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Last week, on the eve of the beginning of the Los Angeles Motor Show, Jaguar Land Rover revealed its new flagship Range Rover SVAutobiography. Tuned by the manufacturer’s Special Vehicle Operation (SVO) team, and giving special attention to those riding in the back, this four-wheeler elevates luxury and comfort to new heights. Here’s everything you need to know:
Available exclusively in a long-wheelbase form, the new model ‘epitomises the pinnacle of luxury travel’ for both driver and passenger, according to Land Rover. Luckily for the company, the SVAutobiography has all the credentials to back up this bold claim.
Although there are some tweaks to the exterior, the most noticeable feature of the latest Range Rover is its revamped cabin; notably, rear-seat passengers have over a metre of legroom (as well as calf- and footrests) thanks to its long wheelbase. Additionally, separate ‘executive’ airline-style seats (which are padded with deep foam, can recline to a 40-degree angle, be cooled and heated and also have a hot stone massage feature) are favoured over a unified bench unit. Concealed beneath the seats is a refrigerator with enough room for two bottles of red or white (or four 600ml bottles), and running across the length of the cabin is a centre console, business class-style tables and a bespoke Zenith clock that’s been inspired by the Elite 6150 watch.
Each passenger also has a 10-inch touchscreen display at their disposal and can occupy themselves with 4G WiFi and Land Rover’s Touch Pro Duo infotainment system – the company aptly describes this system as a ‘digital butler fit for the 21st century.’
And, if you felt like this car didn’t take care of you enough, the rear doors close at the touch of a button.
The SVAutobiography will be hand finished at SVO’s facility alongside other models such as the Range Rover Sport SVR and the upcoming Discovery SVX.
There are three powerful engine choices. The entry level car is the 4.4-litre V8 diesel which is available for £167,850 and produces 339HP. For an additional £165, you could get the all-new plug-in hybrid powertrain that comprises a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor – this model can produce 395bhp and 640Nm of torque as well as an electricity-fueled, zero-emissions range of 31 miles. The 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol, which offers 565HP, rounds off the range at £177,030.
Prices start from £167,850, making the SVAutobiography the most expensive and opulent factory-built Range Rover to date. Although this may seem like a huge price-tag, buyers must remember that the Bentley Bentayga demands around £200k and the Rolls-Royce Cullinan is expected to command even more cash.
For more, visit jaguarlandrover.com
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