connection speeds for up to eight mobile devices on the move.
Optional second-generation head-up display technology also provides a full-colour display and wider functionality, even projecting 4×4 information and improved navigation displays onto the windscreen ahead of the driver, while optional Cabin Air Ionisation is available on Discovery for the first time, delivering improved interior air quality for enhanced passenger well being.