Order books open this month for the 2015 model year Range Rover, which gets a plush new trim level and a tweaked SDV8 powerplant

The Range Rover has been updated for the 2015 model year, with a UK launch for the plush 'Autobiography Black' trim among the key changes brought to the SUV.

Only available in long-wheelbase form, Autobiography Black Range Rovers have luxurious features including two individual rear seats and a semi-aniline leather interior. Exterior details include new black and chrome exterior trim, LED tail lights, and unique 21- and 22-inch alloy wheels. Order books for the new variant open in August.

Other changes for the 2015 model include new alloy wheel designs, increased personalisation features, new convenience options and a new ‘InControl’ feature that remotely connects your car to your smartphone and can sync to apps and track the car if stolen.

This is also offered on the 2015 Range Rover Sport, which is being confirmed alongside the updated Range Rover line-up.

Both models get a tweaked SDV8 engine with peak torque increased from 516lb ft to 546lb ft, which is now available over a wider band of 1700-3300rpm. The eight-speed automatic gearbox is also revised, but economy and CO2 figures for SDV8 models are unchanged.

Order books open for the MY15 Range Rover and Range Rover Sport this month.

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15 July 2014
This isn’t a swipe at this car but I love how Aniline dyed leathers are pitched as such a premium product. Aniline is a foul, poisonous compound. It smells really bad, is extremely flammable and can be toxic by absorption on the skin.

Semi-aniline leather has a thin plastic coating on it to improve durability and reduce toxicity but if you’re going to have hard wearing plastic coated leather than when why not just have synthetic leather instead like Mercedes’s Artico which isn’t toxic and far more durable.

15 July 2014
Indeed. Think of the children!

15 July 2014
I think you'll find that the semi-aniline process is a water-based, chromium-free method of tanning leather that is far more environmentally friendly and far less harmful to children than the old chrome tanning process...

15 July 2014
I was taking the piss :-)

15 July 2014
Still cant see the appeal of leather at all - its shiny, so you slide about, its hot in summer and cold in winter, give me a decent cloth any day.

15 July 2014
'new convenience options' ? Toilets ? For god's sake Range Rover, go back to your roots. These things seem to get bigger and bigger. Surprised they don't offer stick-on mud as well.

15 July 2014
I too prefer cloth to leather, as do Typos1, the Queen, and the entire Japanese nation.

15 July 2014
Really scraping the barrel Autocar.

This is hardly an update worth mentioning. Unless you really are into soft furnishings!

15 July 2014
Has Range Rover reached it's Luxury Limit?

All Car Marques, have a limit in terms of Luxury and Speed. To go higher takes a lot of money. Audi took the best part of 30 years to be mentioned in the same breath has BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Jaguar. And to do that the Quattro had when the World Rally Championship, and the Audi 80 had to have cutting edge aeronautics and wrap around glass windows.

Its time for JLR to dust of a Luxury Brand. Daimler or Lanchester. Both were well known in the Indian subcontinent. Both British Royal Marques. And Frederick William Lanchester, was the first to build an All Wheel Drive vehicle.

Put him in to Wiki you'll be surprised. Poor Businessman, Great Engineer.

15 July 2014
Has Range Rover reached it's Luxury Limit?

All Car Marques, have a limit in terms of Luxury and Speed. To go higher takes a lot of money. Audi took the best part of 30 years to be mentioned in the same breath has BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Jaguar. And to do that the Quattro had when the World Rally Championship, and the Audi 80 had to have cutting edge aeronautics and wrap around glass windows.

Its time for JLR to dust of a Luxury Brand. Daimler or Lanchester. Both were well known in the Indian subcontinent. Both British Royal Marques. And Frederick William Lanchester, was the first to build an All Wheel Drive vehicle.

Put him in to Wiki you'll be surprised. Poor Businessman, Great Engineer.

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