RE: All-new Range Rover Sport revealed

RE: All-new Range Rover Sport revealed

Wednesday 11th May

All-new Range Rover Sport revealed

"Most desirable, advanced and dynamically capable" RRS yet is available to order now


Probably nobody needs reminding of the Range Rover Sport’s significance. More than a million have now been sold across two generations and 17 years, which is no mean feat for a car that a) has never been cheap and b) has never been short of rivals, either. So this third generation Sport is a huge new model for Range Rover, perhaps as important as the flagship revealed last year.

Reflecting that status, this new one really is all-new, from design to architecture and powertrains to interior. That said, much like the big boy Range Rover, there will be no mistaking this new Sport for anything other than an RRS. The design is described as “amplifying its unquestionable sporting and confident character” by Gerry McGovern, with the most obvious changes including the lights (using surface LED technology) and the bumpers. But those familiar Sport traits - short overhangs, steeply raked glazing and an “assertive” face - mean that, even though clearly new, nobody is going to mistake this car’s identity either.

The popularity of the ‘Dynamic’ spec for the previous car means it gets its own distinct look this time around, as seen in the red car here; there are unique bumpers with body-coloured-cladding, badges in ‘Matted Graphite Atlas’ and copper exterior highlights to deliver “the most dramatic interpretation of the Range Rover Sport formula.” Which would make the newly available 23-inch wheels almost obligatory, really.

This Sport is underpinned by the MLA-Flex platform, which it is claimed provides “up to 35 per cent higher torsional stiffness than the previous Range Rover Sport”, which never seemed to lack much in that regard. And although there’s not much change in its burly kerbweight - the petrols kick off at 2,265kg DIN, the diesels 2,315kg and the PHEVs 2,660kg - there is a host of new technology aimed at delivering a best-in-class driving experience.

The Sport has rear-axle steering for the very first time, to improve agility at low speed and stability when cruising, as well as 48-volt active roll control and Dynamic Air Suspension with switchable volume air springs. The really committed will be able to opt for a ‘Stormer Handling Pack’, the name a nod to that original 2004 concept, which bundles together the rear-axle steering with an electronic active diff, torque vectoring by braking and Dynamic Response Pro. Matt Becker has said the result is a “sportier character than ever before, with elevated luxury and refinement.”

That’s all just on-road, of course - the new Range Rover Sport’s off-road credentials haven’t been ignored. Terrain Response 2 now boasts Adaptive Off-Road Cruise Control (an evolution of All Terrain Progress Control), offering pre-set speeds to allow the driver to focus on steering, as well as Configurable Terrain Response and even a Wade Mode for the perfect bow wave. The vital numbers here are a maximum ground clearance of 281mm, a maximum articulation of 546mm, an approach angle of 33 degrees, a breakover angle of 26.9 degrees and a departure angle of 30 degrees. All of those take a small dent if you opt for a Dynamic model (with those sportier bumpers) or a PHEV (with the batteries more vulnerable.)

Speaking of which, it’s probably time to get on with powertrains. Like the larger Range Rover, an electric Sport is coming, though not for a couple of years yet. At launch buyers will be offered two PHEV models, matching a straight-six petrol with 105kW motor and 38.2kWh battery, alongside a mild-hybrid petrol, two MHEV diesels and the twin-turbo 4.4 V8 flagship. All are familiar from existing models, though a few stats are worth repeating.

Both P440e and P510e hybrids are expected to deliver 54 miles of real-world electric range (from a WLTP figure of 70) at up to 87mph, with the ability to accept 50kW DC charging. Which will likely make both models popular with business and private customers, though our attention has inevitably been grabbed by the 530hp petrol model at the top of the range. Ever since 2005, nothing has quite been able to match the sense of imperious satisfaction that comes from driving a V8 Sport, so we’ll have to hope that continues this time around. Range Rover is promising a 17 per cent improvement in fuel economy along with 20 per cent more torque, which sounds good, alongside a ‘visceral driving experience’. All models use an eight-speed automatic.

Finally, to the new Sport’s interior. Once more, it’ll look familiar to those with experience of recent Range Rover product, but that’s hardly a demerit given how they’ve turned out. The Pivi Pro infotainment, with over the air updates and standard Amazon Alexa, operates through a 13.1-inch central curved haptic touchscreen; the driver’s display is 13.7 inches. Additional technology onboard includes a ‘Hey Land Rover’ personal assistant (which seems a bit much with Alexa as well, but hey ho), a 15W wireless charger and remote parking, which works through the Land Rover app (on your freshly charged phone) to get the car into a space without you having to be at the controls. And probably very handy given the size.

That’s in addition to all the adaptive safety kit that’s expected, rear seat entertainment and new digital LED headlights that can use navigation data to change the beam pattern. So be sure to check those out when they’re a bit too close behind on the M40.

A lot to take in then, but that’s kind of the point. Even compared to the last Sport’s launch in 2013, this model is vital. Because people love SUVs more than a decade ago. Don’t believe us? Take it from JLR CEO Thierry Bollore: “The exceptional New Range Rover Sport sets new standards as the ultimate sporting luxury SUV, building on seventeen years of unique customer appeal. It is the latest embodiment of our vision to create the world's most desirable modern luxury vehicles, effortlessly blending new levels of sustainability with the signature qualities that have made Range Rover Sport so popular."

