• The new Land Rover Range Rover Sport made its global debut

It gets sharper styling, improved interior and hybrid powertrain with electric to follow

The British SUV maker has revealed the new Range Rover Sport. For 2022 the SUV has been quite improved starting from the exterior which is now more aerodynamically designed and enables a low drag coefficient of 0.29. Then the interior that is now more luxurious and boasts latest features and then the engine that features electrified powertrain with fully electric unit to follow in 2024. Based on the MLA-Flex architecture, it provides up to 35 percent more torsional stiffness than the previous Range Rover Sport. It will be available in S, SE, HSE and Autobiography trims, with a First Edition variant too that will be available for the first year post production.

Coming to the design, it is sharper looking then ever and yet it poses a muscular stance. The digital headlamps are the slimmest unit yet fitted in a Range Rover. It is accompanied by a blackened grille and split air dam below that seems to complete the package. The side profile too is clean and the flush door neatly merges with the body. The floating roof design gives a nice sporty touch and can be seen sloping down towards the D pillar. The rear too carries minimalistic design with slim LED taillights and Range Rover boldly inscripted on the back. The rear bumper is exposed to reveal the chrome plated exhaust and diffuser adding to the SUV’s appeal. The interior is luxurious and the dual-done theme adds that plushy feel to it. The cabin is set up as a cockpit to enhance the driving experience and features 22-way adjustable, heated and ventilated electric memory front seats with massage function.

Features on the new SUV include PM2.5 cabin air purification, optional 29 speaker Meridian sound system, flush door handles with proximity sensing, soft door close and approach unlock, Pivi Pro infotainment with 13.1-inch curved touchscreen that supports Amazon Alexa, a 13.7-inch instrument cluster, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 15W wireless charger.

It also gets Electrical Vehicle Architecture (EVA 2.0) that supports Software Over the Air (SOTA) and remote updates for 63 electronic modules. Safety features include ADAS system, emergency braking, 3D surround camera, including front and rear parking sensors, wade sensing, cruise control, driver condition monitor, lane keep assist and traffic sign recognition.

The SUV is offered in two plug-in hybrid powertrains of petrol and diesel along with five mild-hybrid powertrains (Petrol hybrid: P360 and P400 and diesel hybrid: D250, D300 and D350) and a twin-turbo V8. The 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol engine with 105kW electric motor produces a combined power of 510PS. It enables a sprint to 100kmph in 5.4 seconds and an electric drive range of up to 113km. While the 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel engine with 48V mild-hybrid system offers 440PS enabling an acceleration from 0-100kmph in 5.8 seconds. Then comes the mighty twin-turbo V8 powertrain that churns out 530PS, which claims to reach 100kmph from standstill in 4.5 seconds. All models are fitted with eight-speed automatic transmission driving all four wheels.

The new Range Rover Sport is priced at £ 79,125 (roughly Rs 75 lakh) without taxes or import duty. Here in India it will compete against Audi Q8, BMW X7, Mercedes-Benz GLS, Porsche Cayenne and the Volvo XC90.

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