Land Rover Discovery SVX cancelled, SVX name to live on

Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations team has less to do than initially planned. Land Rover scrapped plans for an ultra-opulent Range Rover SV Coupe in late January, and now we learn that the hardcore Discovery SVX off-roader is no longer headed to production.

Autocar reported the model’s death on Friday, though Jaguar-Land Rover spokesman Nathan Hoyt told Motor Authority the final decision was made months ago. The brand quietly sent a bulletin to customers who had placed orders for the Discovery SVX to explain the model was no longer planned. Notably, the SUV added JLR’s supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 engine to the Discovery lineup.

Land Rover Discovery SVX concept, 2017 Frankfurt auto show

Land Rover Discovery SVX concept, 2017 Frankfurt auto show

“The decision was made not to offer the V-8 powertrain in the Discovery line,” Hoyt told MA, which effectively killed the Discovery SVX’s shot at production. He added the SVX badge isn’t going away, however. It will live on for other models, perhaps on a rumored Defender SVX.

Land Rover design chief Gerry McGovern said in 2017 that the SVX would “arguably” be right at home on the 2021 Defender. The Discovery SVX was meant to fill the void left by the Defender when it exited production in 2016.

The Discovery SVX first graced the world in concept form at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. At that time, Land Rover declared a production version would follow in late 2018. That timeframe came and went, and now we know the SUV’s final fate.

Land Rover Discovery SVX concept, 2017 Frankfurt auto show

Land Rover Discovery SVX concept, 2017 Frankfurt auto show

Although the report did not give broader reasons, the Discovery SVX’s death could come as the company implements a $3.2 billion cost-cutting plan to boost savings and cash flow through 2020. In January, JLR also announced it would cut 4,500 jobs as part of the cost-cutting measures outlined in the plan. Jaguar Land Rover and other British automakers face an uncertain future in the face of undetermined Brexit plan. A so-called no-deal Brexit, in which no trade deals are negotiated, would prove very costly to British car brands.

It’s not all gloom, though. Land Rover this week unveiled its long-rumored turbocharged inline-6 engine, which will debut in the Range Rover Sport HST. The inline-6 joins the Ingenium family of engines and replaces the ancient and inefficient 3.0-liter supercharged V-6.

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Tesla’s ‘Party and Camping Mode’ coming in a ‘month or two’ says Elon Musk

Tesla owners looking forward to the release of a dedicated “Party and Camper Mode” for their electric cars can expect a month or two more of waiting. In a recent interaction on Twitter, Tesla CEO Elon Musk explained that the upcoming fun and comfort-oriented features were “pushed out a bit” due to the company prioritizing the development of its new and undoubtedly urgent security feature — Sentry Mode.

There are only a few details available regarding Party and Camping Mode, especially since Musk mentioned the feature months ago. When Musk teased the upcoming update on Twitter, he noted that the setting would allow Model S, X, and Model 3 to maintain air flow, temperature, selective lights, and music for “48 hours or more” while the vehicle is on Park. The feature will also allow owners to power electronic devices using their electric cars’ batteries.

The addition of a dedicated Party and Camping Mode would most definitely be welcomed by the Tesla community, considering that a number of owners are already using their vehicles as battery-powered sleeping quarters for the outdoors. Even before Tesla released an update in 2017 that allowed Climate Control to be enabled for extended periods of time, some owners were already adopting workarounds that would let them sleep comfortably in their vehicles.

This is partly due to the Model S and Model X’s generous cabin space. With the rear seats folded down, the Model S can accommodate a twin mattress. Some owner-enthusiasts such as Erik Strait of YouTube’s DÆrik channel were even able to fit an inflatable queen size mattress on the Model S. Some clever owners have used their electric cars as “Tesla Hotels” as well, with one even setting up electric candles inside the vehicle to provide a cozy atmosphere. A company, Dreamcase, has also developed custom mattresses and sleep gear for overnight Tesla excursions. 

One thing that’s pretty amazing with Tesla’s upcoming Party and Camping Mode is that the vehicles’ battery packs would likely provide more than enough power for a night full of fun and comfort. Tesla’s batteries are known for their hefty size, with the Model S’ recently-retired entry-level variant featuring a large 75 kWh pack. The Mid Range Model 3 RWD, which features the smallest battery capacity among the company’s vehicles today, is speculated to have an energy capacity of just over 60 kWh.

The potential for Party and Camping Mode is pretty much limitless, especially with the release of Tesla’s upcoming vehicles like the Model Y and the Tesla Truck. With Tesla’s full lineup of vehicles available on the market, the idea of glamping in an electric vehicle might actually become even more mainstream in the near future.

Tesla’s ‘Party and Camping Mode’ coming in a ‘month or two’ says Elon Musk

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