Autocar - - NEWS - MARK TIS­SHAW

The Dis­cov­ery SVX goes some way to tid­ing over the Land Rover prod­uct range with an ex­treme and purely off-road-fo­cused ve­hi­cle that has been miss­ing since the De­fender went out of pro­duc­tion early last year.

The ca­pa­bil­ity of Land Rover’s prod­ucts on all ter­rains is not in doubt, yet the off-road im­age and life­style the brand por­trays has lacked the poster child to give the brand the au­then­tic­ity it needs.

De­spite be­ing a slow seller near the end of its life, the De­fender played a vi­tal role in val­i­dat­ing Land Rover’s brand im­age and al­low­ing it to cred­i­bly pro­duce mod­els like the more dar­ing Evoque and road-fo­cused Ve­lar.

A new De­fender to give the brand that au­then­tic­ity again is still not due for at least a cou­ple of years, so the Dis­cov­ery SVX is a wel­come ar­rival to per­form that role in the mean­time.

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