The new Range Rover Sport will go on sale towards the autumn of 2013.
The new Sport is based on the new Range Rover’s platform although it features 75 per cent unique parts which directly influence the way the new Sport looks and feels. The key features include all-aluminium body structure, improved off-road performance and transformational on-road dynamics. There is now the option of 5+2 seating, without the sacrifice of boot space.
There is a choice of two engines from launch the petrol 5.0-litre 510PS V8 supercharged engine and the 3.0-litre 292PS SDV6 diesel engine. In early 2014 they will joined by a 3.0-litre 258PS TDV6 and a 4.4-litre 339PS SDV8 diesel engine. There will also be a diesel hybrid model later in 2014. The 5.0-litre 510PS V8 is capable of launching the new Range Rover Sport from 0-60 mph in 5 seconds, making it the fastest accelerating Range Rover to date.
The new Sport is has lost a lot of weight when compared to its predecessor thanks mainly to its all-aluminium body structure – now weighs less than 2000kgs, the platform has reduced its weight by 39%, which will pay dividends in performance, fuel economy and emissions with the diesel Hybrid promising CO2 emissions of 169g/km. All models across the range are fitted with an advanced intelligent Stop/Start system which improves fuel consumption by up to 7 per cent with aerodynamic being improved by 8 per cent.
There will be a choice of two full-time 4WD systems – one being set-up for the more demanding off-road use - provides a two-speed transfer case with low-range option with a front-rear 50/50 per cent default torque split, and 100 per cent locking capability. The alternative system is 18kg lighter and features a single-speed transfer case with a Torsen differential, which automatically distributes torque to the axle with most grip, working together with the traction control systems. The default front-rear torque split of 42/58 per cent is designed to provide a rear-wheel drive bias for optimum driving dynamics.
There will be a choice of three equipment levels from launch (HSE, HSE Dynamic and Autobiography Dynamic), and an SE derivative available on TDV6 models from early 2014
The new Range Rover Sport can now benefit from a digital camera system which supports three driver assistance features that help deliver improved driver awareness: Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition and Automatic High Beam Assist. There is even Wade Sensing that provides ‘depth’ information when driving through water, the Sport’s maximum wading depth has been increased by 150mm over the previous model to 850mm.
Options will include 'Connected car' technology which allows the driver to check the status of the vehicle via an App installed on their smartphone and also provides support features such as Stolen Vehicle Tracking, Emergency Call and Land Rover Assist Call. There will be the option of a high bandwidth Wi-Fi Hotspot can be installed in the vehicle so that passengers can use the internet and get the best data connection for their smartphones or tablets.
And there is even optional colour Head-Up Display which presents key vehicle and navigation data without the driver needing to look away from the road, using laser technology for clarity and contrast.
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