Land Rover has unveiled the latest generation Range Rover Sport premiere with a dramatic world-first climb up a flooded dam spillway in Iceland.
The new SUV measures at 4,946mm in length with a 2,997mm long wheelbase, 2,209mm in width with front and rear tracks measuring at 1,702mm and 1,704mm, respectively and 1,820mm in height.
With the new update, the SUV is now in line with its big brother, the Range Rover, in terms of design and features slim new LED headlights, and new air intakes at the front, while the rear is distinguishable with new LED rear lights.
Moreover, it has a ground clearance of 216mm, which can be raised to 281mm along with an approach angle of 33 degrees and a departure angle of 30 degrees. While the ramp angle stands at 26.9 degrees, and it can wade through water as deep as 900mm.
Based on the company’s flexible Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA-Flex), the new SUV comes with three engine options, including a 3.0L inline six-cylinder petrol with 400hp and a 3.0L inline six-cylinder diesel with 300hp and 350hp in the D300 and D350, respectively.
Both aided by a 48V mild-hybrid system and a BMW derives 4.4L V8 is also available with 523bhp along with 750Nm of peak torque and a 0-100km/h time of 4.5 seconds. All the engine options are mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
Additionally, the company said that a pure EV version of the vehicle is also in the pipeline and is slated to hit the market by 2024.
In terms of off-road capabilities, all the trim levels will feature the company’s intelligent all-wheel-drive system along with the optional all-wheel with the Stormer Pack.
Furthermore, it also comes with Land Rover’s Integrated Chassis Control system and Dynamic Air Suspension with switchable-volume air springs and Adaptive Off-Road Cruise Control.
The new vehicle has not only grown in terms of off-road capabilities but also the tech that it packs in. It now packs in the Electrical Vehicle Architecture (EVA 2.0) that supports an ecosystem of seamless connected technologies, including Software Over The Air (SOTA), and provides remote updates for 63 electronic modules.
The cabin features the floating 33.27 cm (13.1) haptic Pivi Pro infotainment system, controlling functions from navigation to media and vehicle settings. In addition to that, it also gets a digital driver display and Amazon Alexa integration, along with two more 11.4-inch screens in the rear with the rear seat entertainment package.
Nick Collins, Executive Director, Vehicle Programmes, Jaguar Land Rover, said, “Land Rover’s pioneering MLA-Flex architecture and the latest chassis systems come together to deliver the highest levels of dynamism we’ve ever seen on Range Rover Sport. Integrated Chassis Control governs the comprehensive suite of innovations, co-ordinating everything from the latest switchable-volume air suspension system to our Dynamic Response Pro electronic active roll control.”