2025 Defender SVX: Exclusive Spy Shots and Video
In 2022, JLR (formerly Jaguar Land Rover) made waves with the release of the V-8 equipped Defender. However, the rugged SUV is about to get even more exciting with an upcoming, high-performance V-8 option.
Anticipated to offer at least two V-8 variants, the Defender lineup will include the current Defender V8 that is already available, as well as a more robust version potentially branded as the SVX. This specialized model will take on competitors like the Ford Bronco Raptor and Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392, while adding a touch of luxury to the equation.
Recently, spy photographers captured prototypes of the potential Defender SVX, unveiling several noteworthy features. The prototype showcases a titanium exhaust system with four tailpipes, along with expanded wheel arches, an elevated suspension, mudflaps, and rugged BFGoodrich all-terrain tires. These tires are fitted on 20-inch wheels and measure 275/60 on both the front and rear axles.
Although the engine specifications remain uncertain, the current Defender V8 boasts Jaguar Land Rover’s supercharged 5.0-liter V-8, delivering an impressive 518 horsepower. However, it is speculated that the Defender SVX might receive a version of BMW’s twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8, which has already found its way into the latest Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models. In the Range Rover Sport SV, this BMW V-8 produces up to 626 horsepower, although a lower output is likely to be utilized in the rugged Defender variant.
As development progresses, additional details are expected to emerge. The Defender SVX is slated for a late reveal this year or early next year and is anticipated to hit the market as a 2025 model. It is worth noting that JLR has already announced its 2024 Defender lineup.
Notably, JLR’s Special Vehicle Operations had come close to launching the Discovery SVX a few years ago. This off-road-focused vehicle was set to be equipped with a V-8 engine and enhanced for challenging terrains. Although the Discovery SVX was ultimately canceled, JLR has not ruled out the possibility of future SVX models, maintaining the potential for an exceptional off-roading range within the SVO division, similar to the SVR track-focused lineup and SVAutobiography ultra-luxury range.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Defender SVX
What is the Defender SVX?
The Defender SVX is an upcoming variant of the Land Rover Defender, designed to offer a more hardcore and high-performance version of the rugged SUV.
How many V-8 options will be available for the Defender?
The Defender lineup is expected to include at least two V-8 options. The first is the regular Defender V8, which is already on sale. The second is the more capable Defender SVX, targeting competitors like the Ford Bronco Raptor and Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 while incorporating luxury elements.
What are the key features of the potential Defender SVX?
Spy shots of the prototype reveal several notable features. These include a titanium exhaust with quad tips, widened wheel arches, a raised suspension, mudflaps, and BFGoodrich all-terrain tires. The prototype also sports 20-inch wheels with 275/60 tires on the front and rear.
What engine is expected to power the Defender SVX?
While it is not yet confirmed, there are speculations about the engine for the Defender SVX. The current Defender V8 utilizes Jaguar Land Rover’s supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 with 518 horsepower. However, it is possible that the SVX variant might employ a version of BMW’s twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8, which has been used in recent Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models.
When will the Defender SVX be revealed and available?
The Defender SVX is expected to be revealed late this year or early next year and is anticipated to be released as a 2025 model. It is worth noting that JLR has already announced its 2024 Defender lineup.
Has Land Rover released similar off-road-focused models in the past?
Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division had previously come close to launching the Discovery SVX, a V-8-powered vehicle with off-road enhancements. However, the Discovery SVX project was ultimately canceled. Nevertheless, JLR has not ruled out the possibility of future SVX models, potentially establishing an exceptional off-roading range within the SVO division.
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