Land Rover Range Rover Sport (2013–)
- March 2013: New Range Rover Sport revealed
- September 2013: Hybrid diesel versions of Range Rover Sport launched
- June 2014: Stealth Pack on HSE Dynamic and Autobiography Dynamic models launched
- July 2014: Range Rover Sport updated for 2015
- October 2017: Range Rover Sport Plug-In Hybrid launched
- June 2019: Tow Car Award for Range Rover Sport
New Range Rover Sport revealed
The new L494 Range Rover Sport Sport was developed alongside the Range Rover, and follows the same style, fitting in neatly between the Range Rover and the smaller Evoque. It retains the familiar Range Rover profile but with a sleeker and less boxy look than before.
It's slightly longer than the previous model and has a longer wheelbase, which means more interior space as well as better handling.
Unlike before, the new Sport is available as a seven-seater, making it a viable option for bigger families. The extra seats electrically fold into the boot floor, so there's no loss in boot space when they're not being used. However, even Land Rover describes the extra two seats as 'occasional'.
As with the exterior, the interior apes the larger Range Rover with a similar design and a superb level of fit and finish is promised. It gets a smaller steering wheel plus bigger seat bolsters to add to its sportier appeal while the driving position is more akin to the Evoque than the Range Rover.
Initially two engines in the range. A supercharged 5.0-litre V8 petrol with 510PS or the 3.0-litre SDV6 diesel with 292PS. In early 2014, a lower powered TDV6 with 258PS will be introduced alongside the SDV8 - a 4.4-litre diesel with 339PS. A Hybrid with emissions of just 169g/km will follow later next year and Land Rover has hinted at a four-cylinder engine making its way into the range.
Thanks to the extensive use of aluminium, the new Sport is quicker than the old model while fuel economy is also better. All models get the impressive eight-speed automatic gearbox also used by Jaguar. Alloy wheel sizes will range from 19-inch up to a ridiculous 22-inch meaning there's plenty of scope for the bling.
If the new Range Rover is anything to go by then we can expect much improved handling with the new Sport. It has fully-independent lightweight aluminium suspension to aid on road handling yet like all Land Rover models this is still a vehicle than can cope with proper off-road driving. The maximum ground clearance is increased to 278mm (up by 51mm) and the upgraded air suspension system automatically varies between two ride heights.
There is an all-new electric power steering designed to have more direct feel while there will be a choice of two full-time 4WD systems. One has a low-range option, for the most demanding off-road conditions with a 50/50 default power split. The other has 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 to deliver traction in all conditions.
Hybrid diesel versions of Range Rover Sport launched
The hybrid Range Rover and Range Rover Sport are powered by a diesel engine alongside an electric motor rather than a petrol unit.
The hybrid Range Rovers pair Land Rover's 3.0-litre, 290bhp V6 diesel engine working with a 46bhp, 170Nm electric motor housed within the eight-speed automatic transmission. Land Rover claims comparable performance to models powered by the TDV8 diesel engine, but with 26% lower CO2emisions (169g/km) and average fuel economy of 44.1mpg.
The triple-mode drive system defaults to full hybrid mode, but drivers can switch to zero-emissions all-electric (EV) operation or a sport setting, which gives stronger acceleration. EV mode allows one mile of electric driving at speeds of up to 30mph before the batteries are exhausted, but they are recharged when the driver coasts or brakes. EV mode ensures both cars are exempt from the London congestion charge.
Stealth Pack on HSE Dynamic and Autobiography Dynamic models launched
Features a set of exterior design enhancements, including satin black front grille and grille surround, fog lamp bezels, bonnet and fender vents, upper mirror caps and tailgate finisher. Stealth finish on non-reflective headlamp and tail lamp surfaces along with a choice of 21-inch 9-spoke, or 22-inch 5-spoke wheels, in satin black finish with wheel nuts in gloss black, further distinguishes the vehicle. The Range Rover Sport Stealth Pack will retail at £1,700 with 21-inch wheels or £2,500 with 22-inch wheels.
Range Rover Sport updated for 2015
The SDV8 now produces 339PS and 740Nm – a 40Nm increase – with a fuller torque curve from 1700rpm to 3300rpm. This improves in-gear acceleration by up to 6.5% from fifth to eighth gear, ensuring effortless overtaking ability and enhanced towing capability. The ZF 8-speed automatic gearbox has been re-engineered with a revised torque converter incorporating a twin-spring damper. Despite such a large increase in torque, the SDV8’s fuel economy and CO2 emissions remain unchanged at 32.5mpg and 229g/km CO2.
Range Rover Sport Plug-In Hybrid launched
In addition to the new petrol-electric hybrid options, every Range Rover Sport now has an enhanced design and new consumer technology.
The latest Range Rover Sport is Jaguar Land Rover’s first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Badged P400e, the new model combines a 300PS 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine with an 85kW electric motor. The 404PS total available power output – available from the permanent four-wheel drive system – delivers 0-62mph in 6.7 seconds and a maximum speed of 137mph. It has 640Nm of combined torque.
Thanks to its electrified powertrain, Range Rover Sport P400e emits 64g/km on the NEDC cycle and offers an all-electric range of 31 miles without the petrol engine running.
When rapid charging, a full charge can be achieved in as little as 2 hours 45 minutes at home using a dedicated or 32amp wall box. The battery can be fully charged in 7 hours 30 minutes using the 10 amp home charging cable supplied as standard.
At the front, there are intelligent Matrix Pixel LED headlights, sitting alongside a redesigned grille. This is complemented by a new bumper with a more aggressive profile. The new PHEV derivative also includes access to the 7Kw on-board charger hidden behind the Land Rover badge on the right of the grille.
Inside the cabin, the new Touch Pro Duo infotainment system called ‘Blade’ by its developers, is the most advanced ever created by Jaguar Land Rover and is truly state-of-the-art. Two high-definition 10-inch touchscreens form the centrepiece of the minimalist cabin, blending a futuristic, elegant feel with an intuitive, engaging interface and unrivalled functionality.
In-car connectivity is enhanced with up to 12 power points, including two domestic plug sockets to keep laptops and other devices topped up. The introduction of the Jaguar Land Rover Activity Key also brings new levels of convenience to the Range Rover Sport, allowing customers to lock and unlock their vehicle without the need to carry a key fob – ideal for outdoor pursuits.
Tow Car Award for Range Rover Sport
Range Rover Sport P400e HSE Dynamic named best plug-in hybrid at the 2019 Tow Car Awards.