The updated 2017 Range Rover has been announced, with new safety technology, an updated infotainment system, and a sporty new SVAutobiography model added to range.
When the updated line-up goes on sale early next year, the 2017 Range Rover will kick off at $183,300 plus on-road costs.
Headlining the changes for the new model year is the inclusion of Jaguar Land Rover’s (JLR) 10-inch InControl Touch Pro infotainment system which is already offered in other JLR models including the Jaguar XE and XF, along with the smaller Range Rover Evoque stablemate.
The new unit allows for tablet-style pinch and zoom inputs, along with customisable home pages, enhanced navigation functions (like door-to-door routing) and access to downloadable apps.
Adding to the new infotainment features is the Land Rover Route Planner app. The app navigates the user to their vehicle, before transferring the route to the navigation system and then, once parked, switches back to the smartphone to guide owners to their chosen location on foot.
The optional Drive Pack adds existing extras such as blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and driver condition monitor.
Stepping up to the Drive Pro Pack adds adaptive cruise control with ‘queue assist’ and intelligent emergency braking. New additions for 2017 include Blind Spot Assist - which applies counter steering if the driver begins to change lanes in front of an approaching vehicle, while Lane Keep Assist gently counter steers if it detects the vehicle drifting out of its lane.
19 new exterior colours are offered, all available in gloss or satin matte finishes.
Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic
Adding to the 2017 updates is the new SVAutobiography Dynamic variant, which adds a sporting flavour to the flagship of flagship SUVs, priced at $316,000 plus on-roads.
Powered by the same 405kW/680Nm 5.0-litre supercharged V8 from the Range Rover Sport SVR paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, the Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic can launch from 0-100km/h in 5.4 seconds.
Several exterior features distinguish the Dynamic from other Range Rover models, with the side vents, front bumper trims, badging and tailgate trim all finished in Graphite Atlas, along with the choice of 21- and 22-inch alloy wheels.
Like the ‘standard’ V8-powered Range Rover SVAutobiography, the Dynamic sports chromed quad tailpipes that have been optimised to deliver better sound from the supercharged V8 engine.
The SVAutobiography Dynamic is also the first Range Rover available with Brembo brakes - in red, no less.
Inside, diamond quilted leather seats with contrast stitching are available in four exclusive colour combinations, which contrast with the Ebony perforated leather headliner. The front fascia and doors are finished with a 'Grand Black' veneer, while a red stripe adorns the lower door casings.
Key features such as the rotary shift controller, start button and pedals feature a 'knurled' finish. Adding to the Dynamic's sport-themed interior are paddle shifters finished in anodised red (except when specified with a tan interior) while the handbook is bound in quilted leather chosen to match the interior.
Designed to deliver a more engaging driving experience, the SVAutobiography features Dynamic Response which controls the front and rear axles independently to reduce body lean in corners. The company claims this system increased low-speed agility, superior high-speed stability and greater steering precision.
Also included is Adaptive Dynamics which monitors the vehicle’s movements up to 500 times a seconds, reacting to driver inputs and changes in the road surface to provide greater control without impacting refinement.
The updated 2017 model-year Range Rover will go on sale from the first quarter of 2017, starting at $183,300 plus ORCs.