For 2017, the big daddy Range Rover gets more powerful engines, along with updated technology including optional safety and assistance systems. There is a new variant as well, in the form of the SVAutobiography Dynamic, which replaces the outgoing SVAutobiography. However, the long wheelbase SVAutobiography remains in the 2017 model year catalogue.
The Dynamic tag adds the supercharged, 5.0-litre V8 from the Jaguar F-Type, which packs a 543 bhp punch, along with prodigious amounts of torque, 680 Nm to be specific. Which means that more than 2 tonnes of range topping Range Rover is catapulted from naught to 100 kph in just 5.1 seconds, and on to a electronically limited top speed of 240 km/h. Power’s sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission, as is the case in other Range Rovers and Range Rover Sports.
As compared to the outgoing model, the new SVAutobiography Dynamic also sits 8mm lower and features subtly revised suspension and damping systems. There are a few cosmetic tweaks as well, with numerous dark grey highlights on the outside, bespoke alloy wheels designs and chromed quad tailpipes. The palatial interior has been gently refurbished with new, diamond-quilted leather seats and black panel veneers. The price – at £132,800, it isn’t cheap, but surprisingly less expensive than the outgoing SVAutobiography, which retails for £149,800.
Apart from the inclusion of the new SVAutobiography Dynamic variant, all Range Rovers for 2017 will be available with additional assistance systems like a driver awareness monitor, blind-spot monitor, a traffic-sign recognition system, an intelligent speed limiter, adaptive cruise control system, intelligent emergency braking and an Advanced Tow Assist feature. There’s also the new JLR InControl Touch Pro infotainment system, now standard throughout the range, which offers a host of remote features, including remote cooling and heating.
There’s a new engine in the line-up for 2017, too – the supercharged 3.0-litre V6 from Jaguar, delivering 335 bhp and 450 Nm, endowing the base, 2017 Range Rover with a 0-100 kph time of 7.1sec. Of course, you can always opt for a wider range of exterior finishes and interior trims, offered by the recently launched Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations division. When it goes on sale later this year, prices will start at £76,350 for the updated TDV6 Vogue.