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It is no facelift, but Land Rover's flagship Range Rover is set to get new driver aids and new performance-focused SVAutobiography Dynamic variant next year.
Keen on keeping its flagship luxury SUV model as a paragon to its genre, Land Rover has introduced a raft of new driver aids and nifty connective features - along with a new sportier variant known as the SVAutobiography Dynamic - for the 2017 Range Rover.
Set to be introduced in the first quarter of 2017, prices for the updated Range Rover range will start from $183,300 (up $1750) with the new SVAutobiography Dynamic starting at $316,000.
Despite the changes slated, Land Rover has refrained from tweaking the Range Rover's three year old design. Instead, the Range Rover's exterior colour options will be expanded to a total of 19, with a wider variety of metallic and pearlescent colours to choose from.
In the meantime, the Range Rover's multimedia system will be the only notable change inside. Upgraded to a larger 10-inch dual view touchscreen display unit, the system will come packed with improved satellite navigation features, customisable home pages, and instant access to apps.
For the well-heeled customer who wants their Range Rover with a little more zest, the introduction of the SVAutobiography Dynamic might just fit the bill. Based on the existing SVAutobiography, and available only in short wheelbase form, the SVAutobiography Dynamic comes with the same 5-litre supercharged V8 - churning out 405kW and 680Nm of torque - found in the Range Rover Sport SVR. Paired with an 8-speed ZF automatic, the SVAutobiography Dynamic is able to go from standstill to 100km/h in a similar time of 5.4 seconds.
Despite its sporty intentions, the SVAutobiography Dynamic is trimmed like a luxury suit.
Where the 'Dynamic' part of its name comes into focus is in its suspension tuning, which has been fettled by Jaguar Land Rover's SVO division. Revisions to the suspension knuckles, links, springs, and dampers has resulted in an 8mm lower ride height, and an optimum balance in performance and comfort characteristics.
In addition to the suspension tweaks the SVAutobiography Dynamic also features a Dynamic Response feature that adjusts the front and rear axles independently to reduce body lean during cornering, and Adaptive Dynamics that monitors the vehicle's movements, driver inputs, and prevailing road conditions to optimise its ride comfort.
To the man on the street the SVAutobiography Dynamic stands out from the range with unique exterior colour cues, such as the side vents, bonnet finisher, grille, front bumper accents, nameplate, and tailgate finisher being finished in Graphite Atlas. The new variant will also be the first Range Rover to sport red brake calipers from Brembo.
Despite its sporty intentions, the SVAutobiography Dynamic is trimmed like a luxury suit with diamond quilted leather seats with contrasting stitching, complementing Ebony perforated leather headliner, Grand Black veneer trim, and door casings complete with a Red keyline finish. The rotary shift controller, start-stop button, and pedals have been treated to a classy knurled finish, whereas the paddle shifters are finished in anodised red (a finish that is only not available with a tan interior).
Being a product of Land Rover, emphasis has also been placed on the improving its all-terrain capabilities.
According to a spokesperson from Jaguar Land Rover Australia, the SVAutobiography Dynamic will replace the standard SVAutobiography SWB variant as the top offering among the Range Rover’s short wheelbase body styles. At $316,000 the new variant is $40,000 less than the existing SVAutobiography. This price difference is due to the SVAutobiography Dynamic’s fiveseat specification, rather than the SVAutobiography SWB’s more opulently equipped fourseat layout. Land Rover says the decision to opt for 5 seater setup was based on market demands and to offer customers better practicality.
When it comes to features, the 2017 Range Rover will be debuting an Advanced Tow Assist feature, which is said to help drivers guide a trailer into position. Expanding on the Range Rover's trailer reverse park and hitch guidance, the system now allows drivers to select a path from the vehicle's centre touchscreen using the Terrain Response 2 rotary controller, and the system will then automatically steer the vehicle in accordance to the driver's selection. The system is even able to alert the driver if they are in danger of causing a jack-knife situation.
Being a product of Land Rover, emphasis has also been placed on the improving its all-terrain capabilities. To that end, Land Rover has added two new features to the Range Rover's 2017 cap.
The headline addition to its off-road capabilities is the Low Traction Launch feature, which assists drivers in pulling away from standstill in slippery situations by controlling the amount of torque the driver can use. The feature has to be manually activated from the multimedia system whenever the 'Grass/Gravel/Snow' mode is selected on the Terrain Response 2 system, and will remain active until the vehicle reaches 30km/h.
The 2017 Range Rover models will also feature a new All-Terrain Info Centre, which will display useful information relating to the vehicle's configuration and status via the central touchscreen display.
As for the Range Rover's advanced safety systems, the 2017 model year will see the addition of Blind Spot Assist and Lane Keep Assist. The Blind Spot Assist system will automatically apply counter steering should it detect the driver changing its lane into the path of a following vehicle, whereas the Lane Keep Assist delivers a gentle corrective steering input if it detects the vehicle unintentionally drifting out of its lane.
Aside from the hardware additions to the Range Rover's palette, the 2017 models will also feature new app-based features as part of the new InControl Touch Pro system on its multimedia system.
Its sat nav system now includes door-to-door routing that can be set from the Land Rover dedicated smartphone Route Planner app. The app allows its users to navigate to their vehicle, transfer the navigation directions to the in-vehicle system, and switch back to the smartphone navigation to guide its users to their chosen destination on foot. The navigation's commute mode on the other hand will automatically learn the driver's frequently used routes, and will recommend the best route based on live traffic data.
The optional InControl Remote Premium will expand its offerings to include remote control vehicle functionality for the climate control, setting and deactivating its alarm system, remote starting, and alerting owners when the alarm is triggered.