Dynamic new Range Rover Sport

Combining dramatic modernity with a stereotypical muscular stance and an interior that personifies absolute luxury, the next iteration of the ever-popular Range Rover Sport has been revealed.

As to be expected, the new Range Rover Sport line-up encompasses choices aplenty for buyers, with the option of six-cylinder diesel power or a new 390kW Twin Turbo V8. Electric hybrid and pure electric powered Range Rover Sports will also soon join the new line-up.

The new Range Rover Sport is available in Dynamic SE and Dynamic HSE specifications, with a First Edition available throughout the first year of production featuring a specially curated specification.

The new Range Rover Sport redefines sporting luxury, effortlessly combines assertive and instinctive on-road performance with trademark Range Rover refinement and offers up what Land Rover refers to as a progressive, sophisticated design.

The storied British manufacturer says that the new third-generation model is the most desirable, advanced and dynamically capable yet.

To be made available in New Zealand in Dynamic SE and Dynamic HSE specifications, with a First Edition available throughout the first year of production, pre-orders for the new Range Rover Sport are being taken now, with the performance focused SVR and efficient PHEV models launching in 2023.

A suite of powerful and efficient powertrains will be available, including six-cylinder extended range Electric Hybrids, a potent new V8 and a six-cylinder diesel Ingenium engine. Pure-electric propulsion will be introduced in 2024.

“The new Range Rover Sport complements the versatile lifestyle of the discerning Kiwi customer,” says Steve Kenchington, Chief Executive Officer, Jaguar Land Rover New Zealand.

“It is dramatically dynamic and luxurious - with new-age modifications and sits at the pinnacle of pioneering innovation and desirability. The new model is an evolution rather than a revolution yet continues to shift Land Rover from a premium heritage brand to the creator of the most desirable vehicles, for the most discerning of customers.”

The sophisticated exterior is unmistakably Range Rover Sport with taut surfacing, a dynamic stance and instantly recognisable profile. Dramatic proportions accentuate the Range Rover Sport’s distinctive character, with short overhangs, an assertive front-end and steeply raked glazing at the front and back.

The sculpted exterior is detailed with exquisite finishes. The eye-catching Digital LED lighting unit designs, for example, are the slimmest ever fitted to a Land Rover. These sit above a sculpted, double-aperture lower bumper that incorporates a horizontal bisecting body-colour element that creates greater visual width.

Such precisely honed design elements are echoed at the vehicle’s rear, including a sculpted tailgate with a full-width feature bearing the Range Rover script. Uninterrupted LED light graphics introduce surface LED technology to a production vehicle for the first time, providing a crisp and contemporary look at night that is vivid and consistent when viewed from any angle.

A characteristic shoulder line runs the length of the vehicle, accentuated by new lower fender details and the longest spoiler ever fitted to a Range Rover.

The clean lines of the exterior are enhanced by beautifully executed flush glazing and door handles, a hidden waist rail finisher and laser-welded roof for a precise, technical and sophisticated appearance.

The new Range Rover Sport’s minimalist exterior design extends to its all-new interior, which features the trademark Range Rover ‘Command Driving Position’, along with the latest technologies, and the finest materials.

Land Rover says the cockpit-like cabin sets the tone for the dynamic driving experience, providing excellent visibility while simultaneously cocooning the driver with a high, sloping centre console and intuitive technologies.

Innovative and sustainable material choices include tactile and lightweight ‘Ultrafabrics’, premium textiles finished in attractive new Duo Tone colourways, while a unique textile option that extends to the dashboard and door detailing is also available. Alternatives include luxurious grained, Windsor or soft Semi-Aniline leather options, contributing to a clean, crisp, modern aesthetic.

These tactile materials seamlessly blend with clever elements such as integrated audio speakers, developed with Meridian, which are hidden behind the textile of the rear doors.

The new Range Rover Sport also introduces more advanced chassis technologies than ever before, providing a comprehensive dynamic toolkit for the most engaging and dynamically capable driving experience. The inherent stiffness and strength of the flexible mixed-metal architecture (MLA-Flex) – which provides up to 35% higher torsional stiffness than the previous Range Rover Sport – lays the foundations for this technology. It harmoniously works with a suite of systems governed by the Integrated Chassis Control system – all specially tuned for New Range Rover Sport.

Among the systems is the new Dynamic Response Pro, which works hand-in-hand with the latest generation Dynamic Air Suspension, introducing switchable-volume air springs for the first time. Dynamic Response Pro provides ultimate roll control via a 48-volt electronic active roll control system, capable of applying up to 1,400Nm of torque across each axle, for a confidence-inspiring driving experience and new levels of body control and cornering composure.

Dynamic Air Suspension is fitted to every new Range Rover Sport. This intelligent system enhances the bandwidth of the suspension by varying the pressure within the chambers (higher pressure provides stiffer damping) to deliver traditional Range Rover comfort with the dynamic handling expected from the Range Rover Sport. To optimise responses, the vehicle monitors the road ahead using eHorizon navigation data to pre-emptively prime for upcoming bends.

Meanwhile, Adaptive Dynamics 2 technology contributes to dynamic capability by continuously controlling the Active Twin Valve Dampers to reduce unwanted body movements. It monitors external factors up to 500 times per second to deliver the perfect responses and, in harmony with the other chassis technologies, delivers the most precise and composed driving dynamics of any Range Rover Sport.

The new Range Rover Sport’s cornering agility is taken to a new level with All-Wheel Steering, Torque Vectoring by Braking, and the Electronic Active Differential.

All-Wheel Steering provides rear-wheel steering of up to 7.3 degrees out of phase with the front wheels to achieve enhanced agility and manoeuvrability at low speeds, while turning in-phase for superior stability at high speeds. This gives the Range Rover Sport the turning circle of a hatchback and on-road agility of a much smaller car.

All new Range Rover Sport models are fitted with an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission and Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, which intuitively anticipates where traction is required, efficiently engaging to provide the most effective progress in all conditions, while optimising efficiency.

Enhancing the off-road performance is Land Rover’s latest Terrain Response 2 system, which intelligently applies the most appropriate settings for the terrain. New Adaptive Off-Road Cruise Control makes its debut on the latest Range Rover Sport and helps drivers navigate tricky terrain by maintaining steady progress according to the ground conditions. Drivers can select one of four comfort settings and the system intelligently adjusts the speed accordingly, allowing the driver to focus on steering.

Another of the many highlights in the new Range Rover Sport is its award-winning PIVI Pro infotainment system. This features a high resolution floating 13.1-inch curved touchscreen positioned at the centre of the modernist dashboard. Controlling everything from navigation to media and vehicle settings, PIVI Pro learns the user’s habits and intelligently personalises the onboard experience, becoming a truly intuitive personal assistant.

The PIVI Pro screen is complemented by a 13.7-inch Interactive Driver Display, with high-definition graphics that echo the main PIVI Pro system, and a reconfigurable layout so drivers can see the information that’s most important to them. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Wireless Android Auto are both fitted as standard, meaning smartphones can be tucked out of the way on the dedicated 15W Wireless Device Charger, beneath the PIVI Pro screen, without the need for trailing wires.

Powerful Meridian audio options are available, and the Meridian Signature Sound System is the most advanced and powerful audio system ever fitted to a Range Rover Sport. It presents an enveloping sound experience using 29 speakers, a new subwoofer and up to 1,430W of amplifier power – including four headrest speakers that enable those travelling in the four main seats of the vehicle to experience personal sound zones.

Further New Zealand specification details for the Range Rover Sport line-up, along with specific powertrain options and local pricing will become available later in 2022.

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