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new range rover sport

 

WHEN: December 2013

HOW MUCH: Rs 1.0 - 1.5 crore

ENGINES: 3.0-litre V6 diesel, 4,4-litre V8 diesel, 3.0-litre V6 Supercharged petrol, 5.0-litre V8 Supercharged petrol

COMPETITION: Mercedes M-Class, Audi Q7, BMW X5, Porsche Cayenne,

 

Daniel Craig aka James Bond drove the new Range Rover Sport through Manhattan for the car’s global premiere at the New York Auto Show. While Land Rover India may not have finalised which Bollywood actor will repeat the feat on the streets of Mumbai, what is clear is that the new Range Rover Sport will be in India soon.

 

danile craig james bond range rover sport

The Range Rover Sport has been a smash-hit in the United States, especially among the New York elite.

 

The new Range Rover Sport is based on the new Range Rover. Yes, the very same car which we drove in Morocco. But, in keeping with the ‘Sport’ tradition, the new Range Rover Sport is a completely different animal. While the name indicated it must be sportier, the focus on utility is higher. Indeed, according to Land Rover’s customer focus groups, all existing customers indicated that they loved the car as it was; the simply wanted ‘more Range Rover and more Sport’.
Sounds simple, but in fact achieving that goal became the cornerstone of the project.

 

range rover sport

 

The starting point of course was the new Range Rover chassis. The all-aluminium structure gave significant weight savings, and the use of lightweight polymers and plastics for other components further saved weight. The tailgate, for example, is plastic, and is a single hatch, unlike the two-part split tailgate of the full-fat Range Rover. New, lightweight suspension, again made mostly of aluminium, has further keep weight in check. Total weight saving on the new Range Rover Sport is a whopping 420 kilos compared to the outgoing model!  The new car weighs just 2,115 kilos.

Less weight obviously translates into benefits both in the performance and handling departments, while also reducing emissions and improving fuel efficiency. The new Range Rover Sport will be available with 5 powertrain options from launch. These include the 3.0-litre V6 diesel in two different states of tune (258 PS for the TDV6 and 292 PS for the SDV6), a 4.4-litre V8 diesel with 339 PS, a 3.0-litre supercharged V6 petrol with 340 PS and the familiar 5.0-litre supercharged petrol V8 with a whopping 510 PS. All engines are mated to the same ZF 8-speed gearbox which is available across the Jaguar Land Rover family. Four-wheel drive is standard, as is Land Rover’s patented Terrain Response System off-road driving programme.

Later, Land Rover will also offer the Range Rover Sport with the same 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol which is available in the Evoque and Freelander. This version of the new Sport will be 80 kilos lighter still, which means that performance will not be compromised in any way. From 2014 Land Rover is expected to debut a diesel-electric hybrid as well.

 

new range rover sport

 

Land Rover engineers spent a lot of time fine-tuning the new Range Rover Sport’s chassis and suspension systems. A new technology, which Land Rover calls torque vectoring, works in conjunction with the various sensors on the car (yaw sensor, wheel slip sensor, roll sensor etc) and calculates the grip at each wheel, continuously distributing the torque to the wheels with the maximum traction. Torque vectoring has been integrated with the car’s Dynamic Stability control system as well, which means that not only does the system provide more cornering response, but makes the car safer as well. According to the company’s calculations, the new Range Rover Sport can carry up to 30 percent more speed through an equivalent corner compared to the previous car!

 

new range rover sport

 

To give the driver a sense of sitting ‘in’ the vehicle, the driving position is sportier compared with the Range Rover, with a taller gear lever, higher centre console and slightly lower seating position.

Of course, very few customers are likely to buy a Range Rover Sport for performance driving, or for serious mud-plugging, with many customers using their vehicles as a family car. To this end, Land Rover has bundled in lots of practicality with the new Sport. It comes with 7 seats, of course, in a 5+2 configuration, with the last row mostly for children. When not in use, these seats fold flat into the floor. Multi-zone climate control and a high-end Meridian sound system ensure total luxury.

 

range rover sport interior

 

The new Range Rover Sport will go on sale around the world by the end of this year, with deliveries expected to begin in October. The new Sport will be made both in the UK and China. China today accounts for more than a fifth of Land Rover sales globally, and production in that country will be for the Chinese market alone. The rest of the world will be supplied with cars from Land Rover’s Gaydon facility. India should get the first batch of cars by December. Prices will be steep of course, but practically a bargain compared to the full-fat Range Rover, with the company indicating there could be as much as a 20 percent difference. That means prices in India should start around the Rs 1 crore mark for the Range Rover Sport with the TDV6 engine, going up to about Rs 1.5 crore for the supercharged petrol V8 in Autobiography spec.

Land Rover counts the Mercedes M-Class, BMW X5 and Audi Q7 among the new Sport’s main competitors. The luxury SUV market in India is booming, and there is a very strong possibility that Land Rover could consider assembling the new Sport at its Pune facility. The new Evoque is set to go into production in India by year end, alongside the Land Rover Freelander. With the Sport set to use the 2.0-litre turbo petrol, going forward there could be a business case for a made-in-India Range Rover Sport too, especially if the company is serious about competing for volumes with the likes of the competitors mentioned above.

 

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