Land Rover has officially pulled the wraps of the second generation Range Rover Sport on the eve of the 2013 New York Auto Show. The British car maker revealed the second generation Range Rover Sport in style with James Bond Daniel Craig driving the vehicle through New York in a live reveal. The decision to unveil the new RR Sport in the Big Apple is obvious as it is one of the biggest markets for the Range Rover Sport. The company calls the new Range Rover Sport as the fastest, most agile and responsive Land Rover to date.
The all new Range Rover Sport takes design cues from the new Range Rover and Evoque. The vehicle is a compact version of the flagship Range Rover but has grown in size, measuring 4850 mm with an increase in wheelbase by 178 mm. This enables Land Rover to offer a 5+2 seating option, which gives the vehicle more practicality. Even the width of this SUV has increased (by 55 mm), while aerodynamics are better by 8 percent, thanks to a Cd of 0.34. However the biggest change is the use of aluminium unibody construction, in place of the steel body-on-frame layout. This results in huge weight savings, to the tune of 420 kgs over the outgoing RR Sport.
Although based on the new Range Rover’s PLA (Premium Lightweight Architecture), the new Range Rover Sport is 149 mm shorter, 55 mm lower and 45 kgs lighter than its elder sibling, with whom it shares 75 percent of parts. The new Range Rover Sport has a fully independent, lightweight aluminium suspension with fifth generation air suspension which has 115 mm of regular movement. The new Sport can be raised by 35 mm, enabling a total movement range of 185 mm.
The 2014 Range Rover Sport gets a new electric power steering along with a choice of two full time 4-wheel drive systems. One of these systems ensures that the Range Rover Sport can conquer most terrain in the world, with a two-speed transfer case and a low-range option. It has 100 percent locking capability with a 50:50 default torque split. The second option has a AWD system with a single-speed transfer and is not as off-road capable as the first option, but notably it is lighter by 18 kgs.
The new Range Rover Sport in typical Land Rover fashion is loaded with features. There is Adaptive Dynamics system with Continuously Variable Dampers, Dynamic mode in Terrain Response 2 system, digital camera system, Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition, Wade Sensing Information (provides depth information when driving through water), Automatic High Beam Assist and Head-Up Display to name a few. The interiors take heavy inspiration from the Evoque.
Powering the 2014 Range Rover Sport are a range of engines, including 3.0-litre supercharged petrol V6 with 335 HP, 5.0-litre supercharged petrol V8 with 503 HP, 3.0-litre supercharged diesel V6 (SDV6) with 288 HP, 3.0-litre TDV6 diesel with 255 HP and 4.4-litre SDV8 diesel with 339 PS. All these engines are mated to a 8-speed automatic transmission. Land Rover will also introduce a diesel-electric hybrid next year.
The new Range Rover Sport range has been priced between $63,495 and $93,295 in the USA, with sales commencing in the next few months. Land Rover will launch the second gen Range Rover Sport in India later this year, bringing it via the CBU route. The British automaker will introduce the new Range Rover Sport in 169 markets in the near future. The vehicle is being manufactured at the company’s Solihull plant in the UK.