Wednesday 10 August 2016, By AutoVolo
Semi-autonomous tech will make its way into the Range Rover as part of updates for the 2017 model year, Land Rover has announced.
Buyers who opt for the Drive Pro Pack will receive adaptive cruise control with a ‘queue assist’ feature, which will bring the car to a halt when traffic comes to a stand-still, before setting off again when traffic starts moving again.
A blind-spot assistance system is also included in the pack, which detects vehicles in the Range Rover’s blind spot and gently counter-steers if the vehicle changes direction while there is something in the blind spot.
Parking sensors, cruise control, lane departure warning and autonomous emergency braking are all features as standard on the new Range Rover. Customers who specify the Drive Pro Pack will receive the Drive Pack, too, which features a driver fatigue monitor and traffic sign recognition.
New technology has also been deployed to improve the Range Rover’s off-road ability. A towing assistance system will help drivers revers while hitched to a trailer, and the Low-Traction Launch function will help prevent the wheels spinning when setting off on surfaces without much grip.
Jaguar Land Rover’s inControl Touch Pro on-board infotainment system makes an appearance inside the updated SUV and features a 10-inch touchscreen.
The 2017 Range Rover will also see a new trim level make its debut – the SVAutobiography Dynamic. This will sit at the top of the range, and is powered by a 542bhp 5.0-litre V8, which will take the car from 0-62mph in 5.1 seconds and on to a top speed of 140mph. Tuned suspension lowers the cars ride height by 8mm in an attempt to improve agility.
The SVAutobiography Dynamic will be distinguished by its grey lettering and side vents, as well as red brake callipers that sit behind the 21- or 22-inch alloys. In the cabin, buyers will find diamond-stitched upholstery, a black fascia and red paddle shifters.
Mark Stanton, director of Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations, said: “The Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic has been specially developed by the Special Vehicle Operations team to deliver a more engaging driving experience.
“It delivers the ultimate combination of performance and Range Rover luxury, befitting its unique position in the portfolio.”
The 2017 Range Rover will be available in the final quarter of 2016, with prices starting from £76,350.
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