Having previously announced their cancelation of the Range Rover SV Coupe, Land Rover has also opted to kill the V8 Discovery SVX.
According to Motor Authority, the latter won't be rolling off the line either, with Land Rover confirming as much to them, adding that the decision was made months ago.
The Discovery SVX would have been the vehicle to return the V8 to the Discovery lineup, with the 2013 LR4 the last one strapped with such an engine. But, despite the production preview model showing up at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the 5.0-liter, 518-horsepower ride won't be making its way to customers, who were quietly informed that they won't be getting their hands on it.
"The decision was made not to offer the V-8 powertrain in the Discovery line," Jaguar Land Rover spokesman Nathan Hoyt explained, adding that the SVX badge won't be killed and could be placed on future models - the rumored Defender SVX perhaps?
Land Rover's SVX also boasts 461 pound-feet of torque, 129 more than what the standard US Discovery offers, as well as 178 more horsepower. the SUV is also fitted with long-travel dampers and 20-inch wheels.
There are suggestions that the V8 aspect may have been the problem for this model. JLR has brought their first Ingenium straight-six to the fore via the Range Rover Sport HST and it could be that the V8 was simply not compatible with a limited, highlight model. There have also been rumors of the manufacturers borrowing BMW's 4.4-liter, twin-turbo V8 for future models.
JLR's report did not go into detail, but the SUV's death could also be a result of the company's $3.2 billion cost-cutting plan to spike savings and enable a better cash flow throughout 2020. The automakers announced plans to cut 4,500 jobs last month as well, given their uncertain future following Brexit.
It's not all bad, however, as they only recently unveiled their heavily-anticipated turbocharged inline-6 engine, mentioned above, set to debut in the above-named Range Rover.