NEW RANGE ROVER SPORT HST: The new Range Rover Sport HST will be available to order in May 15. Image: Land Rover
• New HST for 2015 New York show
• 30kW more power to 280kW
• New design options
• Updates for Range Rover Sport
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will debut its new Range Rover Sport HST at the 2015 New York auto show.
The HST is powered by an upgraded 280kW (up from 250kW) three-litre supercharged V6 petrol, new chassis settings and design tweaks. The HST joins the 250kW V6 variant and the 405kW supercharged SVR.
The automaker will, at the New York show, unveil a number of updates for its 2016 model year Range Rover Sport line-up, including its new gesture-controlled tailgate and auto access height.
NEW DARK THEME
The Range Rover Sport HST has a dark exterior theme complete with black, non-reflective head- and taillight surrounds, black roof and spoiler.
It has dark grey 21” alloy rims (22” available as an option) and upgraded brakes with red calipers. The bonnet, vents, grille and foglights are finished in black.
As with its siblings, the HST has red Sport badging at the rear, complemented by HST badging on the front vents. Changes to its suspension, Land Rover says, reduce body roll and deliver enhanced agility.
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Its all-wheel drive terrain response has a dynamic mode, which optimises suspension and steering to suit normal roads. According to JLR: “This feature provides more controlled electronic damping and a more responsive throttle pedal, while enhancing gearshifts and steering response to match the change in vehicle character.”
It has two-tone leather seats black trim on the doors, centre console and rooflining. Leather upholstery is available in four colour combinations. It’s equipped with plated paddle-shifts and bright sport pedals.
The 2015 Range Rover Sport HST will be available to order in May.
UPDATED RANGE ROVER SPORT
JLR’s 2016 Range Rover Sport receives several enhancements, the automakers says, “with an emphasis on improved practicality and desirability”.
Terrain progress control is standard on all Sport variants and uses the automaker’s terrain response 2 technology, for advanced off-road capability. New auto access height lowers the vehicle to “access height” for ease of entry/exit.
Its gesture tailgate can be allows access to the rear by waving a foot underneath the rear of the vehicle.
Buyers have access to a range of customization options and accessories including a new carbon-fibre pack which comprises of black lacquer side-vents, tailgate trim, side-mirror covers, grille surround, foglights and bonnet vents.
The 2016 model year Range Rover Sport will be available to order from May 2015, with first deliveries expected in September.