According to comments made by head of SVO John Edwards to Car and Driver, the new SVX off-roaders will provide ‘the third side of the product triangle’, complementing the existing SVR (road performance oriented) and SVAutobiography (ultra luxurious) badges.
An SVX variant should break cover ‘relatively soon’, he says. He’s not letting on any details, but apparently the SVX vehicles will take inspiration from the Camel Trophy and Dakar Rally. Sounds promising… The next-gen Defender is the likeliest candidate, but we’d love it if the SVX treatment could also be lavished on members of the Discovery and Range Rover families.
One key difference between SVX and the two existing SV badges is that SVX will be reserved purely for Land Rover, whereas SVR and SVAutobiography is to be used across both Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles.
Defender SVX? Sounds familiar…
Yes, there have been previous incarnations of the Defender SVX badge. Deriving visually from the 1987 Land Rover Cariba, the 1999 SVX concept vehicle was built by Land Rover Special Vehicles and featured a beefed-up suspension, remapped Td5 engine, 20in alloys, rock sliders, a winch that could be mounted front or rear, and long-range fuel tanks.
When the vehicle entered production as the 60th anniversary limited edition in 2008, the TDCi Defender SVX upgrades were primarily limited to cosmetic detailing, roll cage, bigger audio system and Recaro seats.
The production SVX was a bit hit and still looks cool today. We can’t wait to see what Special Vehicle Operations comes up with.
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