The latest generation Range Rover Sport made its international debut this week. It follows on from its larger sibling, the Range Rover, which was introduced in the latter part of 2021. The new Range Rover Sport will be coming to SA before the year is out.

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The third generation of Land Rover’s luxury performance SUV is all new from the ground up. It is based on Land Rover’s flexible Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA-Flex). MLA-FLex is the same platform that is used in the larger Range Rover.

Land Rover’s Electrical Vehicle Architecture (EVA 2.0) supports an ecosystem of seamless connected technologies, including Software Over The Air (SOTA). The clever technology provides remote updates for 63 electronic modules.

Of course, the new Range Rover Sport features an all-wheel-drive system that should allow it to venture far off the beaten path (as if any owners ever do – Ed). Suspension is via dual-chamber airbags on each wheel. There is also rear-wheel steering for added manoeuvrability. 

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The exterior design is likely to be one of the key talking points. Overall the impression is of a large vehicle, seemingly amplified by thin head and taillamps. The new car seems to be as smooth as a well-weathered pebble. There are no protrusions or ridges anywhere on the body, even the windows are flush-fit with the metalwork. 

The air of simplicity has been carried through to the cabin as well. Land Rover’s design team say that the Range Rover Sport’s interior features a new cockpit-like interpretation of the trademark Range Rover Command Driving Position. The latest technologies and highest grade materials have been used in the cabin. A Pivi Pro infotainment interface features a high resolution floating 13,1-inch haptic touchscreen positioned at the centre of the dashboard. This system controls everything from navigation to media and vehicle settings.

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The press release was not too clear about the engine line that will be available in SA. We know there will be four powertrains that will include a six-cylinder extended range plug-in hybrid. In addition there is a new twin-turbocharged V8 that produces 390 kW. The latter can sprint from 0-100 km/h in 4,5 seconds with Dynamic Launch engaged.