New chassis technology is used in the next-generation SUV; SVR and electric follow.
The third-generation Range Rover Sport features a variety of powertrains, including a V8, and promises low-speed agility with high-speed poise thanks to a new four wheel steering system. It also has an updated interior featuring Jaguar Land Rover’s Pivi Pro infotainment.
To ensure consistency in the Range Rover family, but also to make it distinct between the models, the latest Range Rover Sport was created alongside the fifth-generation Range Rover.
Gerry McGovern, JLR’s chief design officer, said that the new model “redefines sporting luxury” by calling it “modern and relevant”.
McGovern reflected on the impact of the model and called it the Range Rover Sport, “the first of its kind in 2005.” He said that the Range Rover Sport was a new vehicle with Range Rover luxury, sporting character, and McGovern agreed. McGovern added, “It created an entirely new segment of vehicles and was the first model to be part of an extended Range Rover family that paved the way for Velar and Evoque.”
For now, the range-topping model is the twin-turbocharged 525bhp petrol V8 BMW-derived petrol V8, which can go from 0 to 62mph in just 4.5sec. Nick Collins, JLR’s executive Director of vehicle programs, predicts that it will be a very popular model. He said that V8 demand is strong right now. “There appears to be a split between large petrol engines and electric vehicles.”
It is expected that the new plug-in hybrid will be a strong seller. It uses a 3.0-litre six cylinder Ingenium petrol engine and a 141bhp electric drive. The 38.2kWh lithium battery powers the 38.2kWh battery. This gives it a total output power of 503bhp. It can sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 5.4 seconds and has a range of 70 miles and CO2 emissions of only 18g/km. It has 460 miles of range when it combines its electric and petrol reserves.
A number of mild-hybrid 48V options complete the initial lineup. These include either a straight-six P400 Ingenium petrol engine, or six-cylinder D300 or D350 diesel powertrains.
Two models are coming later: An electric version and a zero emissions version will both arrive in 2024. Land Rover has confirmed that a Range Rover SVR will be available, but Land Rover won’t reveal more details. It’s already in the program. Collins said that customers won’t be disappointed.
The V8 will power the SVR, but the electric model could be driven by a BMW technical partner, such as the iX M60 which produces 611bhp or 811lb ft.
JLR’s flexible mix-metal architecture known as MLA Flex, is used in the new Range Rover Sport. It boasts 35% more torsional stiffness than its predecessor, which is the basis for many chassis technologies that have been specifically tuned for the new model.
Collins stated that the MLA architecture and the most recent chassis systems combine to create the most exciting Range Rover Sport ever.”
Dynamic Response Pro, a 48V electronic activate roll control system that can apply up to 1033lb feet of torque to each axle, is used in the model. This allows for “new levels” of body control and cornering composure, according to the company.
It is compatible with the new Dynamic Air Suspension. This introduces variable-volume air springs, for the first time. To get the best response, the car uses navigation data to monitor the road ahead and prepare for bends.
All-wheel steering is now available on the Range Rover Sport. This, in conjunction with torque vectoring via braking and electronic differential, should improve cornering agility. Rear-wheel steering can be achieved at a maximum of 7.3deg from phase with the front wheels, which allows for better maneuverability at low speeds. It also makes it possible to turn in-phase to improve stability at high speeds.
This model features Land Rover’s Terrain Response 2 system, Land Rover’s latest for off-roading. It also includes the brand’s adaptive off-road cruise controller. The system adjusts speed according to the drivers’ preference so they can concentrate on steering.
The new Range Rover Sport, like all Land Rover models is an evolution of its predecessor. It retains the same appearance as the outgoing model, with shorter overhangs and sharply raked windows at both the front and the back. To improve rear leg space, it has a 75mm longer wheelbase than before.
Dominic Najafi, chief exterior designer, highlighted three key elements of the design. A roofline that ‘accelerates down’ to the rear; an so-called waistline which is a continuous loop around car; and a lower portion that follows through and kicks upward at the back.
He stated that the glass is smooth and has a seamless finish. It is more sophisticated than the Range Rover Sport.
“We’ve moved the numberplate to the rear to make it cleaner than before. The graphics are even harmonious. We don’t want any part of this car to be different. It’s a modern approach.
The front LED lighting units, which are the smallest ever installed to Land Rovers, create a daytime-running sign. Land Rover claims that uninterrupted LED light graphics at the rear introduce surface LED technology for the first production vehicle.
The interior of the Range Rover Sport is more driver-oriented that its Range Rover sibling. Although the Range Rover Sport’s steering wheel is identical, the Range Rover Sport’s is 20mm lower.
The dashboard’s high centre console rises into the dashboard. It has a 13.1in curving screen that utilizes JLR’s Pivi Pro infotainment software and a 13.7in driver display. It supports over-the-air updates and wireless Apple CarPlay, Android and Amazon Alexa capabilities.
Prices start at PS79,125 for the first delivery, an increase of PS14.365 over the previous model.