It's been a big few years for Land Rover. In late 2019, the new Defender debuted, while last year, we got the fifth-generation flagship Range Rover. And on Tuesday, Land Rover unveiled the third-generation Range Rover Sport. Get ready to see these things crawling all over America's major cities.
Just like the outgoing, second-generation Range Rover Sport, the new Sport shares the same platform and many goodies as the larger Range Rover. The new platform, called MLA Flex, uses more steel for added stiffness, and air springs come as standard as well as adaptive dampers. Standard on First Edition V-8 cars is the same 48-volt active anti-roll, and rear-wheel steering that come standard with the larger Range Rover. Powertrains are shared with the larger sibling, too—the base engine is a 3.0-liter straight-six with either 355 hp or 395 hp, while the upgrade is a BMW-sourced 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 with 523 hp. Both engines are paired with ZF's well-loved eight-speed automatic gearbox. There's also a 434-hp plug-in hybrid that promises an all-electric range of 48 miles, and in 2024, a full-electric version will arrive.
All of the car's chassis systems are controlled by a central Integrated Chassis Control system. If the big Range Rover is of any indication, it should be brilliant in the Sport. Unfortunately, six-cylinder cars won't get active anti-roll or rear-wheel steering, even as options. Of course, the Sport should be as good off-road as any Range Rover thanks to Land Rover's clever Terrain Response 2 system.
The new Sport follows a similar "reductive" design philosophy as the big Range Rover, though it still looks distinctly like a Range Rover Sport. For the most part, it's very clearly an evolution of the previous Range Rover Sport, but the rear fascia is quite different, with the license plate moved to the lower bumper, and taillights that resemble those of the Evoque and Velar. Inside, it's similarly minimalist, with a large digital gauge cluster, and a floating central screen running Jaguar Land Rover's surprisingly great new infotainment system. The seats appear to be more heavily bolstered than the big Range Rover's, and a rising center console aids the sporty vibe.
Pricing starts at $84,350 for the base six-cylinder SE model, climbing up to $122,850 for the loaded First Edition. Order books are open now.
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