Land Rover Discovery to Get Hardcore Off-Road Model

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Land Rover Discovery to Get Hardcore Off-Road Model

Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division is said to be working on a new Discovery variant that places an extreme emphasis on off-road capability.

Not much is known about the upcoming off-roader, with SVO Boss John Edwards remaining fairly tight-lipped when he mentioned the model to AutoExpress. He said he imagines the car “will be in between Paris Dakar and Camel Trophy,” which are two world famous off-road races (the latter being defunct) that frequently feature Land Rover vehicles.

As with other off-road focused SUVs, it’s likely that heightened suspension, knobby off-road tires, tough body cladding  and an off-road ready chassis will all be in store for the extra capable Discovery.  The model may be based off of the 254 horsepower 3.0-liter diesel engine in Europe and abroad, but if it makes it to North America, the presence of the 340 horsepower 3.0-liter supercharged V6 is much more likely. Ideally, both engines will be offered in the off-road friendly variant.

ALSO SEE: 2017 Land Rover Discovery Review

Land Rover says it plans on introducing an all-new halo model every three or four years, which means the off-road Discovery may arrive late this year in time for an early 2018 launch or sometime next year. The last production Land Rover to leave the automaker’s ‘Special Vehicle’ center was the Range Rover Sport SVR – a sport focused model that makes 550 horsepower from Jaguar Land Rover’s supercharger 5.0-liter V8 engine. It was first shown in 2015, meaning a new halo car from Land Rover should be just around the corner.

[Source: AutoExpress]

  • Right of right

    Why does any one buy this junk? Expensive, brakes down, and resale value in the toilet. I drive a Lexus 570 LX. 30,000 km now and not one issue. High resale.

  • Edward Villamaria

    180K on our 2004 Disco SE7. Pulled many other “pseudo-SUVs” out of stuck situations thanks to a real 4×4 trans, not this “grip for wheels that slip” nonsense.

  • Joseph Grigsby

    Because it’s not as dull as driving a Lexus. 😉 I sold my 83 Toyota pickup for $1200 more than I paid for my 96 Range Rover. The Range Rover is a better and more comfortable and refined vehicle and just as capable off road.

  • Right of right

    You will have an exceiting time when you go to trade it in. I will have a….dull time.

  • Joseph Grigsby

    I won’t be trading it in. I’ll be selling it to a private party for a better price and enjoying the vehicle I have now. I’m more concerned with using my vehicle for the activities I enjoy now than worrying about how much I can get in 5 years for something that doesn’t suit my needs. Nothing wrong with a Lexus, but do you have any intention of ever towing or taking your Lexus off road?

  • Right of right

    I live in the Dominican Republic. The roads are the worst, and I go
    through rivers half way up my doors. I paid 170,000 USD for it.

    Taxes…..

  • Joseph Grigsby

    Dang! Well, good on ya for using it! No one in my neck of the woods would buy something like that to drive off road – only because they don’t want to scratch it, not because it’s not capable. It’s a shame when I see a land cruiser or something that won’t ever get to do what it was made to do.

  • Right of right

    Check out the prices in the Domicnian, the Land Rover is through the roof. Look. It
    looks much better then mine true enough. A friend bought one and paid well
    over 200,000. He has to drive 2 hours through the mountains for a
    service, and parts are a problem. I drive rough. Really rough, and
    with 32,000 km on it I do not have one rattle and squeak. Not one
    issue to repair. I will buy a Pearl white one now, the black gets to
    hot.

    Google Super carros Dominican Republic. For some reason they do not let me post the link without them approving first.