Land Rover Unveils Flagship Range Rover SV Autobiography

Land Rover has unveiled a top-end, long-wheelbase Range Rover – the SV Autobiography – ahead of the Los Angeles motor show. Range Rover SV Autobiography 18MY (UK)

Equipped with just about every conceivable luxury, it will be available with a 339hp 4.4-litre V8 diesel engine, a 565hp 5.0-litre V8 petrol and as a P400e plug-in hybrid, with a 2.0-litre petrol engine and an electric motor, which create a combined 404hp and an electric-only range of 31 miles.

UK prices start at £167,850 for the diesel, £168,015 for the PHEV and £177,030 for the petrol V8.

Other external changes consisted of new door mirrors and new side rubbingstrips, with bright inserts for top models. The sunroofs, not intended to be fitted to all models, were now tiltandslide types rather than removable hatches, and electric operation was designed for the more expensive Discoveryvariants.

There are other luxury 4×4 wagons but the Range Rover manages to combine the utter luxury of a freeway-loving topend sedan with the go-anywhere ability of Land Rover’s high-tech, multi-terrain, all-wheel drive and adjustable ride height. Suspension changes have reduced cornering body-lean, With that in mind be aware that the really good stuff available from the brand, like the Terrain Response offroad system (see MECHANICAL), comes at the top end of the price scale which ranges from around $50,000 to $78,000. Cheapest in the line-up is Land Rover’s first-ever front-wheel drive model, BMWs and Range Rovers are particularly at risk, police say, and can be in the hands of a technically minded criminal within 60 seconds. Officers in Kensington & Chelsea are being instructed to stop all drivers of Range Rovers to check they own the vehicle because of the number of the cars being stolen.

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