Following a short teaser campaign, the new-generation Range Rover Sport has finally made its official global debut.
Taking inspiration from its big brother — the all-new Range Rover — although, in a sportier application, the latest Sport-badged model’s sculpted exterior design is sleeker than ever before. The “stealth-like” front grille (Land Rover says it’s the slimmest ever fitted to a Land Rover) is flanked by tapered headlamps, incorporating digital LED lighting units and distinctive daytime-running lights.
The front design elements are echoed ’round the back. A redesigned rear end features slim LED taillamps linked via a full-width styling bar spanning the revised tailgate. The uninterrupted LED light graphics feature surface LED technology, a first for a production vehicle. On the side, the new Range Rover Sport features the British marque’s characteristic shoulder line. Flush door handles can be found here, too.
The revised cockpit features a 13.1-inch curved infotainment touchscreen, incorporating the firm’s Pivi Pro software, and a 13.7-inch interactive driver’s display. The former item features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Wireless smartphone charging is also present, as is a Meridian sound system, complete with active noise cancellation, and a cabin purification system.
The automaker says the new Range Rover Sport introduces more advanced chassis technology, allowing for a more engaging and dynamic driving experience. The new model’s flexible mixed-metal architecture provides “up to” 35 per cent higher torsional stiffness than its forebear.
The engine line-up comprises a duo of extended-range hybrids, six-cylinder petrol motors and diesel engines incorporating mild-hybrid tech. In addition, Land Rover will also offer the new Range Rover Sport with a twin-turbo V8.
The P440e hybrid produces 324 kW for a claimed 0-100 km/h sprint time of “just” 5.8 seconds. The P510e’s petrol-electric powertrain comprises a 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine and a 105 kW electric motor. This model produces a total output of 375 kW.
Further engine options include the P360 and P400 mild-hybrid straight-six Ingenium petrol units, and six-cylinder D250, D300 and D350 mild-hybrid diesel engines. The V8 model is endowed with 390 kW, allowing a 0-100 km/h sprint time in “just” 4.5 seconds. Land Rover says, in 2024, the new Range Rover Sport line-up will evolve with the addition of a fully electric variant.
Land Rover South Africa has further announced we can expect the third-generation model to arrive here towards the end of the year.