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New Range Rovers Help Land Rover Kick it up a Notch in New York

New Range Rovers Help Land Rover Kick it up a Notch in New York

By Jeff Youngs, April 06, 2015

Land Rover announced two new special-edition Range Rover models at the 2015 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS), each designed to add an element of exclusivity to the company's updated 2016 model-year lineup.

The 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HST slots between existing versions of the SUV and is equipped with a unique 380-horsepower version of the standard supercharged, 3.0-liter V-6 engine. The 40-horsepower increase in power is accompanied by a new Dynamic driving mode that adjusts powertrain, suspension, and steering settings for optimum performance on pavement.

Visual changes to the Range Rover Sport HST include darkened headlights and taillights, gloss black trim elements, a black painted roof, and dark satin gray 21-in. aluminum wheels fronting red brake calipers. A red "Sport" badge on the tailgate also helps onlookers to determine that the HST is something special.

Inside, the Range Rover Sport HST is equipped with a black interior and contrast-color Oxford leather upholstery. Textured aluminum trim, Noble-plated paddle shifters, and sport pedals are also included in this special-edition model.

In New York, Land Rover also confirmed changes to the full 2016 Range Rover Sport lineup. A new turbo-diesel engine is available, and the SUV now comes standard with a hands-free tailgate and Automatic Access Height technology that makes it easier to enter and exit the vehicle, Land Rover says.

New Land Rover InControl Protect service debuts for 2016, including automatic collision notification and SOS emergency calling. An InControl Remote app is available for 2016, providing access and control to vehicle locking and engine starting from the owner's smartphone. The reversing and surround-view cameras deliver improved clarity, and an optional All Terrain Progress Control setting provides greater off-road capability, according to the automaker.

The second Range Rover to debut in New York is the 2016 Range Rover SVAutobiography, which replaces the previous Autobiography Black version of the luxury SUV. Land Rover says the new SVAutobiography "is the most luxurious and powerful series-production Range Rover ever created."

Equipped with exclusive premium leather, bespoke detailing, and a more powerful 550-horsepower version of the Range Rover's supercharged V-8 engine, the price tag rises to just over $200,000 before adding options. Highlights include knurled aluminum interior detailing, a rear beverage chiller compartment, power-deploying rear tables, and thick Mohair carpeted floor mats. Dual-tone exterior paint and a sliding rear load floor constructed of aluminum or various types of wood are available at extra cost.

Changes for other 2016 Range Rover iterations mirror those for the Range Rover Sport lineup, and the Sport HST's exclusive 380-horsepower, supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 is now standard equipment in the Range Rover.

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