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Heated Calf Rests and the New Range Rover SVAutobiography LWB

Heated Calf Rests and the New Range Rover SVAutobiography LWB

Just when you thought they were running out of surfaces to heat in a car, Land Rover brings the heated calf rest to market with its new 2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography. Specifically, the Long Wheelbase model which boasts nearly four feet of legroom for the rear passengers. Because of the space the seats can recline to a 40 degree angle and the have over 22 adjustments. While you are relaxing, the heated calf rests and foot rests make sure your winter blues are melted away. Don’t forget about the hot stone massage that is offered, too.

Every time I write about cars with crazy back seat features, the same thought always comes to mind. It is an image of my wife and playfully arguing over who will ride in the back seat. I can just hear us saying things like, “No, really, you should drive this time!”

Of course, the luxurious seating is only part of the story with the LWB SVAutobiography. Land Rover also has the electronically deployable rear tables, massive entertainment screens and a WiFi hot spot. Something else I find interesting is the addition of power closing rear doors. After all, once you are inside and your feet are up and the massage kicks in, how will you be able to reach to door to close it?

So you are probably thinking, how much is this SUV? Well, it’s by far the most expensive product Land Rover currently makes (although that may be changing soon). The base price is $207,900, which is about $100,000 more than the base model of the long wheelbase. All of these luxury features do help justify the price, but there is something else to consider. This level of rear seat luxury has typically been found in big German sedans like the Mercedes S-Class or perhaps in a Rolls-Royce.

The appetite for SUVs continues to grow and so it makes sense that one of the most luxurious SUV companies works to make something of an alternative for people who want the ultimate back seat experience. Yes, the Bentley Bentayga is available but it costs more money and doesn’t have this type of rear occupant features. Bentleys always have the driver in mind. So, instead of a chauffeur driven Benz, why not choose the Range Rover SVAutobiography Long Wheelbase version? With six more weeks of winter coming (according to that other Phil you know) your calves may thank you.

 

Photos/Video Courtesy: Land Rover

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