Land Rover will soon be offering an even more capable SUV to compete with the Mercedes G-Class


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We'll start with an apology to any fans of two-door Subarus who have found this page via a wayward Google search. Because the SVX that brings us here isn't the compellingly bizarre Giugiaro-designed 1990s coupe'one of the biggest automotive flops of the past 25 years'but rather Land Rover's plans to use the acronym for some butched-up off-road models.

As with most of the interesting stuff happening at Jaguar Land Rover, this is the work of the company's newly formed Special Vehicle Operations division. And, yes, it involves more acronyms. In a recent interview, SVO boss John Edwards told us that it plans to launch SVX models to provide 'added capability' alongside the performance-orientated SVR and luxurious SVAutobiography versions the division is also charged with creating.

But while we'll see SVR and'we believe'SVAutobiography versions of both Jaguar and Land Rover products, SVX will be exclusive to Land Rover. There are no more details to go on at the moment, but we're told to look at events like the Camel Trophy and Dakar Rally to see the inspiration for the new direction, which will combined increased performance with radically improved off-road performance. So something like a Bowler Wildcat then' Or a Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6'6' 'It could be either of those things, it could be both,' said Edwards, enigmatically. 'This is the third side of the product triangle, and one that we think has got huge potential.'