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by David Phillips, 16th August 2016

Land Rover have released the details and pictures of the 2017 Range Rover

The 2017 Range Rover will be like no other Range Rover model before it. The new Range Rover has been armed with an array of advanced semi-autonomous driving technologies, plus there is the also the introduction of the new Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic.

It will be on sale from the final quarter of 2016 with prices starting from £76,350 for the TDV6 Vogue while this nearly doubles to £132,800 for the top of the range SVAutobiography Dynamic.

The epitome of luxury and capability, the new SVAutobiography Dynamic model is the most powerful Range Rover ever produced by Land Rover. It has the same 550HP 5.0-litre V8 supercharged that we saw in the Range Rover Sport SVR. The SVAutobiography Dynamic has taken attention to detail and luxury materials to a whole new level. Who would’ve thought in 1970, when the first Range Rover was produced, that the 2017 SVAutobiography Dynamic model would have diamond quilted leather seats, contrast stitching and pedals fit for a king?

The SVAutobiography Dynamic is powered by a 550HP V8 supercharged engine and despite its size and weight; it has a 0-60 time of 5.1 seconds. The specially configured suspension helps achieve these impressive figures. Judging by the press pics the team at Jaguar Land Rover’s SVO division have done an impressive job.
The SVAutobiography Dynamic also features two driver technologies. Dynamic Response independently controls the rear and front axles, making the Range Rover more agile at lower speeds and more stabile at high speeds, while providing the driver with more precise steering. Adaptive Dynamics monitors the vehicles movements up to 500 times a second, it reacts to drivers inputs and gives them greater control. The SVAutobiography Dynamic will be the first Range Rover model available with red brake calipers and Brembo brake technology.

What about those advanced semi-autonomous driving technologies we spoke of earlier? The 2017 Range Rover will probably be more capable than its predecessors thanks to several Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). Standard driver assistance technologies include Rear Park Distance Control, Cruise Control and Speed Limiter, Lane Departure Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB). This technology uses a front facing camera to identify a possible collision, it then warns the driver and if they fail to respond it then initiates full emergency braking. Can’t wait to try that one out.

So what features are included in the additional Drive Pack? Traffic Sign Recognition and Reverse Traffic Detection, the Blind Spot Monitor and the all-new Intelligent Speed which uses Traffic Sign Recognition hardware to automatically adjust the vehicle speed to keep below the prevailing speed limit.

The Drive Pack also includes Driver Condition Monitor which analyses data such as steering inputs and road speed, it even takes into account the time of day, and will warn you of possible driver fatigue.

For those in the tow, the Advanced Tow Assist feature will make you two like a pro if reversing with a trailer. The system uses the Surround Camera System so the driver just has to follow the trajectory overlaid on an image from the rear-facing camera displayed on the central touchscreen.

We have all seen these big beasts struggle on wet grass and slippery surfaces, now Low Traction Launch will help drivers pull away on these types of surfaces without losing any dignity. It controls the amount of torque that the driver can apply so they don’t look like a hippo on ice. With this system pull always are smooth and without wheel spin. Once you go over 30km/h the system will disengage. 

Furthermore the 2017 Range Rover will include Jaguar Land Rover’s ‘InControl Touch Pro’ infotainment system. This faster, more functional and connected system is further enhanced with its large 10-inch dual-view touchscreen display. Be prepared for several Range Rover apps, which will allow the customer to heat or cool the vehicle prior to departure. You can also use the apps to start your new Range Rover while reading the newspaper and enjoying your morning tea. That way its engine will be ready to perform at its optimum once you get in. 

As previously predicted UK customers will have the option of specifying Jaguar Land Rover's 3.0 litre V6 supercharged petrol engine. While smaller its performance figures are not to be scoffed at. The V6 achieves 340 PS and 450 Nm of torque while it has a 0-60 time of 7.1 seconds. Be prepared to be impressed. 

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