New £150k Range Rover flagship announced

The Range Rover SVAutobiography is a new £150,000 range-topping version of Land Rover's flagship SUV

Land Rover will launch a new top-of-the-range version of the Range Rover SUV. The Range Rover SVAutobiography will be shown at the New York Motor Show next week.

The SVAutobiography will be available with Land Rover's 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine, which offers 542bhp and the ability to cover 0-62mph in just 5.8 seconds. The new version is available in two lengths and the long-wheelbase version is capable of 21.6mpg on average.

The new model will feature high-grade interior materials like aluminium and mohair carpets. Also available is 'Event Seating,' which adds two leather-clad seats to the tailgate bench.

Rear passengers benefit from a slew of extra creature comforts – even a chiller compartment and powered tables are thrown in. Buyers will even receive a leather-finished handbook, just to add to the luxury.

On the outside, only subtle design changes are made. The front grille is finished in polished chrome and there are quad tailpipes at the back. Not so subtle is the new 'Duo-Tone' paint scheme, where the upper half of the body is finished in Santorini Black and the lower half is available in nine different colour choices.

John Edwards, managing director of Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations, said the SVAutobiography "takes Range Rover to another level of comfort, craftsmanship and refinement."

The new model will go on sale in the summer, priced at £148,900.

The SVAutobiography is a timely arrival, as improvements made across the Range Rover line-up will also be implemented on the 2016 model range. Most notably, the SDV6 Hybrid's revisions mean a lower CO2 emissions figures (219g/km) and claimed fuel economy of 33.6mpg.

Technological improvements include a better Surround Camera System for full 360-degree visibility and a hands-free boot-opening system. Also added to the options list is a feature that lowers the car – dubbed Automatic Access Height – making it much easier for people to get in and out.

Land Rover's InControl tech has been made more accessible to a wider range of smartphones for increased connectivity. The InControl Remote Premium lets you remotely lock the car, check its fuel level, flash its headlights or sound the horn – just in case you forget where you've parked!

The updated Range Rover line-up will be in showrooms this summer, starting at £74,950.

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