Is the Range Rover just too economy-class for you? Do you climb in to luxury SUVs and think, “Oh no, I’ve walked into a barn”? Does your name begin with His or Her Highness?
If the answer to any of those questions is yes, you may very well be interested in this, the latest creation from Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) unit. This is the team that gave us the mad Jaguar XE SV Project 8. Only this time, the engineers were charged with creating the ultimate expression of luxury, rather than speed.
What results is the new Range Rover SVAutobiography, a riposte to the likes of the Bentley Bentayga and any other number of uber-luxury SUVs that are wading in on the Range Rover’s traditional market.
So what do you get above and beyond a ‘normal’ Range Rover? Well, the SVA features a totally redesigned interior, complete with power-closing rear doors, reclining airline-style seats, and hot-stone massage functions. Oh, and because the SVA is based on the long-wheelbase Range Rover, rear passengers get over 1.2 metres of legroom.
There are also electronically deployable rear tables, and integrated rear screens. There’s a concealed fridge between the twin rear seats – capable of housing two bottles of bubbly. And there’s on-board 4G connectivity so you can have Wi-Fi on the go.
Meanwhile, if you plan to move lots of things about in your big Range Rover (or at least have your butler move them), there’s also an optional, powered, deployable loadspace floor. And you can fold one of the rear seats to accommodate longer items.
If you’re the one doing the driving, you’ll be pleased to hear that the Range Rover SVA has had a thorough tech upgrade, too. You get the Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, first seen on the Range Rover Velar. It provides two high-def screens, and the ability to swipe information and functions between different panels. According to early reviews, it’s kind of revolutionary.
Naturally, there’s a choice of engines. Including, for the first time, a plug-in hybrid model, which provides a claimed range of 51 km on electric-only power. Or, if you’re more old school in your approach, you can have a 560 bhp supercharged V8 under the bonnet instead.
Expect the Range Rover SVA to hit the Middle East sometime in the New Year. There’s no word on local prices yet, but in the UK, this most luxurious of Rangies will start at £167,850, which is about AED 828,000.