The most expensive Land Rover money can buy comes exclusively in the long wheelbase configuration.
With the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show right around the corner, more and more automakers are beginning to introduce their new products bound to be exhibited in the following days in the City of Angels. Following an announcement made a couple of weeks ago, Land Rover has now taken the virtual wraps off its most expensive and luxurious model ever, the Range Rover SVAutobiography.
Land Rover has released U.S. figures for the 2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography. It’s updated 5.0-liter supercharged V8 will produce 557 horsepower for traversing the roads of America, which Land Rover says is enough to send the big luxury SUV to 60 miles power in 5.2 seconds.
The SVAutobiography’s luxury components are shared with the version available across the pond, but such power in a posh package doesn’t come cheap: pricing starts at $207,900 with availability to U.S. customers beginning early next year.
Available exclusively in the long wheelbase version providing ample rear legroom (more than 1.2 meters or 47 inches), the posh SUV has been updated for the 2018 model year and comes with the same discreet styling tweaks applied recently on the lesser Range Rover models. It’s the interior that makes the SVAutobiography version stand out thanks primarily to those super comfy 40-degree-reclining airline-style seats now featuring a slightly different design.
Once you’re inside, you won’t have to lean over to close the rear doors as the full-length center console in the back incorporates buttons used to electrically close the rear doors. There are also electric motors built into the deployable rear tables, while the rear seat on the right side can be folded whenever you need to carry long items. For the first time, the SVAutobiography gets a power-deployable veneered trunk floor.
Other goodies on the menu include a pair of 10-inch touchscreen displays part of the rear-seat entertainment system, heated calf and foot rests, hot stone massage function, and a refrigerator neatly integrated between the rear seats for two of bottles of your favorite bubbly. Rounding off the upgrades is a fancy Zenith clock on the rear center console with a knurled bezel complementing the interior’s gear selector, start/stop button, and pedals.
Needless to say, Land Rover’s latest and greatest Touch Pro Duo infotainment system has been installed and as its name implies, it consists of two touchscreens displaying info that can be swiped from one screen to the other. Both measure 10 inches as first seen in the stylish Velar.
Land Rover is also introducing a plug-in hybrid version with 31 miles (50 kilometers) of electric range and it’s upgrading the supercharged V8 engine to extract a total of 565 horsepower.
At the moment of writing, the Tata Motors-owned company has released pricing details only for the U.K. market where the model costs from £167,850 to £177,030 (roughly $224,000 to $236,000).
Source: Land Rover
2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography
LAND ROVER SPECIAL VEHICLE OPERATIONS OFFERS FIRST-CLASS PASSENGER COMFORT IN THE RANGE ROVER SVAUTOBIOGRAPHY
– Range Rover SVAutobiography unveiled on the eve of the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show
– New levels of luxury and comfort from the redesigned cabin: power-closing rear doors, reclining airline-style seats and unique timepiece by Zenith available
– Hand-finished by Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO)
– Priced from $207,9001 and will be available to U.S. customers from Early 2018
(LOS ANGELES, CA) – November 28, 2017 – Land Rover has introduced a new benchmark in the luxury SUV segment with the launch of the 2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography.
The new halo for the Land Rover brand delivers a peerless combination of craftsmanship and technology, epitomizing the pinnacle of luxury travel that the Range Rover brand represents – making every journey a treasured experience whether driving or being driven.
Available exclusively in long wheelbase specification, the 2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography combines advanced new convenience features, including power rear doors that close at the touch of a button and a rear seat refrigerated compartment, creating a sanctuary for relaxation that doubles as a mobile tech hub.
Uprated from 2017MY, the SVAutobiography now features a 557hp 5.0L supercharged V8 gasoline engine mated to a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission which power the vehicle from 0-60mph in 5.2 seconds.
Executive Class Rear Seats are central to the appeal of the luxurious new model. Combined with the long-wheelbase body, they offer rear legroom of over 3.9ft (1.2m) while deep seat foams with new comfort interlayers deliver enhanced passenger comfort. With powered 40-degree recline capability, a hot stone massage function, heated calf and foot rests, and 22-way adjustment, the rear cabin promises a passenger experience second to none.
A dramatic fixed center console extends the full length of the rear cabin and acts as the hub for the second row featuring controls for the power close rear doors, electronically deployable tables, and a refrigerated compartment capable of holding four 20oz bottles or two 750mL bottles and two glasses.
Two 10-inch integrated rear entertainment screens and 4G WiFi connectivity3 ensure passengers are always connected.
In the front row, the elegant and intuitive Land Rover InControl® Touch Pro Duo™ infotainment system with twin 10-inch touchscreens provide a well-integrated media experience while also contributing to a refined interior design4. The upper screen offers controls for commonly used features such as Navigation, Phone, Media, and System Settings, while the lower screen controls climate distribution, seat functions and Terrain Response® settings. Together the screens work seamlessly to deliver unrivalled functionality and ease of use.
For added convenience when transporting cargo, the right-hand rear seat folds to accommodate long items and customers can also specify a Power Deployable Veneered Loadspace Floor for the first time, making loading and unloading luggage easier than ever.
While convenience features provide a first class customer experience, attention to detail delivers new levels
of sophistication throughout the cabin. An exclusive new Zenith clock is positioned on the rear center console
facing the rear seats, inspired by the Elite 6150 watch. Its knurled bezel complements the finish on the
vehicle’s start/stop button, gear shifter and pedals.
Other interior design elements include a unique new seat design in Poltrona Frau Leather as an option,
exclusive aluminum treadplates with illuminated ‘SVAutobiography’ script, two new exclusive veneers, and
five revised interior colorways.
On the exterior, the vehicle is differentiated by a unique SVAutobiography grille design with chrome inserts,
front, side and rear accents in a Bright Atlas finish, a modified rear bumper with integrated metal tailpipe
finishers, and a new exclusive 22-inch wheel design.
Gerry McGovern, Chief Design Officer, Land Rover, said: “The Range Rover SVAutobiography is the
epitome of luxury, comfort and refinement. Our standard-bearer for quality and precision exemplifies the
attention to detail and sophistication that has been a hallmark of our most luxurious SUV stretching back
almost 50 years.”
The Range Rover SVAutobiography will be hand-finished exclusively at the SVO Technical Center in
Warwickshire, UK, and makes its global motor show debut at the Los Angeles International Auto Show on
November 29, 2017. The event will see the new Range Rover SVAutobiography presented alongside the
extreme Land Rover Discovery SVX concept and the powerful Range Rover Sport SVR, as well as the driverfocused
SVAutobiography Dynamic; marking the first time the complete SVO product triangle has been
John Edwards, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations, said: “The
SVAutobiography badge identifies our most luxurious vehicles in the same way the SVR and SVX monikers
denote our most potent and capable derivatives. The arrival of the enhanced Range Rover SVAutobiography
further strengthens the peerless luxury pillar of the SV family.”
1 All prices shown are Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. Excludes $995 destination/handling charge, tax, title, license, and
retailer fees, all due at signing, and optional equipment. Retailer price, terms and vehicle availability may vary. See your local
authorized Land Rover Retailer for details.
2 Always follow local speed limits.
3 The Wi-Fi hotspot is intended for passenger use only. InControl features may require an additional subscription with separate
terms and conditions.
4 Do not use Land Rover InControl® features under conditions that will affect your safety or the safety of others. Driving while
distracted can result in loss of vehicle control.