The Defender SVX will get rugged appears, hardcore off-road gear and a extra highly effective V8.
Land Rover has begun work on a radical new range-topping Defender to tackle the upcoming Mercedes-AMG G500 4×4 Squared. This rugged Defender could possibly be a long-awaited spearhead for the dormant SVX sub-brand from the British SUV maker.
- Rugged Defender to tackle upcoming G500 4X4
- Will get hardcore off-road gear
- Anticipated to get a extra highly effective V8 engine
Land Rover Defender SVX: What to anticipate?
Jaguar Land Rover’s Particular Automobile Operations division (SVO) deliberate to launch the SVX model for essentially the most excessive reworkings of series-production fashions and to promote them alongside SVR and SVAutobiography automobiles.
The primary mannequin on this household was to be the 518hp V8-powered Discovery SVX, however that was cancelled in 2019, with Land Rover telling our sister publication Autocar UK the badge would dwell on for different, unspecified fashions. JLR design boss Gerry McGovern had earlier prompt it could “arguably” be applicable for future Defender fashions. Now, as prototypes of closely modified Land Rover Defender have been seeing doing rounds close to the Nürburgring Nordschleife, it appears the SVX plan could possibly be again on.
Energy is anticipated to be provided from the supercharged 5.0-litre V8 utilized by the prevailing Defender V8, which, in that utility, produces 518hp for a 0-100kph time of 4.9sec. The Defender SVX could have loads of visible differentiations from the usual SUV. The wheel arches, for instance, will likely be closely flared, the suspension is anticipated to be raised, the wheels and tyres will likely be bespoke all-terrain objects amongst different distinctive tweaks.
It could possibly be the same therapy to that utilized to the closely modified previous-generation Defender within the 2015 James Bond movie Spectre. Different defining options of that extremely unique creation had been its exterior roll-cage, entrance winch and protecting physique components.
Whereas the usual Defender V8 competes with Mercedes-AMG’s big-selling, the G63 SUV, this variant would extra carefully rival the extra excessive G500 4×4 Squared, which is anticipated to enter its second era this yr.
Land Rover plans for India
The Defender is at the moment on sale right here with a number of variants and bodystyles. Moreover, deliveries for the all-new Vary Rover will begin in India later this yr.
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