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2018-07-12 08:40

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Range Rover Sport has always combined the refinement and capability of a large SUV with the performance of a sports car.

With this latest update, designed to enhance the driving experience and customer convenience, the Range Rover Sport continues to be the benchmark luxurious performance SUV.

Customers will have the two diesel and three petrol engines alongside the efficient new P400e plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) powertrain with a 51km all-electric range. 

Premium design

Range Rover Sport’s exterior design underlines its dynamic character with purposeful visual cues. The lights and slimline grille blend into a clean, single surface, while the front bumper design creates a planted, ground-hugging aesthetic that optimises airflow for enhanced cooling.

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Assertive fender vents catch the eye while the iconic floating roof helps to create a long and lean profile.

At the rear, an aggressive slotted spoiler profile complements the vehicle’s clean, efficient design, while significantly reducing the accumulation of dirt on the rear windscreen.

A suite of alloy wheel options underline the Range Rover Sport’s purposeful attitude and accentuate its athletic stance. The 21 and 22-inch designs are available with a silver, diamond-turned or black finish.

Customers looking for an even more purposeful vehicle can opt for the Black Exterior Pack for HSE Dynamic models. This adds Gloss Black exterior accents, including the grille mesh and surround, to give the Range Rover Sport a stealth-like appearance.

In addition, the Carbon Fibre Exterior Pack is available on the HSE Dynamic and the Autobiography Dynamic models and adds a high-performance edge with Gloss Black and Carbon Fibre additions to the main grille, fender vent and bonnet vent surrounds, as well as the door mirror covers and tailgate finisher.

Customers can also choose a number of metallic paints finishes and Loire Blue is available from 2019 model year in place of Kaikoura Stone.

Lighting the way

Range Rover Sport features LED headlight technology to provide superior illumination. More energy efficient and designed to last the lifetime of the vehicle, the light they produce is much closer to daylight and helps make night driving less tiring.

All models feature signature daytime running lights, automatic headlights and power wash but the new technology delivers four headlight options:

  • Premium
  • Matrix
  • Pixel
  • Pixel-Laser

The standard Premium headlight package has 24 LEDs per vehicle, with Signature Running Lights and optional Auto High Beam Assist.

The state-of-the-art Matrix LED light system with 52 LEDs offers the next level of functionality by splitting the beam into vertical strips that can be controlled individually and allow for use of the high and low beam at the same time.

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This is achieved by casting up to four vertical shadows in front of the vehicle to prevent it dazzling approaching road users without the need to dip the main beam. The advanced set-up can be optimised for town, country and motorway driving, as well as bad weather. 

Pixel LED lighting delivers complete control of 142 individual LEDs. It maximises the amount of light the Range Rover Sport projects onto the road by splitting the main beam pattern vertically and horizontally.

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This enables up to four higher definition shadows to avoid dazzling multiple vehicles ahead and incorporates Bending Lights, which operate at higher speeds to direct the main beam pattern according to the direction of steering. 

This lighting is complemented by the Pixel-Laser High Beam, which projects a precise and constant light more than 500 metres ahead thanks to 144 LEDs and four laser diodes.

For night driving and at speeds of 80km/h or more, the powerful system provides exceptional forward visibility and advanced warning of potential obstacles. The intelligent system automatically dims when other vehicles are detected.

Interior refinement

Luxurious Semi-Aniline Leather offers outstanding quality and a stain-resistant finish on Autobiography Dynamic trim and is optional on HSE and HSE Dynamic models with 20 or 22-way electronically-adjustable seats.

Grained leather upholstery is available with a choice of eight-way or 14-way adjustable front seats. Perforated Windsor leather comes with the 16-way memory front seats with the option of winged headrests.

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Interior ambient lighting highlights key design cues throughout the cabin with as many as 10 different colour options available. The atmospheric set-up bathes the footwells, sections of the doors and other parts of the interior in light, creating an even more cosseting and relaxing cabin.

Passengers also benefit from a series of flexible stowage solutions, typified by cup holders that can be removed to reveal a deep 3.2-litre storage area in the centre console with dedicated USB charging port.

