Land Rover is set to step up its luxury sport game with the 2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography, which recently broke cover at the Los Angeles Auto Show. With Bentley Bentayga in play and the Rolls-Royce Cullinan due for launch, Land Rover will run the race with the new SVAutobiography, each one of which will be special. Every Range Rover SVAutobiography will be hand finished by Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) and will only be available in extended wheelbase. The inside of the new Range Rover will be a place of utmost comfort, thanks to the extended wheelbase that creates more room and the Executive Class Rear Seats. It is not just the aeroplane-style name that makes these luxurious, but the quilted leather over special foam padding, a recline angle of up to 40 degrees and a claimed 3.9-foot legroom. Doesn't stop there, the seats have 22-way adjustment, a hot stone massage option, and even heated calf and footrests.
The executive seats are only one part of the uber-luxurious interior. Once settled into the rear, a push of a button will close the rear doors and the passenger can go on to deploy a tabletop by pressing another button on the centre console. There is also refrigerated cubby under the centre armrest, which can hold bottles and two glasses or lunch and snacks. Once the snack and drink are settled upon, each seat has its own 10.0-inch touchscreen, and there is also the in-car 4G LTE WiFi.
A fancy way of telling time has been added to the rear console with the fitting of a Zenith clock, and the aluminium door sills illuminate to read SVAutobiography, and Poltrona Frau leather is a new option.
Subtle changes have been made to the exterior, which makes all the difference setting the Range Rover SVAutobiography apart. The front grille has been altered with chrome inserts, a tweaked rear bumper integrates metal exhaust finishers, and 22-inch wheels are specific to the SVAutobiography, as are the Bright Atlas accents all over the exterior.
Under the bonnet, Land Rover put the company’s supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine that is rated at 557 horsepower and is paired with a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission. Land Rover claims it can sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds. Those who expect maximum performance can opt for SVAutobiography Dynamic, which is built on the standard chassis and misses out luxury elements of the new models.
All this, however, will not come cheap. Land Rover lists the Range Rover SVAutobiography at $208,895 (approximately Rs 1.35 crore) and will not be available for purchase before the first quarter of 2018.