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Land Rover unleashes sporty X5 rival

2004-11-26 11:51

The new Range Rover Sport

Land Rover will launch the much-anticipated Range Rover Sport at the Detroit Motor Show in January. Land Rover is positioning the Sport between the new Discovery and the range-topping Range Rover.

This SUV, which shares its underpinnings with the Discovery, is based on the Range Stormer concept, which was on display at the 2004 Detroit show.

However, the Ranger Stormer was a three-door vehicle whereas the production version is in five-door guise.

The Sport is 14 cm shorter and about 70 mm lower than the Range Rover and its most distinctive design feature is the sloping tailgate window, which reminds of the original Range Rover.

Despite design similarities with the Range Rover the Sport's bonnet is lower and its windscreen is more slanting than that of its big brother.

Under the skin

Its engine line-up will include a 2.7-litre V6 diesel unit which is sourced from the Jaguar S-Type.

Petrol derivatives include a 4.4-litre with a power output of 217 kW. But the real gem promises to be a supercharged 4.2-litre V8 engine kicking out 292 kW with a maximum torque of 550 Nm.

The Sport shares the new Discovery's separate body and chassis structure, but with a 150 mm shorter wheelbase. It features a modified version of the Disco's air-sprung, all-independent suspension.

All models will have a six-speed automatic gearbox from Jaguar, while the steering is also Jaguar-related.

An active suspension system called Dynamic Response is standard with the supercharged engine and optional on other models.

All Sport models will come with Land Rover's Terrain Response off-road system which provides five different settings that correspond to different types of surface.


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