Updates for Range Rover’s most luxurious model

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The Land Rover Range Rover’s ultimate trim level, the SVAutobiography, is getting a healthy update for 2018. Of course, many of these same updates are found on the standard 2018 Range Rover, too, having undergone a welcomed refresh. The 2018 SVAutobiography is available on the long-wheelbase Range Rover. It comes with ultra-premium levels of luxury fittings and first-class accommodations for rear passengers. Airline-style reclining seats with massaging, folding aluminum tray tables, power-operated doors, twin 10.2-inch entertainment monitors, and a refrigerated compartment are just some of the highlights.

As part of the Range Rover’s 2018 update, the dashboard now features the Touch Pro Duo infotainment system with two 10-inch touchscreens in the center stack and another 10-inch screen for the fully digital gauge cluster. Other tech features include 4G Wi-Fi hotspot for eight devices, plenty of USB and 12-volt ports, a household power plug. Land Rover’s Connect Pro brings smartphone connection and remote controlling of the vehicle’s systems. The app allows for operating door locks, setting climate control temperatures, and remotely starting the engine. And for those times when having keys for a phone on your person isn’t feasible, the available Activity Key wristband doubles as the key fob.

Of course, that’s just scratching the surface, so let’s dive into what’s new.

Continue reading for more on the updated 2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography.

What’s New on the 2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography

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While there’s plenty to cover, the heart of the Range Rover SVAutobiography is is rear-seat comfort

While there’s plenty to cover, the heart of the Range Rover SVAutobiography is is rear-seat comfort. The long-wheelbase Range Rover provides a whopping 1.2 meters (four feet!) of legroom. Power-raising leg rests and reclining seatbacks make long trips completely comfortable, while customizable massaging rubs out a sore back and heating and ventilation keep backside temperatures regulated. Of course, rear passengers can control their own HVAC settings, too. The new seats are more padded than before while offering more power adjustments and memory settings. If breaking out a bottle of Champaign feels right, a refrigerator between the seatbacks will keep two bottles chilled. The luxury life is so hard, isn’t it?

New colors and stitching patterns for the leather upholstery appear for 2018, giving customers more choices and combinations. Up front, the steering wheel has been update with invisible-until-touched backlit controls. The updated digital gauge cluster now has more customizable configurations to choose from. The Touch Pro Duo screens offer better and more intuitive controls. The upper screen is still the main hub for radio, navigation, and various vehicle menus, but the lower screen now holds the HVAC controls and doubles as the Terrain Resonse 2 control center for off-road settings. Remember, even though the Range Rover SVAutobiography is basically a private jet for the ground, it can still traverse over nearly any terrain thanks to its adjustable air ride suspension, full-time 4WD, locking differentials, and various drive modes that include settings for sand, snow, mud, and rocks.

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And speaking of the greasy bits, the updated 2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography is also available with Land Rover’s new plug-in hybrid drivetrain

And speaking of the greasy bits, the updated 2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography is also available with Land Rover’s new plug-in hybrid drivetrain. Called the P400e model, it features a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder combined with an electric motor good for a combined 254 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. The system offers an all-electric range of 31 miles and will charge on both public quick chargers or at home with a standard wall outlet and its included charging cable.

The supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 carries over, too, so those who enjoy big power will be happy. The all-aluminum engine makes 557 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. Both the PHEV and V-8 come with an eight-speed automatic transmission and that full-time 4WD system.

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The 2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography starts at $208,200 and comes with just about everything as standard

Naturally, the 2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography is pretty pricy. It starts at $208,200 and comes with just about everything as standard. Land Rover does offer a few accessories like the $5,815 “tailgate event seating” with leather-wrapped seats and metal stirrups. There’s also a $5,455 power-deployable loadspace floor extender, which basically does nothing but move fore and aft to help getting heavier items into the cargo area.

Despite the Range Rover’s bones continuing unchanged, the 2018 updates and the major upgrades to the SVAutobiography edition make this SUV one of the swankiest (yet still most capable) on the market today. Even with its hefty price tag, the SVAutobiography represents a good deal when compared with other vehicles in its ultra-luxury class.

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A well-deserved update

Read our full review on the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover.

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Read our full review on the 2019 Land Rover Range Rover P400e.

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Press release

The luxury SUV has a new benchmark thanks to the introduction of the Range Rover SVAutobiography.

Range Rover SVAutobiography unveiled on the eve of the 2017 Los Angeles International 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
Advanced new 404hp plug-in hybrid electric-petrol powertrain elevates refinement and efficiency of Land Rover’s most luxurious SUV
Hand-finished by Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO)
Order books open on 29 November 2017 priced from £167,850, details at landrover.co.uk

Los Angeles, USA, 28 November 2017: The luxury SUV has a new benchmark thanks to the introduction of the Range Rover SVAutobiography.

The new model delivers a combination of craftsmanship and technology, epitomising the pinnacle of luxury travel whether driver or passenger.

Available exclusively in long wheelbase, the Range Rover SVAutobiography combines advanced new convenience features, including rear doors that close at the touch of a button, to create a sanctuary for relaxation that doubles as a mobile technology hub.

A comprehensive range of powertrain options includes an advanced new plug-in hybrid electric-petrol, with an EV range of up to 31 miles, and an uprated 565hp V8 supercharged petrol engine.

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 1.2m while deep seat foams with new comfort interlayers deliver enhanced passenger wellbeing. With a powered 40-degree recline capability, hot stone massage function, heated calf and foot rests, the rear cabin promises a peerless passenger experience.

A dramatic fixed centre console extends the full length of the cabin and the new model also allows passengers to close the rear doors using conveniently located buttons on the rear console.

Electrically deployable rear tables and integrated 10” Touchscreen rear entertainment screens ensure customers can use the 4G WiFi connectivity to work or relax in comfort, while a concealed refrigerator between the twin rear seats can hold two wine bottles or four 600ml bottles. 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.

With convenience features providing a first class customer experience, the attention to detail delivers new levels of sophistication. An exclusive new Zenith clock features on the rear centre console, inspired by the Elite 6150 watch. Its knurled bezel complements the finish on the start/stop button, gear selector and pedals.

Jaguar Land Rover’s elegant and intuitive Touch Pro Duo infotainment system with twin high-definition touchscreen controls is a ‘digital butler’ fit for the 21st Century. Information can be swiped from one screen to the other, delivering unrivalled functionality and ease of use.

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