Land Rover has released details of the 2017 Range Rover line-up, with the flagship SVAutobiography model delivering greater performance and luxury for £17,000 less than the current range-topper.
The new SVAutobiography Dynamic starts from £132,800 – compared with £149,800 for the existing top-of-the-range model. The 2017 model year Range Rover line-up is on sale in the last quarter of the year, with prices starting at £76,350 for the TDV6 Vogue.
The company claims that the SVAutobiography Dynamic is the most powerful, most dynamic production Range Rover to date. As well as greater luxury, including diamond quilted leather seats, there’s also improved performance from the 542bhp supercharged V8 petrol engine, with the 0-62mph acceleration time dropping from 5.4sec to 5.1sec. The top speed is 140mph.
The flagship SVAutobiography has also specially configured, lowered suspension for tauter handling and improved responses without sacrificing comfort.
As you’d expect in a car with renowned off-road ability, there is a manually selectable driving mode designed to assist when pulling away on slippery surfaces such as wet grass, snow or ice by controlling the amount of torque directed to each wheel.
Advanced Tow Assist aids reversing while towing a trailer – or horsebox – via the existing Surround Camera System. It is able to automatically steer the vehicle to follow the path selected by the driver using the dash-mounted rotary Terrain Response selector.
Standard driver assistance technologies include Rear Park Distance Control, Cruise Control and Speed Limiter, Lane Departure Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB).
Additional Drive Packs include a battery of driver assistance systems.
Range Rover promises improved satellite navigation functionality and connectivity from the InControl Touch Pro infotainment system, featuring a larger 10in dual-view touchscreen.
It has a Commute mode which automatically learns frequently-used routes and recommends the most efficient route dependent on live traffic data, then shares the driver’s destination, arrival time and current location with friends, family and colleagues via a live messaging system through the driver’s smartphone.
New exterior finishes are available through Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations division, with 19 new colours including metallic and pearlescent hues, along with gloss or satin matte finishes.
The Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic is identified by a side vents, bonnet finisher, grille, front bumper accents and tailgate finisher in a graphite colour, while the four exhaust outlets are chromed.
There’s a choice of 21in or 22in wheels, while the SVAutobiography Dynamic is also the first Range Rover with Brembo braking via red-painted calipers.
Inside, diamond quilted leather seats with contrast stitching are available in four colour themes, with black veneer inserts in the facia and flashes of red “to denote its dynamic characteristics”. The rotary gear selector and pedals have a knurled finish.
In addition to the existing engine line-up of 3.0-litre V6 and 4.4-litre V8 diesels, UK customers can specify a 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engine developing 335bhp. Its 0-62mph time is 7.1sec, with CO2 emissions of 248g/km.
Mark Stanton, director of Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations, said: “The SVAutobiography Dynamic has been developed by the Special Vehicle Operations team to deliver a more engaging driving experience. It delivers the ultimate combination of performance and Range Rover luxury, befitting its unique position in the portfolio.”