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In addition, the 7.8-litre cubby box (up from 5.8 litres) features a double-level hinged tray when open, perfect for keeping wallets and mobile phones secure and out of sight.

The lockable glove box provides enhanced security, while customers can specify an optional cooler compartment or refrigerator in the front centre console capable of holding four 500ml bottles and chilling to 5C.

A cabin air ionisation system, Nanoe™, improves air quality inside and can help reduce allergens, viruses, bacteria and odours. The system uses nano-sized charged water particles that decompose harmful substances and help to cleanse the air.  

The powered roof sunblind can be opened and closed using an advanced gesture control system capable of sensing the movement of a hand. 

All it takes to open the sunblind is a rearward swipe in front of the rear-view mirror, while a simple forward motion will prompt the blind to close. Comfortable and convenient, the intuitive system also reduces potential distraction to the driver.

In addition, the blind can be closed automatically when the vehicle is locked. This keeps the interior cool in warm weather and minimises the need for air conditioning when passengers return.

When the driver opens the door, the sunblind will automatically slide open. The sunblind can still be operated with conventional buttons, if preferred.

Sustainable luxury

The Range Rover Sport is available with Jaguar Land Rover’s first Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) powertrain. The P400e is capable of driving up to 51km with zero tailpipe emissions when driven in all-electric mode.

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The P400e is the most efficient Range Rover Sport and combines an advanced 221kW four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine with an 85kW electric motor.This transformational technology is powered by an advanced 13.1kWh lithium-ion battery giving a total available power output of 297kW* from the permanent four-wheel drive system.

Together they drive Land Rover’s performance SUV from 0-100km/h in just 6.7 seconds and to a top speed of 220km/h. With an impressive 640Nm of torque, the powertrain mixes dynamic and sustainable performance with traditional Range Rover capability, comfort and refinement.

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The P400e delivers CO2emissions of 73g/km** and fuel economy of up to 3.2 l/100km. The intelligent system can also capture and store the energy generated when braking to help recharge the battery.

The combination of Ingenium petrol and electric power can be used in two driving modes: Parallel Hybrid mode (the default driving mode) and EV (Electric Vehicle) mode. 

In Parallel Hybrid mode the PHEV model can intelligently and seamlessly combine the two power sources to deliver efficient progress. By using its electrical energy reserves intelligently, the P400e always has the power and capability customers demand from a Range Rover Sport.

On longer journeys, customers can use the SAVE function to deploy the EV-only range for a specific part of their journey. For example, when entering congested urban areas.

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In EV mode the P400e can be driven up to 51km with zero-emissions when fully charged. This driving mode is manually selected using a button on the console and gives the new PHEV model a top speed of 137km/h while its generous range will allow drivers to complete most commutes without engaging the petrol engine.

The access point for the 7kW on-board recharging socket is located behind the Land Rover badge on right of the grille, at the front of the vehicle, while the 13.1kWh prism-shaped lithium-ion battery is mounted at the rear beneath the boot floor.

Charging made simple

A full charge can be achieved in approximately 7.5 hours which makes the Range Rover Sport P400e ideal for overnight battery top-ups using a domestic plug socket.

The PHEV model is available with two types of cable and includes a home charging lead, which connects to domestic power supplies, as standard.

Faster charging performance can be achieved with a public charging cable, compatible with AC wall boxes installed at domestic and business premises and service stations. This can reduce the charge time to as little as 2 hours 45 minutes.

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Timed charging is also available via the Range Rover Sport’s state-of-the-art infotainment system, which allows owners to choose the most appropriate time to begin charging – perfect for customers who want to plug in when they return home but want to wait until a cheaper energy tariff is available.

Owners can monitor the charging status via two illuminated strips that sit either side of the charging socket. A white light signifies the vehicle is connected and charging has not started, while a blue light shows that timed charging is set but not underway.

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A flashing green signal shows the car is charging, while a solid green light indicates the battery is full.

Customers can use InControl app technology to monitor the charge status wherever they are, receiving alerts if there is an error, or the cable has been removed. 

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