Land Rover has taken the covers off its 2014 Range Rover Sport. Designed as an amalgamation of the compact Evoque model, the new Range Rover Sport is 75 per cent unique, according to Gerry McGovern, Land Rover design director.
‘The car has unique suspension tuning, the actuators on the active roll bars are different, the control systems are unique, and the electric power steering has been programmed differently. You will not believe how good this thing feels.’
The new generation is 2.5 inches longer (62mm), (but still 149mm shorter than the flagship Range Rover) 8 percent more aerodynamic and maybe most important, is 420kg lighter. That’s huge – Much of this massive weight savings came from switching the steel unibody mounted to a separate chassis to a single, all-aluminum unibody setup. Basically, in the real world, the latest high-output V6 will do the same job as the V8 in the outgoing model.
Talking about engines, the 2014 Range Rover Sport will be offered with a choice of two diesel engines: a 3.0 liter turbo-diesel V6 delivering 255 hp, and a 4.4 liter SDV8 (super-diesel) that delivers 335 hp.
In addition, the flagship model will carry the 503bhp 5.0-litre supercharged V8. Later in 2014 we’ll see a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine option. Land Rover also reports a high efficiency diesel-hybrid option available sometime in 2014.
New to 2014 Range Rover Sport:
– 5+2 seating option
– Weight saving of up to 420kg
– 15 percent CO2 reduction (TDV6 engine)
– lightweight aluminium architecture
– 8 percent more aerodynamic
– 75 percent unique parts
– Maximum ground clearance is increased to 278mm (+51mm)
– Terrain Response® 2 system
– New electric power steering
– two full-time 4WD systems
– diesel Hybrid model (later this year for delivery in 2014)
– fuel consumption cut by up to 24 percent (depending on model)
– vehicle’s platform 39 percent lighter
– 24mm more knee room inside
– Wi-Fi Hotspot
– colour Head-Up Display
– digital camera system which supports three driver assistance features
– Wade Sensing technology: ‘depth’ information when driving through water