Land Rover is preparing a range of high-performance "SVX" badged models for its family of SUVs and off-roaders, which could see the British marque joining Mercedes-Benz in offering a number of special-edition hi-po 4x4s.
To be built by Jaguar Land Rover's Special Vehicle Operations division (also responsible for the Range Rover Sport SVR), Land Rover's offerings are expected to have a more off-road focus and draw inspiration from the heavily modified Defenders that compete in the Dakar endurance rally.
Speaking to US mag Car and Driver, SVO chief John Edwards declined to drop any hints about which products would receive the SVX treatment first. However he did say that we could expect to see the first model "relatively soon".
Both the Discovery and Discovery Sport would be good candidates for a performance makeover, but the humble Defender could very well be the first to flaunt an SVX badge. Rumours of a factory-tuned Defender have been circulating since October last year.
Failing that, the next-generation Defender is also a good candidate for SVO's attention.
Whichever model it is, will it be something as radical as the Mercedes-Benz G 63 AMG 6x6? Maybe, maybe not, but we shouldn't have too long to wait to find out. Watch this space.
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