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Land Rover updates Range Rover with semi-autonomous tech and a 550bhp V8

7 Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic

Land Rover is updating its Range Rover next year with new semi-autonomous and connected car features.

The premium SUV brand will also get a add a top of the range 550bhp supercharged V8 SVAutobiography Dynamic priced from £132,800. The new model has a 0-60mph time of 5.1 seconds, making it the fastest Range Rover the company has ever produced.

Customers can choose to finish their Range Rovers in 19 different metallic and pearlescent colours, in gloss, satin or matte finishes.

Standard driver assistance technologies will include Rear Park Distance Control, Cruise Control and Speed Limiter, Lane Departure Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB).

An optional ‘Drive Pack’ includes existing features such as Blind Spot Monitor, Traffic Sign Recognition and Reverse Traffic Detection, and new technology including Intelligent Speed Limiter, which uses the Traffic Sign Recognition to automatically adjust the vehicle speed to meet the prevailing speed limit.

The Drive Pack also includes Driver Condition Monitor which analyses data such as steering inputs and road speed, as well as taking account of the time of day, to warn against driver fatigue.

The ‘Drive Pro option pack takes the features of the Drive Pack and adds Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist and Intelligent Emergency Braking. The pack also includes Blind Spot Assist which automatically applies counter steering if the driver begins to change lane into the path of a following vehicle, and Lane Keep Assist which provides corrective steering input if it detects the vehicle is drifting across the white lines.

Range Rover customers that need to tow can also fit Advanced Tow Assist as an option. This technology uses the vehicle’s existing Surround Camera System to help guide a trailer into position. Advanced Tow Assist is also able to automatically steer the Range Rover to follow the path selected by the driver using the dash-mounted rotary Terrain Response selector.

Another new feature will be Low Traction Launch to assist drivers when pulling away from a standstill on slippery surfaces such as wet grass, snow or ice.

Jaguar Land Rover’s InControl Touch Pro will also be available on 2017 Range Rovers. It comes with a larger 10-inch dual-view touchscreen display.

The ‘InControl Connect Pro’ pack includes access to a series of new app services including the ability to remotely control vehicle functions such as activating the climate control to cool or heat the car ready for departure, set and deactivate the alarm, and start the engine. The app will alert owners if their vehicle alarm has been triggered.

Additional InControl Touch Pro Services include live apps that can be downloaded to provide information such as headline news, weather reporting and flight tracking.

‘Commute mode’ automatically learns frequently-used routes and recommends the most efficient route dependent on live traffic data, then shares the driver’s destination, arrival time and current location with friends, family and colleagues via a live messaging system through the driver’s smartphone.

Land Rover will also be adding a Jaguar Land Rover's 3.0 litre V6 supercharged petrol engine to the Range Rover line-up. The V6 achieves 338bhp combined with CO2 emissions of 248g/km. It has a 0-60mph time of 7.1 seconds.

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