Those that like an RRS, then - and there are more than a million of them, don’t forget - should find plenty to be encouraged by here. The new model is available to order now, priced from £79,125. Expect them on the road later this year.


Author
Discussion

Maccmike8

Original Poster:

544 posts

31 months

Tuesday 10th May
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As always it looks great.
As always reliability and residuals wont.

DoctorX

5,965 posts

144 months

Tuesday 10th May
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Looks a bit boxy in that second picture. Lovely car, but no thanks.

MightyBadger

877 posts

27 months

Tuesday 10th May
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I like the outside, classy.

originals

1,319 posts

4 months

Tuesday 10th May
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Prefer that to the FFRR.

Just don't spec it in black/black wheels.

Got4wheels

67 posts

3 months

Tuesday 10th May
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Hmm, not so sure about this, I think it'll be colour dependent. Looks a bit too like the Evoque (no bad thing per se, but creativity) and the minimalist rear end doesn't translate as well as it did on the new RR. I'll have to see it in the metal.

The interior does look lovely though, and hey look, a dial for the volume and climate controls! biggrin Like the current RR Sport, it will sell nicely.

Michael

RacerMike

3,402 posts

188 months

Tuesday 10th May
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Maccmike8 said:
As always it looks great.
As always reliability and residuals wont.
Well done. Think that’s potentially bingo in the first post.

Edited by RacerMike on Tuesday 10th May 19:32

Jon556

17 posts

3 months

Tuesday 10th May
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It looks like an Alfa Romeo SZ at the back! Especially in that colour.

Wasn’t expecting that.

Its Just Adz

11,127 posts

186 months

Tuesday 10th May
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My neighbour (land rover salesman) just sent me a link to the launch video.
The git, I wonder what ours is worth on trade in.

Dr Interceptor

6,717 posts

173 months

Tuesday 10th May
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Actually the first time I have preferred the look of the Sport to the FFRR.

Hope it does well for them, which I’m sure it will.

WY86

173 posts

4 months

Tuesday 10th May
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Pricey starting at almost £80k, SVR gonna be around £180k i bet. Does look good though.

redroadster

1,450 posts

209 months

Tuesday 10th May
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Looks like a Peugeot suv from rear.

Cups Renault

107 posts

178 months

Tuesday 10th May
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More chintz for the Cheshire / celebrity social media followers

Will sell well at 10%+ apr

Good luck in a stagflationary environment

originals

1,319 posts

4 months

Tuesday 10th May
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WY86 said:
Pricey starting at almost £80k, SVR gonna be around £180k i bet. Does look good though.
I'll take that bet.

FtypeRmeister

44 posts

112 months

Tuesday 10th May
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Looks good to me. Never cease to be disappointed by comments that highlight Land Rover reliability having run Range Rovers since 1987 without any significant issues. Unlike 6 Porsches and 4 Mercedes. The British people building these cars generally do a good job and we could give them and the designers our support. I find our current FFRR a bit big, so hopefully this Sport will fit in the UK a bit more easily!

Spiros115

175 posts

27 months

Tuesday 10th May
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Great looking thing, seems so odd to have a small grill but so refreshing, interior is a dream and looks well laid out, might now be the sweet spot of the RR line up.

WCZ

9,288 posts

171 months

Tuesday 10th May
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looks great imo

Mouse Rat

1,408 posts

69 months

Tuesday 10th May
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redroadster said:
Looks like a Peugeot suv from rear.
Yep I thought that, looks really good.

I've always preferred the RRS in base S or SE spec as they look much better dressed down and on smaller wheels

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Cold

12,800 posts

67 months

Tuesday 10th May
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notread said:
No doubt these'll be all over the Cotswolds like a rash before too long. Black with "cherished plates". I look forward to seeing them looming in my mirror as they tailgate me through every 30 limit.

On a serious note, the lack of design ambition and relevance is depressing. Land Rover are not alone in this, but as a pedlar of essentially oversized, supposedly luxury vehicles, they're certainly part of the problem.

Manufacturers and designers - especially "premium" brands - don't just pander to customer demand, they actively create that demand. They define what's aspirational and influence customer behaviour. It's high time they recognised that responsibility and "nudged" people toward better choices.

It's within the capability of the automotive industry to make a virtue of efficient packaging, lighter weight, smaller wheels and tyres, lower-drag etc. Designers need to redefine luxury, creating beauty through simplicity and intelligent, honest use of sustainable materials. And they need to do it quickly, because the sh*t is hitting the fan now, not 20 years in the future.

Instead, the auto industry seems intent on perpetuating the idea that luxury = BIG, with dozens of different materials, processes and surface finishes, few of which serve any practical purpose and most of which are expensive (in terms of money, resources and energy) to produce and difficult or impossible to resuse or recycle.

We, and our kids, deserve better.
Zzzzz. sleep

originals

1,319 posts

4 months

Tuesday 10th May
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notread said:
We, and our kids, deserve better.
laugh

Canon_Fodder

904 posts

40 months

Tuesday 10th May
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The polar opposite of what I like about cars


But I have to concede that these do look a cut above other premium SUVs