Land Rover’s flagship model, the Range Rover has come in for a light upgrade as it prepares for the 2017 model year, including new safety and infotainment tech.
A new SVAutobiography Dynamic variant, from Jaguar Land Rover's Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division, also joins the range, and, as the name suggests, puts the focus on the big Rangie’s handling and dynamic prowess.
New technology joining the 2017 Range Rover range includes Advanced Tow Assist. Designed to make reversing with a trailer attached easy - it uses the vehicle’s 360 degree camera system to plot a reversing course selected by the driver, then autonomously steers into position.
Driver selectable Low Traction Launch also joins the features list, limiting torque to increase traction while moving off from standstill on slippery surfaces like gravel, snow, or mud.
Rear park distance control, lane departure warning, and autonomous emergency braking are all included as standard, with Driver Condition Monitor, Blind Spot Assist, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert available as an option, further upgradable to also include Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist, Intelligent Emergency Braking, and Lane Keep Assist.
On the inside, Land Rover’s 10.0-inch InControl Touch Pro infotainment system, with dual view (able to display different info for driver and passenger) is fitted, managing the All Terrain Info-Centre, as well as providing downloadable apps. Optional InControl Remote Premium also adds the ability to remotely start the car, heat or cool the cabin, or set the alarm.
The new range addition, the SVAutobiography Dynamic takes the 405kW and 680Nm V8 engine from the Range Rover Sport SVR, and deploys it in the larger Range Rover allowing a 0-100 km/h sprint of 5.4 seconds.
Inside the SVAutobiography Dynamic is dressed up with quilted leather seating, a perforated black leather headlining, Grad Black veneer on the doors and dash with Red keyline touches on the door cards, anodised red paddle shifters, and a quilted leather bound owner’s handbook.
Suspension is 8mm lower, and tuned to provide a more responsive feel via adjusted knuckles, links, springs and dampers, while still maintaining a high level of ride comfort.
Dynamic Response operates on the front and rear axles to minimise body roll, while Adaptive Dynamics monitors suspension movements up to 500 times per second, able to adjust suspension responsiveness to suit driver inputs and conditions.
The exhaust system also comes in for attention, tuned to provide a more characterful soundtrack and finished with quad-tipped bright chrome finishers.
The updated 2017 Range Rover will be available in Australia from the first quarter of 2017 with pricing for the new range starting from $183,300 (plus on-roads), while the SVAutobiography Dynamic joins the range from 316,000 (plus on-roads).