Jaguar Land Rover has introduced the Range Rover Sport of the third generation. Following the “older” Range Rover, the novelty switched to the modular MLA-Flex platform, acquired a fully-controlled chassis, abandoned permanent all-wheel drive in favor of a system with a front axle coupling, and bet on inline 3.0-liter Ingenium sixes. So far, details have been revealed about seven modifications: six will be offered in Europe, and four in the USA.
The Range Rover Sport has retained a recognizable appearance, and from certain angles the similarity with the model of the last generation is enormous. At the same time, the overall dimensions have slightly increased, and the distance between the axes has become 54 millimeters larger.
The markers of the novelty are “hidden” door handles, horizontal lights, narrow LED optics with an intermittent line of daytime running lights, as well as exposed exhaust pipes. The body is very streamlined: the coefficient of aerodynamic drag Cx is 0.29.
According to the chassis, the Range Rover Sport is largely unified with the “fifth” Range Rover. The front suspension on double wishbones, rear — five-lever design. Adaptive air suspension is included in the standard equipment, the rear axle can rotate by the same 7.3 degrees.
There is also no surprise in the powertrain line — most Range Rover Sport will have a 3.0-liter Ingenium turboshaft with a moderately hybrid “surplus”, there are chargeable hybrid modifications with a battery capacity of 31.8 kilowatt-hours (and an electric power reserve of up to 77 kilometers according to the EPA standard), and at the top of the line is an eight-cylinder top-version with a 4.4-liter BMW engine.
The USA will offer gasoline moderate hybrids P360 (360 forces, 500 Nm) and P400 (400 forces, 550 Nm), a charging hybrid P440e (440 forces, 620 Nm), and the flagship modification P530 (530 forces, 750 Nm). In Europe, there will be no “junior” gasoline version, but there will be diesel moderate hybrid modifications D300 (300 hp, 650 Nm) and D350 (350 hp, 700 Nm), as well as another charged hybrid P510e (510 hp, 700 Nm). The fastest SUV is able to change 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds.
The interior of the new Range Rover Sport
The interior of the Range Rover Sport is very similar to the flagship model, but there are important differences — the 13.7-inch digital dashboard has been modified, the steering wheel has three spokes, and the climate control adjustment unit is located at a different angle. The head unit is the same: Land Rover relies on a 13.1-inch touchscreen with a Pivi Pro system, wireless updates, and voice control function.
The rear passengers have increased legroom, the most luxurious versions have multi-circuit seats with 22-band electric adjustment and massage, there are active noise reduction and air purification systems, as well as a 1,430-watt Meridian audio system with 29 speakers. Naturally, a seven-seater saloon is not available for the Range Rover Sport, and there is only a three-seater sofa in the back.
Although Land Rover switched to an all-wheel-drive system with a front axle coupling, and in some modes, the SUV is the rear-wheel-drive for the sake of fuel economy, the cross-country ability has not suffered – partly due to the thoughtful geometry. The entrance angle reaches 33 degrees, the exit angle is 30 degrees, and the ramp angle is 26.9 degrees.
In Wade Mode, the luxury Range Rover Sport is able to overcome a 900-millimeter ford (+50 millimeters relative to its predecessor), a new off-road cruise control system has appeared, which safely selects speed, taking into account the angles of the longitudinal and transverse slopes of the car, as well as the terrain.
The start date of sales in Land Rover is not called, but the prices are already known — in the US, the new Range Rover Sport costs from 83 to 122 thousand dollars, in the UK from 79 thousand pounds. The first batch of SUVs will be in the top-end version of the First Edition with a V8 engine, an active rear differential, and a full-control chassis.